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  Site last updated: 1/22/2024

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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!


Upcoming Chapter Events

February Meeting

ACTU's next gathering will begin at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, February 21, and will take place at the Adams County Conservation District Office, 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg. The event will begin with a presentation by professional taxidermist Jerry Neiderer, who will explain the steps you need to take to ensure the quality of your trophy. Our monthly business meeting will follow at approximately 7:30 pm, and will include the opening of the nomination window for two positions - the Chapter's Vice-President and one Board Member. Voting for these two positions will take place at the March meeting. February's meeting will also include the presentation of 2024's draft budget for review and subsequent approval. These events are free and open to the public.

Hedge Trimmer Day

                 ACTU is looking for volunteers to work at the Zeigler Mill Road 
                 Access from 9 am-12 pm on Saturday, February 10, 2024. Work will 
                 include trimming multi-flora rose bushes and other underbrush in the
                 woods. Interested volunteers should meet at the Rockwell Bowling
                 Lanes parking lot (2855 Biglerville Rd, Gettysburg) at 9 am. Gas and/or
                 battery powered hedge trimmers and small chain saws will be helpful.

Heidlersburg Fishing Show

The 8th annual Heidlersburg Fishing Show will take place on February 24 & 25, 2024, at the Heidlersburg Fire Department, 2720 Heidlersburg Road, Gettysburg. ACTU will have a display table and will also host a free fly-tying class (limited to 25 people) on Saturday at this year's show.

Show hours are 8 am - 3 pm on Saturday, February 24, and 9 am - 2 pm on Sunday, February 25. Admission is $5 for adults and children under 12 are free. Both days will feature informational seminars, vendors with new and used fishing tackle for sale, and refreshments!

First 2024 Trout Stocking Announced

The first 2024 stocking of the fly fishing-only section of the Conewago Creek is scheduled for Saturday, February 24. Any volunteers willing to help float stock should meet at the Zeigler Mill Road Access Site at 11 am, the trout are scheduled to arrive at 11:30 am.

Chapter News

The Chapter's December 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!

Conservation and Fly Fishing Camp Upcoming!

Applications are now being accepted for the 29th Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp, to be help from June 16-21, 2024, at Messiah College in Grantham, PA. The camp, which is hosted by the Cumberland Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, is open to girls and boys from ages 14-17. ACTU will pay for the enrollment fee for up to two Adams County attendees. For more details please click here!

2023 Adams County Giving Spree Results Announced!

Results of the annual Adams County Community Foundation's Giving Spree were announced on December 15th, and we're pleased to announce that ACTU received over $6,400 as a direct result of the November 9th event. The generosity of these donors will help support the Chapter's many programs and activities, both in the coming year and well into the future!

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! The site includes: a 10-car parking lot, direct 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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