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

“The purpose of the Chapter shall be to conserve, protect and restore cold-water fisheries and their watersheds in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula.”

VISION - CCCTU envisions coldwater sport fisheries of self-sustaining wild, native fish stocks prospering, in restored and maintained habitats within Western Upper Peninsula 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 Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula.
  • CCCTU will support and conduct educational and informational outreach activities for its members and the general public 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.

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