Trout Unlimited

Founded in Michigan in 1959, Trout Unlimited today is a national non-profit organization with 300,000 members and supporters dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. Our staff and volunteers work from coast to coast to protect, reconnect, restore and sustain trout and salmon habitat on behalf of today’s anglers and coming generations of sportsmen and women who value the connection between healthy, intact habitat and angling opportunity.

From forested rivers like the Farmington in Connecticut to the pristine waters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay and all points in between, Trout Unlimited’s work spans nearly a million miles of cold water all across North America. Trout Unlimited is the most effective coldwater fisheries conservation organization in the country. Donors invest in Trout Unlimited because we get things done on the ground, in statehouses and on Capitol Hill.

Trout Unlimited has a basic approach to its conservation strategy. First, they use the best available science to protect headwater spawning habitat for trout and salmon. They reconnect tributaries with their rivers to ensure resilience, and they restore waters where development has impacted trout and salmon and the opportunity to fish for them. Second, they sustain their work on the ground by:

  • Using the best science to drive conservation priorities
  • Promoting and maintaining a strong legal and regulatory framework to protect fish and fishing opportunity
  • Connecting with passionate anglers who want to give back to the resource they value so much
  • Increasing their ability to engage Trout Unlimited members in conservation by training, educating and building a strong community of angler advocates
  • Connecting with generous donors and helping them give to the fish they cherish and the places they love
  • Helping members connect and communicate with one another via their website, TROUT Magazine and the TU Blog

From the Penobscot in Maine to the South Fork of the Snake in Idaho and west to the Klamath in Oregon and California, Trout Unlimited and its staff and volunteers work on the ground in hundreds of places, protecting, reconnecting and restoring trout and salmon habitat for the benefit of today’s anglers and generations to come.

Sixty years after their founding, no other conservation organization is as well placed as Trout Unlimited to make a difference for the nation’s coldwater fisheries.


For more information, visit Trout Unlimited's website.