Get Hooked on Trout!
World class trout streams in Minnesota? YES! And we can help you fish them and keep them for generations to come. Whether you’re fishing with a worm, lure or fly, the National Trout Center is the place to come for local stream and fishing conditions, current maps and more. The Center includes exhibits on trout and stream ecology, aquatic insects and live trout.
Fishing Licenses and Trout Stamps
Our online accesss to the DNR licensig site makes gettig your license easy. We print your license on the spot and you’re ready to go fishing. Must have a credit/debit card.
Classes and family-friendly activities
From fishing classes to mushroom hunting to fishy crafts, we make learning about trout and the Driftless region FUN for all ages. Fly Tying Fridays: Every Friday from 10am -3:30pm. We’ll teach you or you show us your best fly. It’s fun for the whole family. Materials provided. FREE!
The Voice of the Driftless
The National Trout Center is in the heart of the Driftless region. Never touched by glaciers, this area features beautifully sculpted topography, geological wonders and the perfect cold-water environment for trout. Come and learn about this unique area and all the treasures it holds!
Group tours and field trips
We can customize an experience for up to 60 visitors. Tour buses, civic or school groups are welcome from April through October. Call 507.765.2452 to book your tour today.
All Things Trout
NEW! Artwork, unique gifts, t-shirts and more.
Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 10am-4pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm, April-Labor Day
Mission: The National Trout Center is a nonprofit organization that seeks to conserve our natural and cultural heritage of trout and their cold-water environments by engaging the public through education, practice and awareness.
Supported by the City of Preston and donations.