Corps of Engineers Hartwell Lake Office accepts Christmas trees for recycling

USACE, Savannah District
Published Dec. 21, 2020

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hartwell Lake Office will accept natural Christmas trees (no artificial trees) for recycling Dec. 26, 2020 through Jan. 26, 2021.  

The recycled trees will be used as fish attractors in Hartwell Lake.  Trees will be tied in bundles, weighted with concrete anchors, and then submerged in various locations marked with fish attractor buoys.  All ornaments and tinsel must be removed before dropping the trees off. 

Christmas trees can be dropped off at designated donation sites located at Big Oaks and Poplar Springs boat ramps in Georgia and Twin Lakes and Friendship boat ramps in South Carolina.  Mount Lebanon Elementary School located in Pendleton, South Carolina will also serve as a drop-off location from Dec. 26, 2020 through Jan. 17, 2021. 

Donated trees can be picked up by fishermen any time for personal use.  Trees should be anchored in 8-12 feet of water.  Do not place Christmas trees in the main lake channel or around private docks.  

“Small trees and brush provide cover for fish, particularly as nursery areas for juvenile fish,” said Corps Natural Resources Specialist Jess Fleming.  “In addition, they provide habitat for aquatic insects which serve as an essential food source during the early developmental stages of most fish species.” 

For more information, contact the Hartwell Lake Operations Project Manager’s Office toll free 1-888-893-0678, or visit their website at For a list of fish attractor locations and GPS coordinates, visit them online at

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

Release no. 20-031