The Collegiate Peaks Chapter of Trout Unlimited 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. We offer fly fishing classes, a middle school enrichment program called “Stream Explorers”, have a womens’ group called FlyGals, and sponsor youth fishing derbies. Volunteers put in over 3,000 hours/year. The chapter also provides up to $12,000 annually for scholarships.

We are also working on an education facility, the Ecosystem Learning Center (ELC), on the banks of the South Arkansas river.

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Coming events

Conejos/Elk Creek camping trip
on Thursday, Jun 30th, 12:00am

We have a small group heading to the Conejos River & Elk Creek and camping at the Elk Creek Campground. The dates are from June 30 thru July 13th. Campgrounds fill up early, so if you are interested you should go online and make your reservations ASAP. There are other state campgrounds and RV Resort campgrounds along the river, as well. You can always book close elsewhere and meet up for evening happy hours and compare fishing tales, or make plans to join people the next day! Some people are just going for a few nights and others for the entire time. Contact Rick Helmick at for more info.
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Flash Fishing-art Fundraiser
on Saturday, Jul 2nd, 9:00am

We will be holding the first ever Flash Fishing-art Fundraiser event on Saturday, July 2nd on the F Street Mall in Salida. The art tent will be operating from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm in front of Kaleidoscope Toys at 116 F Street. Seven pieces of fishing-themed fine art will be offered for various levels of donations to the chapter. Fly tying demonstrations will be held throughout the day and a box of 60 custom-tied flies will be available by donation. These items are only available by stopping by the tent in person. If you have questions or need additional information, contact Keith Krebs at
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July 4th Kids Fishing Derby 2022
on Monday, Jul 4th, 8:30am
Frantz Lake
The annual July 4th Kids Fishing Derby at Frantz Lake returns for 2022. The free event, for kids 13 and younger, is sponsored by Trout Unlimited and Colorado Parks & Wildlife. Registration begins at Frantz Lake at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, July 4th, followed by fishing from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. A free hot dog lunch will be provided for contestants and their families. Special prizes will be awarded, including first fish caught, longest fish caught, and contestant who traveled the farthest to participate. All contestants will receive a derby souvenir. Kids should bring their own fishing gear, water, and sunscreen. At 11:15 derby winners will be announced. Parking is available near the lake. Frantz Lake is located just outside…
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For a complete list of events, including all our meetings, please check our calendar page.

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