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What is a "Salmon Carcass Toss" and what makes it so much fun?

Get more involved with your local chapter and find out! 

Learn about your local salmonid fishery and our watershed's ecology at our volunteer events.

The more you know, the sooner we will restore the Russian River's historic world class fishery.


As the local chapter of the Trout Unlimited (TU), the Redwood Empire Chapter of Trout Unlimited (RETU), based in Santa Rosa, California, is focused on 4 primary goals for our local salmon and steelhead fisheries. 

That is to:


our North Coast cold water fisheries including the Russian River, the Petaluma River, and the Napa River.  We are watershed advocates on behalf of the tributaries of these rivers that serve as spawning and rearing habitat for Steelhead and Coho Salmon. We speak for the Chinook Salmon that spawn in the mainstem of our rivers.  We also watchdog the watershed health of our local streams such as Salmon Creek, Sonoma Creek, San Antonio Creek, and the Esteros.



We are dedicated to restoring healthy riparian habitats in all these waters so that our Chinook, Coho and Steelhead fisheries are once again thriving and in good condition.  We envision a restored run of 50,000 WILD Steelhead in the Russian River making it the world class sport fishing resource it was as recently as 1968.  It is a goal supported by Redwood Empire cities, Sonoma County and the State of California

Join us, won't you?

Contact our acting Chapter President, Rick Joergensen



A watershed education program brought to you by

the Redwood Empire Chapter of  Trout Unlimited.

Read about the history of Steelhead in the Classroom in California here: 

Salmon in Schools History


Teachers In-service Seminar


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Registration  9:00 am     

Program 9:30 am to 3:00 pm


At the fabulous remodeled

Warm Springs Dam Visitors Center at Lake Sonoma

3333 Skaggs Springs Road, Geyserville


Speakers include:


* Talia Yates, DFW Permit Specialist

*Pat Higgins, Fisheries Biologist      *Diane Higgins, Educator

*Richard McGowan, Program Coordinator

*Brian Hines, Incubatorist




$50 donation (payable at time of Registration) includes

Continental Breakfast  -  Classroom Curriculum  -  Incubator Handbook - Resources CD

> please  R.S.V.P. at your earliest convenience  <

via email to Brian Hines,

or fax to (707) 575-3525 or phone message (707) 575-3999


 Bring a lunch and join us to watch Steelhead jumping

 the fish ladder behind the hatchery


Aquarium incubator information will be presented on our annual February workshop where an incubator can be built by new teachers to the program



Due to DF&G regulations, all NEW participants are required and all previous participants are invited to attend this in-service for permit updates and program protocols as well as goals and information exchange.



From the south:  101 north to the last Healdsburg exit, Dry Creek Road.  Turn left (west) and go 12 to 15 miles to the base of the dam.  The Visitors’ Center will be on your right.

From the north:  101 south to Canyon Road exit.  Turn right (west).  Go approximately 3 miles to Dry Creek Road.  Turn right, proceed to base of dam.  Visitors’ Center on right.


Note that Dry Creek Road becomes Skaggs Springs Road after crossing Dry Creek bridge at the base of the dam.