About Us

About Colorado River Headwaters TU

The Colorado River Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited is located in Grand County Colorado. Grand County is the source of the Colorado River. Our members are from all over Grand County, with the greatest concentration in East Grand County. Please check our Events calendar for upcoming events and activities.

Contact Information

The Colorado River Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited is based in beautiful Grand County Colorado at the source of the Colorado River.

Our Goal

We want to have fun fishing and work to ensure that our cold water fisheries survive and prosper for future generations.

Other TU Contacts

Trout Unlimited is our parent organization and a national non-profit headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. TU is dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds and is listed in the Charity Navigator as a Four-Star Charity. You can find the TU national web site by following this link.  Our Chapter falls within the Colorado Council of TU. The Colorado Council's web site is available at this link.

Save The Fraser River

Ike fishing the Fraser

Sculpture of Ike Fishing the Fraser located near the Lions Ponds in the recently-designated Eisenhower Reach of the Fraser behind Winter Park Optical in Fraser.

Just a few years ago, the Fraser River was named as the third most endangered river in the US. Since then, the Fraser has come under increasing pressure. To find out why, and what you can do about it, keep reading.

The local town of Fraser was known as the Western Whitehouse during the Eisenhower administration because Ike spent so much of his free time here fishing the Fraser and other local rivers. Today, the Fraser River still offers excellent fishing despite the diversion of the majority of its water. The Colorado River Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited is one of the leaders in the effort to protect the Fraser, the headwaters of the Colorado and the associated cold-water fisheries in a difficult situation. Our members are dedicated to protecting this amazing fishery and environment to the best of our ability. We understand that previous generations of western Colorado residents sold the rights to a substantial portion of the water that originates here to communities on the Front Range of Colorado, and that has consequences for our rivers today. We realize that much of the water which historically flowed through the Colorado to the Gulf of California and the Pacific will continue to be diverted across the Continental Divide to Front Range cities and will ultimately find its way to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. While we would like to see as little water diversion as possible, our efforts are focused on minimizing the effects of that inevitable water diversion on the natural environment.

By careful stewardship of our environment and through tireless education, we will do our best to maintain a healthy riparian environment here in Grand County.This website exists, in large part, to facilitate education about the science and the practical aspects of the challenges faced by our rivers and environment. You'll find links to a great deal of information and some suggestions as to concrete steps all of us can take to ensure the long-term health of our rivers and environment.   

The Colorado River Headwaters Chapter is working hard to change the Fraser from a river in decline to a healthy aquatic ecosystem and a sustainable fishery.