July workday

The next Central WI TU habitat workday will be Saturday, July 20th, from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.  This month we will be on the beautiful West Branch of the White River, about 3 miles west of Wautoma, not on Bird Creek as previously mentioned.  We will continue to assist the DNR in stream and habitat restoration activities.  You do not have to perform strenuous labor to participate in these enjoyable activities.  All are welcome – there’s something for everyone.  A complimentary streamside lunch will be served afterwards.  A Porta-Potty will be on site.


  • Take Hwy. 21 west from Wautoma to County Hwy Y (about 2 miles).
  • Travel south on Hwy Y for 0.7 mile to driveway.
  • Travel on access road east about 0.3 mile to work site.
  • Watch for the white and black TU signs.

Google Maps Coordinates: 44.056934, -89.337702,

Please plan to be there by 7:45 a.m.  We will work from 8am to about 12 noon, then lunch.  Coffee, juice and donuts will be available for a light breakfast.

Please send a quick RSVP to this email or call my cell if you plan to attend so I can get an accurate count for lunch but more importantly so I can contact you in the event of a workday cancellation.

You will need:

  • Waders, preferably an older pair
  • Gloves that can get wet
  • Eye protection
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Lawn chair for lunch

If by chance we need to cancel the workday due to extreme weather, I will notify you by email.

Thank you,

Dennis Drazkowski

Central WI Trout Unlimited Workday Coordinator




Stewardship Fund

Wisconsin TU Needs Your Help in Saving the Stewardship Program

The fate of Wisconsin’s iconic public lands initiative, the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program will be decided in the coming weeks.  Will you help us light up the phone lines and fill the inboxes?  Our legislators need to hear about our support for this popular program today.

Please take a moment right now to write and call your elected officials.


Our message is simple:

Renew the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program for ten years.

If we all speak up, together we’ll ensure that our best conservation program keeps working to protect Wisconsin’s land and water.  We’ve made it easy for you: just follow the link above, type in your address and a customizable email message will be generated to your legislators.  Then, consider making a phone call to their offices (legislators will place more value on a phone call from a constituent).  Just remember to keep it short and be polite.

What if I’ve already written and called my elected officials?

Please reach out again! We really appreciate the support that you’ve already given to the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, and it’s so important that your elected officials continue to hear from you.

We’ll have to say it again and again:

Renew the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program for ten years because investing in public lands & public access to outdoor recreation are key to Wisconsin’s economy and our way of life.


What is the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program?

Stewardship provides grants for non-profit conservation groups, cities, and the state to purchase land for conservation. Knowles-Nelson also provides funds for the public fishing easements, boat launches, trails, and campgrounds that make it possible for us to get out and enjoy wild places in Wisconsin.

Since 1989, Knowles-Nelson has been a bipartisan success story. Stewardship has proven that clean water, habitat for wildlife, and the land to support Wisconsin’s way of life are things we can all agree on.

What’s the threat?

If the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program is not renewed as part of the state budget being debated right now, then we’ll lose Wisconsin’s best source of funding for land and water conservation. Unfortunately, the Governor’s proposed budget only calls for a two-year extension of the Stewardship Program, a far cry from the ten-year re-authorizations the legislature has approved in the past. To make matters worse, the legislature and the governor are at odds over nearly every item in the budget.

We need our senators, assembly representatives, and the governor to know that Wisconsinites care about protecting land and water.

Why should I write and call now?

Here at Wisconsin Trout Unlimited, we’re hard at work visiting legislators, empowering our grassroots members around the state to speak up for Stewardship, and telling our stories about the importance of Knowles-Nelson.

Together, we’ll ensure that the Stewardship Program continues to work for Wisconsin’s water, outdoor economy, and our way of life.

Much Respect,

Mike Kuhr

Wisconsin Trout Unlimited

Council Chair




Bird Creek Workday

On Saturday, May 18th the Frank Hornberg Chapter of Trout Unlimited joined forces with the Central Wisconsin, Fox Valley and Elliot Donnelley Chapters in a stream workday on Bird Creek just outside of Wautoma.  The stream between STH 21 and West River Road was brushed and brush bundles were installed to narrow the stream.  About 40 people participated including several children.  Afterwards we were treated to a lunch of fried chicken, coleslaw and potato salad.  The Central Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be holding workdays the third Saturday of every month.  Watch our site for details.


Creating a brush bundle

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Bird Creek workgroup


McMillan Memorial Library

The public library in Wisconsin Rapids now has Trout and Wisconsin Trout periodicals.  They come out quarterly.  Stop down and find out what is going on locally or nationally with Trout Unlimited.




Little Plover River Workday

TO ALL:                 The Work Party has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 8th from Noon till 3:00 p..  It looks like the weather will not be an issue; but kindly check your emails after 12:00 Noon on Friday as that will be the last Alert should anything be changing.  The Work Detail remains as follows; 

Ø  We will assemble around 11:45 at the following parking area just South of the Little Plover River.  County Road R runs North & South from HWY HH to HWY B.  Coming in from B, you would drive North to the first T-Intersection which is Black Oak Drive.   Turn East and go about 100 yards and then turn North Across the field.  The parking area is on the Conservancy near the woods.   The ground is firm and you should see where cars have gone before.  

Ø  Our Conservation Club Volunteers will work with UWSP/CNR students to assemble and tie some tag alder bundles which will be installed in the stream at a later date.  You need not bring any power equipment as that will be handled by the Students.  Hand Loppers will be available.  Feel free to bring you own Loppers if you have them.  

Ø  No need to get into the stream at this point and the ground has sufficiently firmed with the colder weather. 

Ø  Over the past two Fridays, the Students have worked on some preliminary cuttings along the stream.  Professor Kyle Herman provided a report complete with pictures.    See below.  

Ø  You need not be an experienced “bundler”.   This will be a neat interchange with the Students.   There will be pictures and media interest for local Conservation Groups who provide the volunteers. 

Ø  Feel free to pass the word along and bring additional volunteers to the party. 

Ø  If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email or give me a call.  I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.  

Again, we thank you for your support.                   Jerry Knuth, Coordinating   (715) 340-5414 {c)


BrushBundlingMaking brush bundles

LitPlover1Members of Izaak Walton League, Frank Hornberg Chapter of Trout Unlimited, UW-Stevens Point, and Wisconsin Wildlife Federation



High Capacity wells threaten Portage County Trout Streams


October Fishing


Pine River Workday

On Saturday, August 18th the Frank Hornberg Chapter of Trout Unlimited joined the Central Wisconsin, Fox Valley, and Shaw-paca chapters and the Wisconsin DNR for a workday on the Pine River in Waushara County off Aniwa Road.  Two overhead bank covers, totaling 160 feet were installed.  Thirty-four people attended the workday.  The Central Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited provided an excellent lunch afterwards.

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Work Group