Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-off at Thurmond Lake

USACE, Savannah District
Published Dec. 14, 2022

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, December 19, 2022, through January 15, 2023.

Trees may be dropped off at the primary location of Below Dam Day Use Park (coordinates 33.658390, -82.195938), located in Clarks Hill, S.C., or at the following boat ramps:


  • Amity Day Use Area (GA) (Boat Ramp Area)
  • Keg Creek Boat Ramp (GA) (Boat Ramp Area)


  • Dorn Boat Ramp (SC) (Boat Ramp Area)
  • Parksville Day Use Area (SC) (Boat Ramp Area)    

Artificial trees will not be accepted. All decorations – tinsel, lights, garland, bulbs, etc. – must be removed from the trees before dropping off. Dumping of wireframe wreaths, yard debris, and household trash at sites is also prohibited.

Public anglers are welcomed to pick up recycled trees for their use to create fisheries habitat at a location of their choosing! Christmas Trees when anchored with concrete blocks at depths of 15 – 20 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. Please recycle your tree to give it a second chance to benefit the fisheries at your lake!     

For more information, contact Conservation Biologist, Evan Brashier, (864)-333-1159 or


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

Release no. 22-032