Our mission

To conserve, protect and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

Chapter vision statement

Our vision is for current and future generations of the Upper Arkansas River Valley to enjoy, appreciate, and cherish our waters, and to carry on the mission of protecting the quality watershed for present and future generations.


Collegiate Peaks Chapter works in the upper Arkansas River Valley, in central Colorado. The chapter has over 300 members. Its projects run from doing habitat restoration and stream access maintenance to advocating for responsible public policies, and working with a variety of agencies on conservation projects. The chapter offers fly fishing classes, a middle school enrichment program called “Stream Explorers”, and sponsors youth fishing derbies. Volunteers usually put in about 3,000 hours a year to conserve, protect, and restore coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. The chapter also provides up to $12,000 annually for scholarships.

About Trout Unlimited

For more than 50 years, TU has played the leading role in protecting one of America’s last great national treasures: our nation’s trout and salmon fisheries. By combining “on the ground” restoration efforts, a cutting-edge scientific research and effective advocacy on behalf of our coldwater fisheries, TU has been an effective steward for trout and salmon nationwide.

Through over 450 chapters nationwide, TU organizes grassroots stream restoration projects, conservation programs and youth education events.

TU’s national fundraising initiatives such as the Coldwater Conservation Fund and the Embrace-A-Stream program provide hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for groundbreaking scientific research and local instream restoration projects across the country.

TU also works at the state and federal level, providing a voice for fish and coldwater resources, strengthening existing protections and challenging new threats to trout and salmon.