Montana Trout Unlimited

Montana Trout Unlimited conserves, protects and restores Montana’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

Defending the Smith River: Our #1 Priority

Since 2014, Montana Trout Unlimited and our coalition partners have led the fight to stop a foreign-owned mining company from building a large copper mine on Sheep Creek, a major headwater tributary of the Smith River. Learn more about our campaign to protect this iconic place that’s been treasured by people for thousands of generations.

Who We Are

Founded in 1964, Montana Trout Unlimited is the only statewide grassroots organization dedicated solely to conserving and restoring coldwater fisheries. Montana Trout Unlimited is comprised of 13 chapters representing approximately 4,500 Trout Unlimited members.

Montana Trout Unlimited is governed by volunteer directors from each of the state’s local TU chapters. It is financially independent of TU National and contributions to Montana Trout Unlimited are tax-deductible and support conservation, protection and restoration efforts in Montana.

Our Work

Montana Trout Unlimited conserves, protects, and restores Montana’s cold water fisheries and watersheds. We fight for clean, cold water at the local, state, and federal level by supporting trout-friendly policy. We help Mother Nature by restoring and remedying past wrongs and protecting and recovering native species. We help educate the current and next generation of conservation-minded anglers and seek to build alliances with other groups seeking to protect Montana’s most vital resource.

Chapters & Resources

Volunteer chapters are the key to Montana Trout Unlimited’s commitment to Montana’s coldwater fisheries and intact trout habitat. Across the state, our 13 local chapters further MTU’s mission by advocating for wild trout-friendly policies at the local, state, and federal level, volunteering for boots-on-the-ground restoration and citizen science projects, teaching the next generation of conservation-minded anglers, and so much more. Find out more about your local chapter. If you’re already a board member, locate resources to make your work easier.

Latest Blog Posts

Check out the latest news from Montana Trout Unlimited.

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Learn more about our staff and other committee members.

From education and outreach to advocacy and stream restoration, our work is multifaceted and mission focused. Learn more about some of our current projects here.

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In the News

Our work isn’t just important for anglers. Clean water and healthy ecosystems benefit everyone. Check out these recent stories of our projects in the media:

For a complete list of past media stories about Montana TU, visit our In the News archive HERE.

Support our work! Get the original Montana Trout Plate by Monte Dolack!

Ask for the Montana Council of Trout Unlimited plate at your county treasurer’s office when you purchase a new vehicle or renew your registration.

Contact Us

We’re happy to answer your questions about our work or anything else trout related.
Drop us a line here!