The Lakeshore Chapter of Trout Unlimited is an all-volunteer organization that was founded in 1983 and serves the cold water fisheries of Kewanee, Calumet, Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties. With 180+ members, the LSTU organization has a rich history and is an active leader in the conservation community creating and caring for multi-use resource areas for future generations.
It is a very exciting time for Lakeshore TU! We have just begun the largest stream restoration project in Sheboygan County in the past decade. We have secured permits from the DNR and Army Corp of Engineers for significant work on several hundred feet of the Onion River south of County U. This is the first phase of a multi-phase, multi-year project that will transform this flat rather unproductive portion of public fishing grounds into a Class A trout water. The in-stream work began in September but our pre-work started many months before that. Over the past two months seven volunteers have worked a cumulative 80 man hours at Camp YKoda clearing Black Locust trees both for use as pilings for this project and to improve the ecology at the Camp. We've cut about 50 trees and harvested more than 120 8' pilings that we need for the bank covers. On September 11th, 25 volunteers from Lakeshore TU and TU Southeast Wisconsin worked with DNR leaders to begin building bank covers. We used the black locust posts and 2x8x8 pine boards for these structures. We got a good amount of work done, enjoyed some great fellowship and learned a lot from DNR restoration specialist, Shawn Sullivan.
Shawn and his crew are continuing the work until October 15th. They will utilize the 180 field stones, numerous boulders, half-logs, brush bundles and assorted bank reseeding components to restore this section of the river. The funding for this work comes from DNR Trout Stamp funds, a surface water grant and donations from individuals and sponsors. If you would like to help, we're actively seeking volunteers from the local area, our own Lakeshore TU and other TU chapters. If manual labor is not your thing, we are willingly taking financial donations from individuals and corporate sponsors. Thank you to all who have worked and contributed thus far!! If you are interested in supporting our work through a contribution or lending a helping hand on this project, please contact Myk Hranicka @920 627 5779.
Our next workday is Saturday October 9th at 8:00 am at the Cnty Hwy U parking area. We'll shift our efforts to Ben Nutt Creek which feeds the Onion. This project started earlier this year and is already showing strong results in trout activity in the improved area. We have a Friends of TU grant that expires at the end of this year. We have lots of work to do on this important spring fed feeder creek which flows into the Onion.
New this year and absolutely huge, Aventuron is sponsoring a massive outdoors package valued around 500 dollars for our workdays. Here’s how it will work. We log all of our volunteer hours. For every hour you work throughout the year you’ll get a raffle ticket. At the end of the full year, we will draw a ticket at a meeting and announce a winner. This will start next Saturday, so come out, get involved and increase your chances of winning! We hope to see you there! A special thanks to #aventuron for donating to our chapter!
Regular monthly meetings will began on September 21, at 7:00 pm. Our next meeting will be at the Whitetail Bowhunters clubhouse in Johnsonville at N7039 County Road M. We're very excited to get back to a regular meeting schedule of the 3rd Tuesday of every month. The next meeting is October 19th.
October 9: Chapter Workday - Drury Farm, Winooski Rd. 8:00 am
October 19th: Member Meeting - Whitetail Bowhunters Clubhouse 7:00 pm
If you have any questions or are interested in joining us please contact Myk Hranicka by calling 920 627 5779.
The chapter meets every third Tuesday of the month. We encourage anyone in the area who might have interest in joining to stop by and check us out!
The chapter meets every second Saturday of the month, weather permitting, for stream brushing, river improvements or any other special projects.