Announcements & Information

Welcome to the WFSC.   New members always welcome.  

WORKDAY scheduled for Oct 16 9:30 am – 5 pm & Oct 17th,  9:30 am to 3 pm.  We are taking down and sawing up / chipping 7 (SEVEN) trees that are dead or dying. (We have already planted their replacements) .  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, sawyers and workers to pick up sticks, split and stack wood, plant grass seed etc.  FREE camping and meals are provided for Lunch on Saturday and Breakfast / Lunch on Sunday, Please fill out this information so we can purchase the correct amount of food and beverages: https://forms.gle/dZuFtLcMQgV2AFnL9
 
We are raising funds for a new “blue cabin”. We have a donar who has a very nice structure and is willing to sell it to us for $13,000. It will be parked in the campground as we begin working on the inside. We are installing a small kitchen, dorm fridge, heat/ ac and it will sleep up to 4, have decks on front and back. It is on wheels.
 

Camping is first come first serve – There is always room. ALL SITES ARE GROUP SITES, CAMP WHERE YOU LIKE.  There are no individual reservations,  Group functions can reserve if they have  more than 12 people and notice by April 1st each year.  Membership $33 by PayPal to westforkSportsclub@gmail.com or $30 in person at the green pay station.

Electrical spots are $25 per night. Non elect $15 per night. (Even if you camp in  a tent in an electrical site the cost is $25 per night. Please leave electric for those who need it. We have fewer electric than tent sites available ~thanks). 
Wood is  $15 full a wheelbarrow. in 2022 we will have cords of wood in various places around the club. The cost is the same no matter where you get it from. 

Price of Picnic tables has decreased! People wanting more picnic tables please consider donating. We can get them for $200 apiece and lost about 12 in the flood. Donations can be made to PayPal above.

Reservations
Native lodges and Cabin are unavailable for the remainder of 2021.  The Buffalo lodge will likely be the only lodge we install next year.  
CLUBHOUSE – please consider having your function here and helping out the club by renting this awesome space for your gatherings !
We practice the policies the CDC recommends.  The entire campground is considered  “group sites” and anyone can camp anywhere, we encourage you to have a good distance between where you place your sites and to not camp next to the river in case the river rises.  We also encourage you to use a mask if unvaxed and indoors, practice frequent hand washing and to be respectful of others distance wise for conversations.  ~thank you in advance for keeping others safe.
 

Please help the club by:

  1. pick up sticks around the campground and put them in fire pits (helps the mowers immensely)
  2. Continue to pull debris off base of trees to save the trees.
  3. DON’T get stuck in a sand trap or wet ground, it will cost you $100 or more to get pulled out by a farmer and repair the grounds.
  4. As an environmental club members should know that the recyclables you toss in the dumpster to to the landfill, not recycling.  Please take them home with you or deliver them 2.6 miles to the recycling center M-F 7:30 am – 3:30 pm.  It is free and likely on your way home. Map Here: Vernon Co. Recycling center (map here) is 2.6 miles from the Campground.
  5. You can also take cans into town and donate them to local causes. There are collection bins for cans by the Mobile on Main.
  6. Trash at the Campground is for campers/ cabin members only.  No matter what you’ve been told in the past. Please respect this as it saves the club precious funds and helps us keep the costs low.   Consider cans vs bottles for camping (YES, good beer is available in cans also!)
 

 

Events in 2021

  1. April 15 – Brook Trout Release with WI DNR, Living Waters Bible Camp and WFSC
  2. April – Viroqua High School Science STEM Water Monitoring
  3. April- Fox Valley TU Adventure Weekend
  4. April – Valley Stewardship Water Monitoring Training
  5. Spring – Boy Scouts of America Chapter
  6. May – Project Green Teen Kids from Shabazz High School in Madison WI
  7. May – Americorps
  8. May – Vets on the Fly
  9. May – local 4H youngsters practicing for the fair presentations of their animals.
  10. JUNE 5 WFSC ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING (PORTAGE SHELTER)
  11. June – Gary Borger TU Chapter Function
  12. June – Veterans on the Fly
  13. June 16 – 20 – Wisconsin Women’s Fly Fishing Clinics – Southern WI Trout Unlimited
  14. July – 3 FREE Music in the Park Concert Series, July 17, 24, 31 , bring lawn chairs, refreshments available.
  15. Aug – Girl Scouts
  16. Sept 10- Avalanche Clave – Wisconsin Fly Fishing Message Board – all welcome, on & off FaceBook
  17. Sept 16- Bamboo Rod Makers – Scott Grady
  18. Sept 18, Widner Remembrance at the Portage Shelter 
  19. Sept 20 Vets on the Fly
  20. October 1 –  5 Rivers Trout Unlimited 

2022

  1. May 2022 – Classic Anglers Heddon Fest & Gear Swap (all generations)

 

Progress Update

Board meeting for 2022 will be June 11th at 7 pm.  We plan on having another music series in July of 2022.

The 2021 WFSC Annual Board meeting was held June 5th at 7 pm.  Thank you to Val Hein and Rodney Cain for their past service to the board. Please welcome Larry Riedl and Jason Fruend to the Board.
 
