About Us

Our History

Trout Unlimited is a group of conservation-minded anglers promoting quality trout and salmon fisheries — both for their intrinsic value as well as for watershed health.

In 1959 on the banks of one solitary stream — Michigan’s Au Sable River — a small group of anglers banded together to ensure the health of trout, their habitat, and the sport of angling.Two years later, they won their first victory.

Michigan replaced its indiscriminate fish-stocking activities with stream improvement programs, fingerling planting and protective fishing regulations – all designed to protect the wild, native fish.

So began TU’s concept of catch-and-release. Trout Unlimited has evolved, and today’s Mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds.

Today, Trout Unlimited’s 500 chapters and 125,000+ volunteer-member network continue to conserve, protect and restore … One Stream at a Time.

“A good gamefish is too valuable to be caught only once.”

—Lee Wulff, 1938



— Take Action

Acting for conservation can take on many forms. Donate your talent and make an impact in Lancaster County


— Act Locally

With an average monthly membership of more than 800 members, DTU is one of the largest and most active Trout Unlimited chapters not only in Pa but also in the entire country. There is a constant need for additional volunteers and donors to continue and expand the work. Please contact any Chapter officers or committee chairs to learn about opportunities to get involved


— Volunteer

Want to help out? Check out our volunteer page for an overview of opportunities.

What DTU Does


— We Educate

DTU has maintained an active education and

outreach schedule to promote conservation with all age groups in Lancaster County. 

Included in this will be an improved website designed to educate, inform, and become a resource for environment educators and parents. As soon as life returns to normal we will resume in person activities.


— Our Approach

Because the best conservation work is done by connecting landowners, agencies, non-profit organizations, and other stakeholders, most projects are soup-to-nut efforts. Each project is unique. In a typical year, DTU works with more than 50 cooperating organizations to identify conservation work that needs to be done, to work with landowners to find possible solutions, to assess watersheds, to develop engineering solutions, and to find necessary funding. All this planning and work on the ground is done to improve streams and buffer to the point where they can heal themselves. We get our hands dirty. We have the science to back up our claims.


— Lifestyle

Chapter members sleep, breathe and occasionally even eat trout — and we love to talk about fishing . . . But our focus is on conservation. All members are volunteers, but we are known for all of the quality projects that we complete on time and under budget.

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