Hiawatha Chapter of Trout Unlimited has been active in the restoration and conservation of Southeast Minnesota’s cold water streams and fisheries for over three decades. Located in Rochester, Minnesota, the Hiawatha Chapter is actively involved with the streams in the Driftless Area of Southeast Minnesota. The Chapter’s current membership is over 400 people and growing.
Since the late 1970’s, Hiawatha has focused its conservation energy on improving area trout streams, completing miles of trout habitat and stream improvement work. These include extensive work on the Middle Branch of the Whitewater River, Trout Run, Mill, and West Indian Creek. The Chapter has also helped with projects on several other streams including Hay Creek, Pickwick Creek, and Wisel Creek. Looking to the future, Hiawatha Chapter will be working to improve the fishing quality and trout populations on many more miles of streams in Southeast Minnesota.
The Chapter understands that without the next generation of conservationists and anglers, there is no future for our cold water resource. Hiawatha Trout Unlimited has sponsored a kids and seniors fishing day in Lanesboro, and has worked with Win-Cres Chapter of Trout Unlimited for several years to provide angling opportunities for military veterans. Recently, Hiawatha hosted the Driftless Rendezvous at Whitewater State Park – an opportunity for other TU chapters and fly fishing organizations in the state to get together, share skills and knowledge, provide teaching opportunities, and educate interested persons in the basic skills and techniques inherent in fly fishing.
Additionally, the Chapter is actively defending the cold water water resource throughout Minnesota -- without which there would not be a thriving trout population. Hiawatha works to ensure that agencies like the Minnesota PCA and DNR responsibly evaluate environmental impacts of industries such as ethanol plants and sand mining operations that could potentially damage or destroy this precious resource.
Hiawatha TU will continue to work toward healthy watersheds and trout populations as it looks to the future. If you are not already a member of Trout Unlimited, please consider joining Hiawatha TU and contribute your time, talents, and funds today!