Imagine this…  It’s opening morning of trout season.  You’ve made your way down to the banks of Paint Creek.  The water is cold and clean with a slight mist hitting the air.  You’ve fished same section last season and know it well.  After selecting your opening day fly pattern you make a perfect cast behind a boulder Mother Nature must have put there just for a trout to hide behind.  Within seconds a beautiful Paint Creek brown trout takes your fly and you bring him quickly to hand.  You admire your first Paint Creek trout of the year then slowly slide him back into the water.  Your morning couldn’t be more perfect.

What would you do to keep Paint Creek just as perfect as that moment in time?

Photo-2013-02-04-08.07.20-PM.jpgEvery year a group of dedicated Clinton Valley Chapter volunteers set out to keep Paint Creek the amazing urban fishery that it is.  They value the connection between healthy habitat and the opportunity to catch trout in this wonderful “gem” of a trout stream.  Conservation is the foundation that Trout Unlimited was built on and the Clinton Valley Chapter strives to keep building on this foundation here in Southeast Michigan.

To join the Clinton Valley Chapter in our efforts to protect, reconnect and restore our outstanding cold water resources visit our VOLUNTEER PAGE and sign up today.

Please check the CVTU calendar of events on our home page for an updated list of projects.


Paint Creek Project

Paint Creek is Southeast Michigan’s gem of a trout stream and CVTU has taken great pride in protecting this wonderful resource.   Every year anglers spend countless hours this urban fishery.  For information on projects associated with Paint Creek contact our Conservation Chair, Mark Johnston


Clinton River Coldwater Conservation Project

In 2002, Clinton Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited teamed up with the Vanguard Chapter , Challenge Chapter, Paul H. Young, and the Clinton River Watershed Council in order to assess the viability of a trout fishery on the Clinton River.  If you are interested in this project, please contact our Conservation Chair, Mark Johnston, for more information.

Map photo credit – Clinton River Watershed Council