Summer Work Bees

Work bees for 2013 season are over. In the last project of the year, local Boy Scouts planted 20 American Elm trees, which once were common in the Pilgrim River Valley. Check back often for details and dates for 2014 projects.

For information on CCCTU Work Bees, please call John Ollila at 482-5345.

See Pictures of Our Work

The Pilgrim River Watershed Fund

A local fund has been established for the Pilgrim River Watershed Project to pursue permanent land and water protection, non-motorized public recreation, and perpetual stewardship. This dedicated fund will support conservation easement expenses, land acquisitions, long-term site monitoring and resource stewardship. The project will conserve over 1,300 acres of watershed encompassing more than two miles of pristine Pilgrim River and secure public access forever. Visit to learn more about this project and the community organizations supporting it.

Several Challenge Donations have been issued. Donations made towards these challenges will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to the maximum amount of the Challenge. Click on donations to learn more.

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For more information, please contact Bill Leder at

Our Mission

“Conserving, Protecting and Restoring the Copper Country's Cold Water Fisheries”

VISION - CCCTU envisions coldwater sport fisheries of self-sustaining wild, native fish stocks prospering, in restored and maintained habitats within Copper Country lakes and streams.


  • CCCTU will support scientific research of coldwater fish and their aquatic environments which focuses on the Lake Superior basin in general and Michigan 's western Upper Peninsula specifically.
  • CCCTU will undertake restoration and rehabilitation projects which repair, protect, and enhance trout habitat on inland lakes and streams of watersheds located in the Copper Country.
  • CCCTU will support and conduct educational and informational outreach activities for its members and the general public in the Copper Country so as to enhance their understanding and enjoyment of fishing, and the conservation of coldwater fisheries.
  • CCCTU will seek out partnerships with federal, state, local and tribal agencies as well as non-governmental organizations which can assist it in carrying out its mission.

Learn More About Our Mission