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The National Trout Center, an investment in our future


Thu, Jan 2nd, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The New Year celebrates the fifth operating year of the National Trout Center (NTC) in Preston, Minn. Conceived in 2009 by the Preston Economic Development Authority as a regional economic development engine, the NTC showcases the extraordinary landscape and cold-water fishery assets of the driftless area, the unglaciated region of the Mississippi River valley. The NTC seeks to conserve our natural and cultural heritage of trout and their cold-water environments by engaging the public through education, practice and awareness. The center provides programs and exhibits about trout, cold-water stream ecology, the arts and crafts of trout fishing, and the biology and natural history of the driftless area. Presently, the center is located in a temporary home, but in 2014 the NTC is seeking bonding funds from the state legislature to build a permanent home in the Root River valley.

The new NTC building and grounds will be another tourism attraction, enhancing the current program by engaging additional fishers, recreational visitors, and people of all ages. The permanent home will feature a “living stream” exhibit introducing people to the science of flowing waters and experiments that demonstrate the special adaptations of cold-water aquatic organisms to their environments. Trout Center programs draw upon volunteers, technical experts, craftsmen and practitioners from across the region who provide high-quality instruction in the fishing arts and trout stream ecology. Visitors experience first-hand the benefits of a healthy and renewable cold-water stream habitat, and become aware of how enduring economic benefits ensue from wise stewardship of the environment. The trout center multiplies the return on investments already made in parks, trails, and other learning centers in the area, such as the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minn. and the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center in rural Lanesboro, Minn. Through the NTC website (www.nationaltroutcenter.org), the Trout Center endeavors to become the go-to place for “All Things Trout”.

The driftless area trout fishery generates economic activity of more than $1.1 billion annually in the region, exceeding the combined revenues of all five of the major league professional sports teams in Chicago. The trout fishery value is equivalent to approximately 10 percent of the total annual statewide tourism economy in Minnesota.

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Highlights of 2013 Trout Rendezvous

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The 2013 Trout Rendezvous, held at the Preston Trailhead Park, was a time for trout enthusiasts to gather and participate in a number of trout related activities. The event was sponsored by the Hiawatha Trout Unlimited Chapter and the National Trout ..... 
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2014 annual Trout Fishing Rendezvous

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The public is invited to join in on some fishing fun at the Preston Trailhead Park on Saturday, September 14. The National Trout Center and the Hiawatha Trout Unlimited Chapter are co-sponsoring the event which offers a variety of afternoon outdoor ..... 
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Spin Fishing for Trout with John Eggers - “The Spin Doctor”

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Join us at the National Trout Center on Saturday, August 17 for a free spin fishing workshop with fishing guide & maker of the “Bow Spinner”, John Eggers, also known as “The Spin Doctor”. Eggers has been featured on Dave Carlson’s Sunday m ..... 
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National Trout Center angles for State Bond Funding

Thu, Mar 28th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Minnesota legislators recently heard a proposal request for $4.5 million in state bond funding to establish a permanent home for the National Trout Center organization located in Preston. The non-profit center is currently operating in a temporary s ..... 
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Zumbro Valley Audubon Program: “Preston Chimney Swifts”

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

In 2011, Preston set the record for the largest number of swifts in the state of Minnesota. Please join Audubon members for an enjoyable evening of watching Chimney Swifts do their amazing dive into the large chimney attached to the TrailHead Inn & ..... 
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National Trout Center holds raffle for great prizes

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Here’s your chance to win a Headwaters Bamboo Rod (Model: Peerless Santiam 7’0” 5/6 wt Medium) valued at $800 and a box of seven dozen hand-tied flies by Lyle Besse valued at $200. To view these items please visit the National Trout Center’s ..... 
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FREE! Fly casting, fly tying and fishing instruction with the federation of fly fishers

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Join us on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at the National Trout Center in Preston, MN for a full day of free fly fishing activities. Learn from the best. The Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) is a highly respected national organization, well known for produ ..... 
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