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  Site last updated: 11/22/2023

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Adams County Trout Unlimited (ACTU) Chapter 323 was started in 1977 by a group of individuals interested in restoring and enhancing a section of the Conewago Creek in Adams County, PA. Our chapter has grown since its inception, and now includes over 200 members. Our vision is to expand the scope of our efforts and the breadth of the community that we reach.

Over the years, members have enjoyed the benefits of a network of like-minded, knowledgeable anglers. We hone our fishing and fly-tying skills through seminars, talks, and demonstrations at our monthly gatherings. Plus, we have led scores of stream improvement projects and supported hundreds of trout stockings in county creeks. The Chapter's many conservation and habitat improvement projects, which are intended to conserve, protect, and restore the county's fisheries and watersheds, have resulted in recognition from both National and State Trout Unlimited organizations.

Today, the Chapter has taken a broader role in our community and is guided by three tenets: ConservationCommunity, and Fishing. Guided by these tenets, our Chapter works to bring together diverse interests to achieve our mission of bettering the conservation-related educational and recreational opportunities in Adams County.

As important as our angling endeavors, many of the conservation and community efforts we now lead, or support, are focused on several annual youth programs in the county. For example, since the Chapter's founding, thousands of students have participated in activities such as the Trout In the Classroom Program, the annual Latimore Creek Youth Fishing Derby, the Southcentral Outdoors For Youth Program, and the New Oxford Middle School Environmental Day.

Please note that ACTU is not strictly a fly fishing organization. We support and promote all types of trout fishing!


Chapter News

The Chapter's September Newsletter is now available both at the bottom of this page and in the Newsletters tab. Take some time to read about all of ACTU's current and planned activities!

2023 Adams County Giving Spree

     The annual Adams County Giving Spree, which benefits local non-profit
     organizations, took place on November 9. While ACTU won't learn of the
     amount of donations we received until December, we'd like to thank everyone
     who participated in the event. All money received will help ACTU continue our
     mission of promoting conservation, fishing, and community within the County!

'The Gettysburg Times' Article Recognizes ACTU

                  'The Gettysburg Times' recently published an article by Columnist BJ
                  Small detailing many of ACTU's numerous accomplishments since it's
                  inception in 1977. You can read the article here

ACTU Presents Yearly Chapter Awards

                                               ACTU recently presented their yearly Chapter
                                               Awards to Frank Kozak and Rick Franzese for their
                                              accomplishments in 2022. Kozak received the Adopt-
                                              A-Stream award for his efforts in safeguarding the
                                              aquatic environment of the Conewago Creek, as well
                                              as supporting Chapter goals of preserving and
                                              protecting that waterway. Franzese received the
                                              David A. Swope Merit and Recognition Award for his work in supporting and advancing Chapter goals. Congratulations to both!

ACTU Wins State Award

                         ACTU's Zeigler Mill Road Access Site project was
                        selected as the '2023 Best Chapter Project' in the
                        state by PA Trout Unlimited (PATU)! Vice-President
                        Gary Perry accepted the award at PATU's Annual
                        Meeting on September 16.

Upcoming/On-Going Events

Next Gathering/Meeting - We will not meet in December due to the holidays. Our next Chapter Gathering will begin at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at the Adams County Conservation District Office, 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg. ACTU members Frank Kozak and Lynn Rebert will give a presentation on aquatic life. Our monthly business meeting will follow. Both events are free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!

Recent Chapter Activities

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - State and Adams County elected officials, PA Fish 
                         and Boat Commission personnel, and numerous project
                         contributors joined ACTU members in a ribbon cutting ceremony
                         for the Zeigler Mill Road Access Site on October 6. The event
                         celebrated the culmination of two years of work to bring the
                         project to fruition. The site includes: a 10-car parking lot, access
                         to the fly fishing-only section of the Conewago Creek, and a
                         nature trail with three teaching stations - all open to the public!
                         ACTU also planted over 300 trees and shrubs on reclaimed farmland next to the parking lot. The Chapter has a 25-year lease with the Fish and Boat Commission to maintain the property and will continue making improvements at the site.


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