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Stream improvement work to start soon. March 24 Win-Cres will have a workday to start removing unwanted invasives,brush, trees, etc. along Garvin from the arches up to farmers park. Work is already underway to prepare the section of Rush creek between the bridges below ehlenfeldts creek for work. The DNR plans to finish Rush creek H.I. work above that section as soon as weather permits. The DNR also plans to start a redo on H. I. work that was done on Big Trout creek at Fitches farm some years ago after Rush work is done. Permitting still underway for Wisel, West Indian & SB whitewater projects.

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Wild Game Feed Join us at Holzinger Lodge at 6:00 Wed 11/29. Bring a game or fish dish if you have one, to share. This event was a nice success. 35-40 people brought a wide variety of dishes to share, including Joe Lepley personally caught Alaskan halibut. We also raised ~ $1000 for chapter activities.

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Just want to let the fishing public know that Extensive Habitat Improvement projects are planned for the next couple years. Streams included from our area are: Wisel creek, So. Br. Whitewater, West Indian creek, Rush creek and the 3rd phase of Garvin brook. Update: Jeff Hastings and the TU Dare group have been successful in applying for & getting a 9 million dollar grant for conservation projects in the Driftless Area. It will be interesting to see how we can use this to supplement the Legacy Fund grants to really power up trout habitat & fishing opportunities in SE MN

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Phase II of Garvin Brook is now complete, only need for native grasses seeding to take hold.  Phase III(Arches up to Farmer’s park is approved, need to start design work.  Project for upper Money creek is also approved, work to take place over next couple years.

Phase III has now had the design phase completed and work on the project should be started in 2018.

Website Maintenance

Beginning today, I, Jim Clark am taking over maintenance of the Win-Cres TU website. I am not very experienced, so it will be a learning experience. If you have ? about Win-Cres or the Website, I can be contacted at

Welcome To The Win-Cres T.U. Chapter Website

The Win-Cres Chapter of Trout Unlimited has commissioned the construction of this website to further the goal of Coldwater Conservation in the Driftless Area of Southeast Minnesota. The purpose of this website is to inform chapter members as well as the general public of the on going efforts of our chapter. We hope the options available on this website will facilitate frequent communication with members regarding up coming events, stream restoration projects as well as fund raising efforts. Please help us update our records by subscribing to the Win-Cres Chapter E-Newsletter (to your right), you will get an email asking you to confirm that you want to receive emails from us. We will do our best to limit the number of emails you receive but quick communication, especially when weather sensitive projects are on the line is important. Take note of the Events Calendar which will be updated often to include work days, member meetings, as well as opportunities around the area to contribute to other efforts to improve our cold water resources. You can contact Win-Cres at with questions or comments, feed back is also appreciated. Thank You.

-Your Chapter Officers and Board