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Hiawatha Trout Unlimited is the leading voice, and YOUR VOICE, advocating for coldwater fisheries and watersheds in the Driftless Region of SE Minnesota.

Minnesota is blessed with a very diverse fishery – Arrowhead trout lakes, northern brook trout streams, Lake Superior, North Shore rivers, central Minnesota gems, recovering metropolitan area streams, and the fertile spring creeks nestled in the scenic Driftless landscape in southeast Minnesota.  

However, our trout fisheries face threats daily. 

  • Silica sand mining
  • Excessive or illegal water withdrawals from our aquifers and streams
  • Polluted runoff from poor agricultural, forestry and urban land use practices
  • Aquatic invasive species and Asian carp
  • Conversion of the North Shore Trail to ATV use
  • Sulfide mining
  • Attempts to undermine wild steelhead recovery
  • Numerous other short-sighted policies and activities

There are numerous ways in which you can help us improve and sustain your fishing opportunities in the Minnesota – by volunteering on habitat improvement  projects, being active in your local TU chapter, or responding to MNTU action alerts with timely calls to policymakers.  However, effective coldwater conservation in Minnesota will not happen without your direct financial support.

Every dollar of Outdoor Heritage Fund grant money goes to the costs of constructing our habitat improvement projects.  So while Hiawatha TU and Minnesota TU expends great amounts of time, effort and resources to plan and secure funding for habitat work, we receive no state funding for these vital efforts.   We depend upon you - members and non-members – to provide the “seed money” needed to secure habitat grants. 

Many members believe that their TU membership dues and response to national direct mail and other fundraising efforts support the work that Minnesota TU chapters are doing. In reality, we receive none of the money from TU National's direct mail and other campaigns.  Instead, we depend upon your direct donations to keep us speaking out for you  and ensuring the protection, restoration and sustainability of Minnesota fisheries.

Please do your part to ensure that Hiawatha TU will be there, working to counter the many threats to our coldwater fisheries.  Simply click on the DONATE NOW button to make a secure on-line donation.

Your tax deductible donation to Hiawatha Trout Unlimited will be used protecting, restoring and advocating for clean water, coldwater fisheries, and healthy watersheds in Minnesota and the region. 

Donate on-line, or by check made payable to “Hiawatha Trout Unlimited” and mailed to: Hiawatha Trout Unlimited P.O. Box7064, Rochester, MN 55903.

Hiawatha Trout Unlimited is a non-profit corporation, and tax exempt under IRS Code 501 (c)(3).  Your contribution to Hiawatha TU is tax deductible as provided in section 170 of the IRS Code.