Welcome to the 8th Annual

Battle at Boxwood

Brought to you by Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.™


Date: July 21, 2018

Address: Boxwood Gulch Ranch
Shawnee, Colorado


Event: 8th Annual Battle at Boxwood

What: cmpetitive fly fishing ONLY for trout (rainbow, brown, cutthrout, cutbow and brook) averaging 16″-22″ and up to 30″ on 3 miles of private water on the north branch of the South Platte River

Why: to support the charitable organization, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, which benefits recovering wounded US military veterans across North America.

When: July 21, 2018

Where: Boxwood Gulch Ranch, Shawnee CO (50 miles SW of downtown Denver)

Cost: team sponsorship fee of $3,500 includes one person to a full day of guided trout fishing, beverages, dinner/snacks and a complete St. Croix Rod fly-fishing outfit, plus Sponsor provided signage if desired.

Format: 1 day competition comprising of 10 six-man teams (each includes 2 professional guides, sponsor, sports or entertainment celebrity and two recovering wounded veterans)…top 3 teams are determined by the team's total number of trout landed and get trophies/bragging rights!

Sponsorships available:

  • Dinner: $3000
  • Team: $3500 (3 available)
  • Beat Sponsorship: $500 (10 available)

Coming soon……Below are the Sports and Entertainment Celebrities who participated in the 7th Annual Battle at Boxwood on July 22, 2017


Shjon Podein (1990-06)
Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues

Peter McNab (1973-87)
Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks, NJ Devils

Mark Cooper (1983-89)
Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Will Montgomery (2006-15)
Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers, NY Jets, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears

Jake Grove (2004-10)
Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins

Tate Cunningham (2002-present)
Drummer for the rock band, SafetySuit

Brad Maxwell (1977-87)
MN North Stars, Quebec Nordiques, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, NY Rangers

Chris Dahlquist (1985-97)
Pittsburgh Penguins, MN North Stars, Calgary Flames, Ottawa Senators

Greg Smith (1975-88)
California Golden Seals, Cleveland Barons, MN North Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Washington

Karl Mecklenburg (1983-94)
Denver Broncos

I’m Steve Payne, a business executive and retired NHL player that spent 10 years with the MN North Stars (now the Dallas Stars). Supporting our military is very important to me, so I spend a lot of time doing so. With help from some generous, caring friends, I created the Battle at Boxwood event now in it’s eighth year. The event supports the wonderful organization, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF), by raising money and getting recovering wounded warriors on the water for a day of trout fishing with sports celebrities from the NHL, NFL and MLB. It takes place each year at the Boxwood Gulch Ranch in Shawnee, CO, which is owned/operated by Dan & Karen Mauritz.
Steve Payne
Event Director
(952) 356-5078


7th Annual Battle At Boxwood

The 7th Annual #BattleAtBoxwood was a success raising upwards of $75,000 for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. The veterans had a great day #FlyFishing at Boxwood Gulch. Click the link for the full story and how you might be able to help two great organizations. http://bit.ly/2h9erna

Posted by Fly Fisherman on Friday, July 28, 2017