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  • Trip: Sand Counties, Wisconsin
    Trip: Sand Counties, Wisconsin
    Fri, May 17
    Sand Counties
    May 17, 2024, 5:00 PM – May 19, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Sand Counties, Wautoma, WI 54982, USA
    Join our premier chapter work trip in Wautoma, Wisconsin! Engage in vital conservation efforts led by renowned DNR experts. Reward your hard work with exclusive fishing experiences and gourmet dining. This is a weekend that combines environmental stewardship with a few fishing opportunities.

For official event information, click 'Learn more' above

Trip Details:

Location: Wautoma, WI 

Accommodations:  Local motels, see below

Contact: Jeff Goad,

Event details are still being finalized and are subject to change. Official event details are managed above. 

This annual work trip truly connects you to a place that was instrumental to the modern-day concepts of famous conservationists like Aldo Leopold, Bob Hunt, and Elward Engle. This is the signature chapter work trip where you have the opportunity to work shoulder to shoulder with our brother chapter, Central Wisconsin Trout Unlimited (CWTU), in one of the many spring-fed streams that make this area so special. Coordinating our work day is one of the most talented DNR crews in the entire country, under the enthusiastic direction of Shawn Sullivan. You’ll use the latest real-world techniques to deepen, narrow, or reinforce key portions of these famous streams. We make donations to many chapters, but the reward and satisfaction you’ll receive in the actual stream work is priceless.


Our hosts appreciate our donations and work effort so much that they not only feed us lunch after the Saturday morning session, but they share some of their favorite fishing honey holes. You’ll be able to toss dry flies to well-educated trout on the same gin-clear waters as many members of “Le Shack” have done for decades. The chapter completes its salute to EDTU with another meal Saturday night that can only be described as fit for a “Gourmand”.



Lodging is typically at the cozy and historic family-owned Silvercryst Supper Club & Motel on the shores of Silver Lake, Wautoma, Wisconsin.

At approx 3:15 hours away, it is an hour closer than the Driftless Area in Wisconsin.


The cost for the trip is usually $80- $100 for a single room and $50-65 for a double.

The Streams:


This popular fishing locale is notable for the pioneers of environmental preservation it has inspired. John Muir, though born in Scotland, grew up in the Sand Counties. Aldo Leopold penned his 'A Sand County Almanac' in 1948 at the shack he retreated to here on weekends. The Almanac is required reading for all of us who care about how man and nature can live in harmony. In it, Leopold defines a land ethic, that "enlarges the boundaries of community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land."

The landscape is flat to gently rolling, with extremely sandy soil, created by the terminal thrust of Ice Age glaciers. Sand county streams run deep and gin clear. Some flow over a bed of gravel, strewn with boulders rolled south by the glaciers. Some meander over outwash sand and gravel, with silt margins, while others reveal stretches of sand alternating with pitches around boulders. A few, like the Little Wolf, rush downhill among rocks and over ledges.

Many of these streams hold significant numbers of trout. Water quality is so good that there is a natural reproduction of brooks, browns, and rainbows. Historically, Wisconsin DNR shocking surveys have discovered as many as 7,000 adult trout per mile. This was extraordinary; today 2,500 can be expected. There are many, many miles of quality trout water in the Sand Counties.

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