Michigan Youth Trout Camp Scholarship

The Copper Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited is making a scholarship available to a boy or girl, age 12 through 16, to enroll in and attend Trout Youth Camp. The four day camp will take place July 5-9 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center on Higgins Lake, in the heart of trout country in the Northern Lower Peninsula.

Campers will gain knowledge about a wide variety of topics including protecting cold water resources, fish biology, and stream habitat. As well, there will be instruction in fishing. The camp staff includes some of Michigan's leading conservationists and anglers. No previous fishing experience is necessary. In the evenings, students will get to fish on all three branches of the famous Au Sable River, casting to brook, brown, and rainbow trout.

The experience is educational, but it is also designed to be fun. The camp is made possible through the efforts of Trout Unlimited National and the many Michigan TU Chapters with their volunteers and members. Also included are the Michigan DNR Fisheries Division, the staff at the RAM Center, Americorp and DEQ volunteers, and many Michigan and Midwest angling guides and other conservationists who have so graciously given of their time and talents.

The Copper Country Chapter will award one $550 scholarship to a youth from the Western Upper Peninsula that includes the $350 registration fee and $200 in travel expenses.

To apply for the scholarship, you must submit a one page essay on why you would like to attend the camp. Mail the essay to: Copper Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited, PO Box 232, Hancock, MI 49930, post marked not later than May 10. Include your name, contact information, and age.

For further information about the camp, including the application form, please go the Kalamazoo Chapter website: http://www.kvctu.org/ and click on activities. The deadline for applications is May 31.

Summer Work Bees

Work bees for the 2015 summer season are being planned and will build upon projects from the previous years, including one in which local Boy Scouts planted 20 American Elm trees, once common in the Pilgrim River Valley. Check back often for details and dates for 2015 projects.

For information on CCCTU Work Bees, please call John Ollila at 482-5345.

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The Pilgrim River Watershed Fund

A local fund has been established for the Pilgrim River Watershed Project to pursue permanent land and water protection, non-motorized public recreation, and perpetual stewardship. This dedicated fund will support conservation easement expenses, land acquisitions, long-term site monitoring and resource stewardship. The project will conserve over 1,300 acres of watershed encompassing more than two miles of pristine Pilgrim River and secure public access forever. Visit www.pilgrimriverwatershed.org to learn more about this project and the community organizations supporting it.

Several Challenge Donations have been issued. Donations made towards these challenges will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to the maximum amount of the Challenge. Click on donations to learn more.

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For more information, please contact Bill Leder at bleder@charter.net

Our Mission

“The purpose of the Chapter shall be to conserve, protect and restore cold-water fisheries and their watersheds in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula.”

VISION - CCCTU envisions coldwater sport fisheries of self-sustaining wild, native fish stocks prospering, in restored and maintained habitats within Western Upper Peninsula lakes and streams.

GOALS -

  • CCCTU will support scientific research of coldwater fish and their aquatic environments which focuses on the Lake Superior basin in general and Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula specifically.
  • CCCTU will undertake restoration and rehabilitation projects which repair, protect, and enhance trout habitat on inland lakes and streams of watersheds located in Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula.
  • CCCTU will support and conduct educational and informational outreach activities for its members and the general public so as to enhance their understanding and enjoyment of fishing, and the conservation of coldwater fisheries.
  • CCCTU will seek out partnerships with federal, state, local and tribal agencies as well as non-governmental organizations which can assist it in carrying out its mission.

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