About Us

The West Denver Chapter, Trout Unlimited (WDTU, TU chapter #130) is a member-driven 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is Conserving, protecting, and enhancing Colorado’s coldwater fisheries through volunteerism, education, and outreach.

WDTU was founded in Colorado in 1974, and now has over 1100 members across western metro Denver, including Lakewood, Golden, Morrison, Englewood, Littleton, Wheatridge, and Arvada. Our conservation and community outreach projects include the restoration and water quality monitoring of Clear Creek, and Jefferson County Outdoor Lab school programs. The chapter’s membership meets regularly at the monthly chapter meeting (except July). These meetings are free and open to the public. You can find the Chapter’s financial information here.

WDTU’s governance also relies directly upon its members, who generously volunteer their time and effort to achieve the chapter’s mission. The WDTU Bylaws provide details on the chapter’s governance. The chapter’s Board of Directors has a board meeting every month (separate from the chapter meeting). Members are welcome to attend board meetings and are encouraged to volunteer to be an Officer or Director.

WDTU has active parent organizations at the state and national levels.

  • 1959

National Trout Unlimited founded

  • 1969

Colorado Trout Unlimited founded

  • 1974

West Denver Chapter Trout Unlimited founded

  • 1978

South Platte River Restoration: Wildcat Canyon

  • Late 1980’s

St. Louis Creek Restoration

South Platte River Restoration: Dream Stream reach

Colorado River Restoration: Kemp-Breeze & Hot Sulphur Springs State Wildlife Areas

  • 1990

Windy Peak Outdoor Education Lab: Handicap-Accessible Fishing Pier, Docks & Decks

  • Early 1990’s

South Platte River Restoration: Knight-Imler State Wildlife Area

  • 1995

Trout Creek Restoration

  • Mid 1990’s

Boys’ and Girls’ Club Gates Camp: Fishing Pond & Pier Construction

Windy Peak Outdoor Education Laboratory: Instructional Fly Tying Theater Established

South Platte River Restoration: Below Spinney Mt. Reservoir 1997 South Platte River Restoration: Tomahawk (Middle Fork)

  • 2003

Windy Peak Outdoor Education Laboratory: Pond Restoration

  • 2008

Clear Creek Restoration, Golden Mile

  • 2010-11

Clear Creek Restoration, Canyon Reach

  • 2015

Yellowstone Volunteer Fly Fishing Program

  • 2016 -18

Native Greenback Trout Reintroduction, Herman Gulch

  • 2017 -18

Native Greenback Trout Reintroduction, Dry Creek

  • 2019

Clear Creek Mayhem Gulch area structures repaired

  • Semi-annually

Clear Creek stream cleanup event