About Us

The Copper Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited was founded on April 9, 1998 and serves Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula, including the counties of Houghton, Keweenaw, Ontonagon, Baraga, Iron, and Gogebic. The chapter's service boundaries include the watersheds of the Ontonagon River to the west to the Huron River to the East, and to the Sturgeon River to the south.

The founding members of the Chapter are: Ray Weglarz, Jim Juntilla, Tom Suchenek, Bill Deephouse, John Parsons, Larry Kristapovich, Tim Schulz, Paul Sulisz, Doug Brumm, Steve Albee, Bill Lehtinen, and Jim Baker.

Mission Statement

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 Statement

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.