Respect the landowner!

The Little Juniata River is 32 miles in length. It starts in the city limits of Altoona with the confluence of Spring Run and Kettle Creek, flows north to Tyrone, then east to the confluence near Alexandria. Of these miles,. All but a few miles,including Rothrock state forest, are privately owned. (LJRA has secured 4 miles of permanent public access on prime water by paying landowners for easements). Keeping good relations with these private landowners is a major priority for LJRA as it should be for all who wish to have access to this resource. Please respect the landowners rights ! If you see someone damaging signs or dumping trash, take down the license plate and report them immediately to law enforcement. Or report them to the LJRA leadership (we’ll take it to the Water Conservation Officer for prosecution). If you see a violation call 911 or 814 684 5922

LJRA Meeting Thursday, June 9th

The Little Juniata River Association will hold its monthly meeting on June 9th at the Edgewater Acres , 7 PM.  Come early for dinner and or stay after for drinks and yarn telling.  This month’s agenda includes an update on the trout telemetry study. Several trout have reappeared after being “gone” since last fall! We will also review current projects status.


Red Buds are showing color – March 27th.

If history is any predictor, Grannom caddis will start emergence within 3 days. In 2012 red buds accurately showed on March 21st. The first fishable hatch of grannoms came on March 23rd. Last year the red buds were late (April 16th) and so were the grannoms. They came on high water April 18th. and were not very fishable. I have tracked this relationship for many seasons….get your dries ready.



Grannoms updates moved to the forum. We are looking for patterns to post in the fly tying sections- JCR

Join the Little Juniata River Association

We encourage all those who love this wonderful river, its wild brown trout, stone trestles and wildlife to join the LJRA. Each new member will be offered a tour of the headwaters, access points and LJRA river improvement projects.  Join on this website, or email us at  Or, better yet,  come to a LJRA meeting. Next meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 11th at he Edgewater Inn, 7 PM.

LJRA Meeting June 9th

The Little Juniata river Association will hold a meeting at the Edgewater Inn and Riverside Grill on  Tuesday, June the 9th at 7PM. The Brown Trout Telemetry study will be reported on including movements of the 24 trout tagged with locator transmitters so far. Members and other interested parties are invited. Drinks and conversation afterwards in the Riverside Bar and Grill.

Bill Anderson

(I will bring a few copies of my book for those who have been asking).

Brown trout Telemetry study

Brown Trout Telemetry Study


The Little Juniata River Association and Juniata College have launched a program to determine where the wild trout on our river spend their time. The plan is for LJRA members  to capture mature wild brown trout with hook and line. Then we surgically insert a small transmitter that gives off a signal that is detectable for up to 1/2 mile. Thus far 11 transmitters have been activated. A total of 24 transmitters will be followed for approximately 14 months. We will follow the trout as they flee the warm water of mid summer to see where they find refuge. We will also follow these mature trout as they spawn next fall. The knowledge gained will allow the LJRA to direct future fish habitat projects to those areas of the river used most by our brownies.


LJRA meeting Thursday, April 9th, 7PM, Edgewater Acres near Alexandria.

LJRA meeting Thursday, April 9th, 7PM, Edgewater Acres near Alexandria.

Our speaker this month will be Tobias Nagle from the Altoona Water Authority. The AWA controls five reservoirs and their outlet streams in the headwaters of the “j”. Tobias will present a study of flows and water temps from these reservoirs. Other business will include a recap of our recent cleanup. And a forecast for spring hatches.