Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-off at Thurmond Lake

USACE, Savannah District
Published Dec. 13, 2021

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Forest, Fish, and Wildlife Section at the J. Strom Thurmond Lake Project will accept real Christmas trees for recycling as fish habitat, Dec. 20, 2021, through Jan. 16, 2022.

The drop-off locations are in Clarks Hill, S.C. at Below Dam Day Use Park, (coordinates 33.658390, -82.195938), or at the following boat ramps:


  • Amity Day Use Area
  • Chamberlain Ferry Ramp
  • Keg Creek Boat Ramp

South Carolina:

  • Dorn Boat Ramp
  • Parksville Day Use Area

Prohibited items include artificial trees, all decorations, i.e., tinsel, lights, garland, bulbs, ornaments, etc. Wireframe wreaths, yard debris and household trash are also prohibited.

Recycled trees will be staged at the selected ramps around the lake for the public to take and create fisheries habitat at a location of their choosing.

These sunken, holiday creations benefit the fish as well as the angler. Christmas trees, when placed with concrete blocks at depths of 15-20 feet outside of main navigable channels, create shelter and food for bait fish, which in return attracts sport fish, like crappie, bass, and sunfish species.

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


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Cheri Pritchard, Senior Public Affairs Specialist
912-677-6039 (cell)

Release no. 21-031