Here’s our story, in four minutes of video featuring some BIG Vermillion River trout, and the fun you can have volunteering with us:

You can get on our chapter’s email of events by sending an email to Dan Callahan, the chapter’s communications volunteer: dan@twin citiestu.org

Trout Unlimited – Local:
Our Twin Cities Trout Unlimited (TCTU) chapter includes nearly 2000 volunteers. We work at the local and state level to restore trout streams such as the Vermillion River in Lakeville and Farmington.  Together with the other six other chapters that form Minnesota Trout Unlimited, (MNTU) we’ve restored more than 40 miles of trout streams across the state, raising money to fund construction costs, and donating volunteer labor, all in cooperation with the MNDNR. 

Our mission is to “Conserve, protect, restore, and sustain coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.” That includes  educating local and state lawmakers about the nonpartisan goal of caring for Minnesotan’s public waters, and conserving natural resources now, and for the generations that will follow us.

We hold regular events such as free clinics to learn how to fly fish, and presentations on where to catch trout in the metro area, as well as volunteer to teach fly tying and educate people about our water resources, through events such as the Dakota County Fair, the State Fair, and local celebrations.

At a Restoration Level:
From Trout Run in Troy, to Hay Creek in Red Wing, to the Vermillion River in Lakeville and Farmington, the positive environmental impact we’ve made on these resources is incredible. We not only have rebuilt riverbanks, which keeps sediment from washing downstream into rivers such as the Minnesota, St. Croix and Mississippi, but we’ve also restored adjoining native prairies: 12 acres of praire for every mile of stream we restore.  Restoration starts with protecting the land that sheds water to a stream–its “watershed”.  Protecting the landscape also protects  wildlife habitat.

At a Youth Level:
TCTU members know that to preserve these valuable resources for future generations, we must educate, engage and involve our youth.  

At a Community Level:
TCTU also extends its reach beyond conservation, into our community, with special events such as:

  • Project Healing Waters: Designed for the rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans through the sport of fly fishing.
  • Casting for Recovery: provides an opportunity for women whose lives have been profoundly affected by breast cancer to experience physical, emotional, and spiritual healing through retreats in a beautiful natural setting; and learn fly-fishing, a sport for life.

Conserving, Restoring and Protecting our cold water fisheries is all of our responsibilities (fishing and non-fishing public).  Without the support of our TCTU members, donors and volunteers we run the risk of permanently losing these beautiful places.

 Trout Unlimited – National:
Trout Unlimited (TU) is the nation’s oldest and largest coldwater fisheries conservation organization dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s trout and salmon and their watersheds. There are more than 150,000 members in 38 states and more than 400 grassroots-volunteer-based chapters. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, TU is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Trustees, a grassroots board and a National Leadership Council with a representative from each state. Working together, they provide a powerful strategic plan for watersheds and coldwater fisheries throughout the continental U.S., including Alaska.