July’s Music series in the park was a fantastic success. . Note Restoration Cider, Alt Brew and Driftless Provisions are providing refreshments by donation to support the club. Please share, come and camp and enjoy music under the stars!

We were at full capacity with the grounds this year but in August 7th had another flood. We continue to restore the grounds again (not hit as badly as 2018). We also have a landscaping plan for 2022 spring which will help immensely. 

WIDNER Remembrance was held September 18th and many shared wonderful stories and memories. Family and members attended.  

2020 We had a setback opening with Covid. We opened in Mid June due to Covid Safer at Home restrictions.  We restored and regained 80% of park space for member use in 2020 and 100% in 2021. Park is looking good.   Rock picking will continue. PLEASE pick up rocks for 20 mins and put on the rock piles you see.  Eventually we will have the remainder of the campground back for use.  Next round of stream work is being reviewed, devised and hopefully implemented in the spring of 2021. Members wishing to help with the Stream conservation committee should email westforksportsclub@gmail.com , all are welcome.

2019:  We had Stream work completed to repair stream and ground from flood of 2018, more work to do, little by little.

2018: Was a spectacular year until the flood of 2018 where 3 dams upstream broke sending water through the park areas. We lost a blue cabin and are looking for “tiny house” options to replace it. It must be on wheels and not be a project that requires lots of refurbishing to work. If you have options please contact us.

 

Enjoy your time at the Westfork. ~ the Volunteer Board!

 


 

Camping

Camping (first come first serve, no reservations (unless you have 15 or more people, we will then reserve a site for you).

ALL sites are group sites and there are always spots available since you can camp anywhere you like. Do not worry about putting a site number on your tag (registration envelope). 

Dogs are welcome under control.  Dogs are dogs and should be allowed to run. However, if campers are frightened, worried etc. because of a dog,  please ask the owner to put their dog on a leash or to not have the dog around you.  A misbehaving dog is the owners responsibility. Owners, please use leashes when necessary and please be sure to clean up after the dogs.  Dog poo on shoes are no fun for anyone.

Club Work & Donations

Since 1966 the WFSC has been a conservation club. Activities we participate in:

  • Helping feed, and release 2200 brook trout in the Westfork of the Kickapoo Watershed each April. Working with Living Waters Bible Camp and Wisconsin Dept of Natural Resources
  • Environmental Education to youth groups
  • Scholarship to a local high school graduate entering Natural Resource Management.
  • Offering space to groups to gather
  • Initiate or support Stream restoration projects
  • Host At-Risk youth with Natural Resource partners for one week each spring
  • Complete supplemental support for stream projects (build fish cribs, access stiles).
  • Participate in local environmental planning and protections.

Please consider donating time to the grounds, or conservation efforts or donating financially to our mission work stated above. Donations are tax deductible up to $13000.00 to our 501c3. Donations can be delivered in multiple formats:

  • Add extra funds to your camping payment envelopes
  • Paypal funds to westforksportsclub@gmail.com ($33.00)
  • Mail in to WFSC P.O. Box 52, Viroqua WI 54665
  • Work place charitable matches (EIN 39.1624390)
  • Financial benefits from your savings plan. Example Thrivent Financial clients all get $500 EACH year to donate to a 501c3 organization – Contact Jeff Worrell for guidance jeffreyjohnworrell@gmail.com
  • Identify the WFSC as a benefactor in your will.
    • ~100% of donations go directly to run the club and keep it a viable and sustainable option for the future & members! ~thank you for your consideration and donations. 

Membership Privileges

Memberships are required and cost only $30 per year.    Each adult should have a membership.  A family should have one  membership. When children are OF AGE they should buy their own membership. All other adults are expected to be members.  We encourage all adults to purchase memberships.  Membership allows you to camp, use the WiFi, remove your garbage, have wood delivered to be purchased on site, day use anytime, swim, bring your families, rent the clubhouse for events, have picnics and participate in our educational and scientific endeavors. The minor amount of membership helps us pay for the infrastructure you enjoy during your stay; septic, water, electricity, grounds, etc. 

Affordable Camping

Cost Comparison:  Memberships cost $30 per person, camping costs $15 per night per tent and $25 per night for electric (tent or camper) A Weekend of camping at the Westfork for 2 night with a membership currently costs $60 for a tent  or $80 for electric. Less than a hotel room for ONE night!   Every visit after only costs camping fees. $30 for 2 nights in a tent or $50 for 2 nights using electric. 

  • TENTS, Each tent is $15 per night.. How many people are in the tent does not matter, however all adults should be members. Tents should not camp in the electrical sites. If they do the cost is $25 per night per tent.
  • TRAVEL TRAILERS, each electric site has 2 electric plugs in the box and can be shared by more than one trailer. Each Trailer is $25 per night for electrical.
  • Cabin reservations are done only online.
  • COMING SOON – Native Structures , 2 will be available. One with electricity nearer clubhouse and one primitive.

West Fork Sportsmans Club

West Fork Sportsman's Club
S3649 County Rd S, Viroqua, WI 54665, USA

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