Photograph showing two men on a barge filled with Chirstmas trees

Christmas Tree Recycling


The Christmas Tree Recycling Program has ended for 2024

The Christmas tree recycling program has ended for this year and we have had a great response to our requests for natural trees for fish habitat. If you are still looking for a place to discard your old natural tree, there are many mulching programs hosted by city and county waste disposal teams. We will be collecting the donated trees and using them to refurbish old habitat sites and create new ones. Thank you for your interest in our recycling program and keep us in mind for next Christmas!


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.​​​​

What We Do With the Donated Trees

loading and hauling trees from the drop-off site

Loading and hauling trees from the drop-off site

Construction equipment on the ramp next to a large lake

​Staging trees at the ramp for building fish habitat

A boat is offloading trees of a barge into a river

Deploying trees in the lake to improve fish habitat

Location County Address/Directions Contact Phone
Western District Fisheries Office Calloway 30 Scenic Acres Drive, Murray, KY 42071 Adam Martin 270-753-3886
Northwest District Fisheries Office McLean 1398 Hwy 81N, Calhoun, KY 42327 Jeremy Shiflet 270-273-3117
North Fork Boat Ramp Parking Lot Breckinridge KY 259 S of Hardinsburg Adam Taylor 270-257-2061
Nolin River Lake - Moutardier Boat Ramp
KY 259 S of  Leitchfield (11.7 mi) to 2067/Moutardier Rd to ramp Darren Smith
Southwest District Fisheries Offic​e Warren Approximately one mile down Bennett Lane, just past Schneider Lane intersection, Bowling Green Eric Cummins 270-746-7127
Crazy Horse Archery and Tackle Taylor 2422 New Columbia road, Campbellsville, KY 42718 Shaun Canaday 270-789-3776
Barren River Lake - Port Oliver Boat Ramp Barren From Hwy 252 in eastern Allen County, follow signs to Port Oliver Boat Ramp Eric Cummins 270-746-7127
Cabela's Outpost Warren 3395 Nell O'Bryan Court, Bowling Green, KY 42103 Jacob Carroll
KDFWR Headquarters Franklin #1 Sportsman's Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601 Jeff Crosby 502-892-4464
Forks of Elkhorn Hatchery Franklin 3785 Georgetown Road, Frankfort, KY 40601 Jeff Crosby 502-892-4464
Guist Creek Lake Marina Shelby 11990 Boat Dock Road, Shelbyville, KY 40065 Jeff Crosby 502-892-4464
McNeely Lake Boat Ramp Jefferson From I-265 Exit 15S on Beulah Church Road, right on Old Bates Road, left on Cooper Chapel Road Jeff Crosby 502-892-4464
Jacobson Park Fayette East Lexington off of Hwy 25, Paddle Craft Parking Lot Jeff Crosby
Ace Hardware Anderson 1106 Bypass South, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342 Chris Dillon 502-839-8880
Lusby Lake/Scott County Park Scott Off of Hwy 25 north of Georgetown, Scott County Park Road, east of Road Department Garage Jeff Crosby
Pendery Park​
Campbell 4113 Williams Lane, Melbourne, KY 41059​
Megan Clere
Camp Ernst Lake-Boat Ramp Area Boone Camp Ernst Park, 7615 Camp Ernst Rd, Burlington, KY 41005
Jeff Crosby
London Region Recycling Center Laurel 911 TLC Lane, London, KY 40741 Jim Price 606-864-5521
KDFWR Somerset Regional Office Pulaski 135 Realty Lane, Somerset, KY 42501 Marcy Anderson 606-677-4096
Corbin City Garage Whitley/Laurel Between Engineer Street and Wallins Towing on 25W Gary Kelly 606-523-6530
Minor Clark Fish Hatchery Rowan 120 Fish Hatchery Rd, Morehead, KY 40351 Tom Timmerman 606-783-8650
Grayson Lake USACE Emergency Spillway Area Carter West side of Launch Ramp Road near the USACE office Tom Timmerman 606-783-8650
Lake Reba Recreational Complex Madison Soccer complex B parking lot across from Lake Reba boat ramp parking lot Tom Timmerman 606-783-8650
Eastern District Fisheries Office Floyd 2744 Lake Rd, Prestonsburg, KY 41653 Jason Russell 606-889-1705
Lawrence County Community Center Lawrence 205 Bulldog Lane, Louisa, KY, at the Parking lot near the dumpster. Please do not block dumpster access! Jason Russell 606-889-1705
Martin's Fork Lake Boat Ramp Harlan Off Hwy 987 at Smith, KY, upper parking lot Jason Russell 606-889-1705
Fishtrap Lake Pike Pompey Br, In the back corner of the parking near the RV campground Jason Russell 606-889-1705
Perry County Conservation District Perry 310 Morton Blvd., Hazard, KY Patti Fugate 606-435-1725
Carr Creek Lake Marina Parking Lot

Knott 217 Big Smith Br., Sassafras, KY 41759, upper parking lot
Jason Russell 606-889-1705

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