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Our Christmas Tree Recycling Program uses donated evergreen trees to build fish habitat structures in public lakes across Kentucky, to enhance fish habitat and public fishing opportunities. Simply remove all decorations, load up your tree, and drop it off at a designated site near you. Drop-off sites are listed and shown on the interactive map below, and sites will be receiving trees December 26-January 15. Please note that sites may not have staff present at the time of your visit so there may not be anyone present to help you unload your tree. Thanks for helping us improve fish habitat across the Commonwealth and remember us when you are cleaning up after the holidays!
With the winter Holidays fast approaching, many people are opting for a natural tree this year. After the presents are unwrapped, and the lights are coming down, please consider donating your tree to KDFWR for fish habitat construction. KDFWR has drop-off points across the state where you can bring your old tree and put it to good use. KDFWR will take your tree and combine it with others to create fish attractors for lakes all over the state. Trees will be used to replenish existing fish habitat sites as well as create new habitat sites. These brush reefs provide nesting and rearing habitat for gamefish as well as creating homes for invertebrates and smaller fishes that provide food for larger fish. Just clean your tree of all the artificial decorations, lights, tinsel, ornaments, etc., and drop it off at one of our locations below during daylight hours only (between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm). Christmas tree drop-off sites will be open from Dec. 26 through January 15th. The locations are in parks for the most part, so it will be a good opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy a local park while you help fish populations across the state. To find out where your donated tree might end up this year or provide recommendations on new habitat sites, contact your local fisheries biologist. You can find contact information for your area on our
Fisheries Staff page.
Deciding where to fish on lakes can be a daunting task for first-time anglers. That is why KDFWR creates fish attractors and provides maps to help people find these hotspots of fish activity. The fish attractors are made in a variety of shapes and sizes and include material from trees, rocks, logs, wooden pallets, and even commercially made plastic structures. These structures are typically dense with tree limbs and shade-producing cover. Weedless presentations and lures are a good option when fishing these areas to reduce snagging. Lake habitat sites will vary in depth and may include areas on the backs of creeks, large flats, small pockets, and even main lake points. Many of these sites are located away from the bank in deeper water, so fish finders will help identify these offshore locations. Before picking a site to fish, consider the time of year, water temperature, and fish behavior to increase your success on the water.
Loading and hauling trees from the drop-off site
Staging trees at the ramp for building fish habitat
Deploying trees in the lake to improve fish habitat