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  Site last updated: 08/11/2022

2020 PA Small Chapter of the Year' Award Recipient!

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ACTU is the Southcentral PA regional chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU). As a local, grassroots organization, we work to promote TU’s mission of conserving, protecting, and restoring North America's Coldwater fisheries and their watersheds right here in Adams County.

We work to support TU’s vision of ensuring robust populations of native and wild cold water fish will once again thrive within their Southern District, so our children and grandchildren can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters. Local improvement projects have included: Conewago Creek, Conococheague Creek, Marsh Creek, Mountain Creek, Latimore Creek and Opossum Creek.

Please note that ACTU is not strictly a fly fishing organization. We support and promote all types of trout fishing!


Chapter News

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held

                         PA state and Adams County-elected officials; representatives
                         from the Adams County Conservation District, Planning Office,
                         and Land Conservancy; the President of the PA Fish and Boat
                         Commission; representatives from Conewago Contractors and
                         Vulcan Materials Company; and members from the Northern
                         Virginia and Adams County Chapters of Trout Unlimited gathered on the morning of August 11 for a groundbreaking ceremony at the Zeigler Mill Road Access site. Construction of a parking area for anglers and others visiting the fly-fishing-only catch-and-release section of the Conewago Creek is currently scheduled to begin later this month and be completed in September. This construction is a part of the overall plan for the property acquired by the Fish and Boat Commission from Knouse Foods in December 2021. Many thanks to all the organizations, businesses, and individuals who were instrumental in the multi-year effort to see this project grow from a vision into reality!

August Chapter Meeting Scheduled

              Our August Chapter meeting will begin at 7 pm on Wednesday, August
              17, at the Adams County Conservation District Office, 670 Old
               Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg. Discussion will include planning for
               Chapter activities for the remainder of 2022 and all of 2023.

Yearly Chapter Awards Presented

               ACTU presented its two yearly Chapter awards at the July meeting.
               Howard Hellyer received the David A. Swope Award for his outstanding
               contributions to ACTU over the past year. In addition, Buzz Dettinburn
               was awarded ACTU's Adopt-A-Stream Award for his conservation
               efforts with regards to improvement of habitat on the fly fishing-only
               catch-and-release section of the Conewago Creek! Congratulations to
               both on your dedication to ensuring ACTU's continued success.

Conewago Creek Clean-Up Day A Success!

The morning of Saturday, July 16, found Gillian Short leading a group of 20 ACTU volunteers and friends in cleaning up the fly-fishing section of the Conewago Creek. Trash was collected, downed trees blocking paths were cleared, walkways from the main path to the stream were trimmed, and new signs were hung. Gillian organized and directed the clean up effort as a part of a National Honor Society activity. Thanks to all who volunteered their time!