Adams Chapter TU was awarded an Embrace A Stream grant

EASThe Adams Chapter was just awarded an Embrace A Stream grant for $6500.  We also have the opportunity to raise much more through a Crowdfunding campaign organized by Trout Unlimited with some matching funds from Orvis.  This offer runs from November 4 through November 10.  For this opportunity go to

Our project is to restore a now abandoned sand trap on the Boardman River’s north branch.  The sand trap was build around 1994 and the site now has bare and eroding streambanks, no shade, and no instream structure for fish.  The Chapter will also repair an upstream bend as part of this project.

The goal for the project is to build stream structure, repair eroding banks, and restore some streambanks now staying in place with only geotextile cloth.  The project will require volunteer time for physical work and planning as well as engineering for planning and permitting, acquiring wood, rocks, and rootballs, and an excavator with heavy equipment.

The sand trap was built in the mid 1990s and was abandoned after it did not prove to be effective — a function of its size, location, and operating costs.  Experience here and elsewhere showed that taking steps to stop erosion and trap sediment is more effective.

The Adams Chapter is pleased to be working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Grand Traverse Conservation District. The area MDNR Fisheries Management Biologist is the Sponsoring Professional.  The Chapter and Grand Traverse Conservation District are also contributing funds to the project.

Successful fundraising will allow the Chapter to complete this project in the latter part of 2020, after getting permits, when environmental conditions are suitable.

We appreciate your support!

Reserve your spot for the Annual Wa Wa Sum outing on The Au Sable in September!

Join the Adams Chapter of Trout Unlimited at the historic Wa Wa Sum Lodge on the banks of the Au Sable mainstream in Grayling Friday September 13-Sunday September 15. The lodge is located on the section known as the “Holy Water”. Wa Wa Sum is located just downstream from the birth place of Trout Unlimited. TU was formed at George Griffith’s home, The Barbless Hook, in July of 1959. Wa Wa Sum is a historic lodge dating back to 1880 and was originally owned by the Stranahan family from Toledo, Ohio. Michigan State University acquired it in 1982 and uses it primarily as a research center. They rent the lodge to various organizations throughout most of the year. This event is open to all members of the Adams Chapter of Trout Unlimited and their guest(s). Must be 21 or older to attend. Reservations are needed see The Events Calendar for details

For the Love of Rivers May 5th at Traverse City Opera House with Dr. Kurt Fausch

Dr. Kurt Fausch is a renowned fisheries ecologist who spent a career studying how fish make a living in streams and how streams are linked to their riparian forests. In this talk and film, he crosses boundaries of countries, cultures, and scientific disciplines to explore why healthy, connected rivers are essential for fish, and humans, and how we can conserve them — in Michigan and beyond.

His book, For The Love Of Rivers and film, River Webs both speak to the largely unknown bond between the river environment and the surrounding forest.  Join us for a FREE screening of the film and an opportunity to meet Dr. Fausch during a post-movie book signing.

While there is no cost to the event we are requiring a ticket for admission.  Click HERE to learn more and register.

For The Love of Rivers Book Trailer from Kurt Fausch on Vimeo.

Send your teen to the Michigan Trout Unlimited Youth Trout Camp!

The Kalamazoo Valley Chapter Trout Unlimited is hosting the Michigan Youth Trout Camp  Sunday June 23- Thursday June 27th, 2019 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center on Higgins Lake, located at 104 Conservation Drive, Roscommon, MI 48653 in the heart of Northern Michigan trout country. The four-day Camp is designed to educate our 14-16 year old boys and girls, who will become our next generation of conservation leaders, about the importance of protecting our coldwater resources. Campers will learn that how we choose to use our land can affect the health of our streams, our trout, and ourselves. We will discuss stream restoration. Campers will collect and learn to identify macro-invertebrates important to trout and learn what they can tell us about water quality and stream habitat. Students will discover what trout need to survive, where they hide, and, with help from some of Michigan`s leading conservationists and anglers, how to catch them. No previous fly fishing experience is necessary! In the evenings, the students will get to test their new skills on all three branches of the famous Au Sable River, casting to beautiful brookies, spunky rainbows, and big brown trout. All of this will be under the guidance of local experts and Trout Unlimited volunteers. This camp is educational, but is also designed to be fun! The Camp is made possible through the efforts of TU National and the many TU Chapters with their volunteers and members. Also included are the MI DNR Fisheries Division, the staff at the RAM Center, Americorp and DEQ volunteers, and many MI and Midwest Angling Guides and other conservationists who have so graciously given of their time and talents to this Camp.

The normal cost for the camp is $700 but The Adams Chapter is proud to sponsor 1/2 the cost ($350) for up to three campers and there is usually additional funding available upon request if you need help with the remainder.  Spots are limited so please submit your application as soon as possible.  Click HERE to download your application.  In order to get funding from The Adams Chapter Trout Unlimited, please submit your completed application with supporting materials to John Wyrwas at or Education Chair Kate Bailey at  They’re both also available if you have additional questions.  Applications must be received by April 15th!


Adams Chapter Trout Unlimited Cold Water Celebration and Fundraising Banquet

Fri, April 5, 2019        6:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

The Adams Chapter is excited to once again be at The Hagerty Center to celebrate the region’s cold water resources and raise funds for future efforts. There’s an awful lot to celebrate as we acknowledge the removal of the Sabin Dam, the last of three dams removed, and that’s restored free flow to The Boardman river all the way from its headwaters to Union Street in downtown. We’ll be set up for a light hearted, but informational, cocktail format. There will be great food, cash bar, music, silent auction, live auction, games and more. Seating is limited to 200 and we sold out our last event so please purchase your tickets now as there will likely be none available the night of the event.

Tickets available on line Through EventBrite

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The Hagerty Center
715 East Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49686