Corps’ Thurmond Lake Office accepts Christmas trees for recycling

USACE, Savannah District
Published Dec. 14, 2020

SAVANNAH, Ga. –  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Forest, Fish, and Wildlife Section at the J. Strom Thurmond Project will accept real Christmas trees for recycling as fish habitat, December 21, 2020, through January 17, 2021.

The trees may be dropped off at Below Dam SC Park, located in Clarks Hill, SC or ramps listed below. Artificial trees will not be accepted. All decorations – tinsel, lights, garland, bulbs, etc. – must be removed from the trees before dropping them off. Dumping of wireframe wreaths, yard debris, and household trash at the sites is prohibited.

Recycled trees will be staged at select ramps around the lake to be used by the public to create fisheries habitat at a location of their choosing. Christmas trees when placed with concrete blocks at depths of 20 – 15 feet out of main navigable channels create shelter and food for bait fish which in return attracts crappie, bass, and sunfish species. These holiday creations in return benefit the fish as well as the angler. Pease do not let this opportunity to benefit your lake pass you by!      

Current locations available in South Carolina (SC) and Georgia (GA) for Christmas Tree Recycling drop – off and public use are as listed:


O Amity Day Use Area (GA) (Boat Ramp Area)

O Chamberlain Ferry Ramp (GA) (Boat Ramp Area)

O Keg Creek Boat Ramp (GA) (Boat Ramp Area)

O Leathersville Boat Ramp (GA) (Boat Ramp Area

O Morrahs Boat Ramp (GA) (Boat Ramp Area)

O Murry Creek Ramp (GA) (Boat Ramp Area)


O Calhoun Falls Ramp (SC) (Boat Ramp Area)

O Dorn Boat Ramp (SC) (Boat Ramp Area)

O LeRoys Ferry Boat Ramp (SC) (Boat Ramp Area)

O Parksville Day Use Area (SC) (Boat Ramp Area) 

The J. Strom Thurmond Project will no longer be accepting Christmas trees at Riverside Middle School, and would like to thank the school for their long standing support of the Christmas Tree Recycling Program. 

For more information, contact Conservation Biologist, Evan Brashier, 864-333-1159.


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Rashida Banks, Public Affairs Specialist
912-677-6039 (cell)

Release no. 20-030