Christmas Tree Recycling

​The Christmas Tree Recycling Drive is over for this year.  Thanks to Everyone that supported our effort to improve fish habitat in Kentucky!​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Watch Video - Recycle your natural Christmas Tree for Fish Habitat

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 of the artificial decorations, lights, tinsel, ornaments, etc. and drop it off at one of our locations below, during daylight hours only (between 8:00am and 5:00pm).  Christmas tree drop-off sites will be open from Christmas Day 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 in nature 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 in 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 in identifying 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.


Western District Fisheries OfficeCalloway30 Scenic Acres Drive, Murray, KY 42071Adam Martin270-753-3886
Northwest District Fisheries OfficeMcLean1398 Hwy 81N, Calhoun, KY 42327Jeremy Shiflet270-273-3117
North Fork Boat Ramp Parking LotBreckinridgeKY 259 S of HardinsburgAdam Taylor270-257-2061
Nolin Lake State ParkEdmonson2998 Brier Creek Rd, Mammoth Cave, KY 42259 Carlet Hagan270-286-4240
Southwest District Fisheries OfficeWarrenApproximately one mile down Bennett Lane, just past Schneider Lane intersection, Bowling GreenEric Cummins270-746-7127
Crazy Horse Archery and TackleTaylor2422 New Columbia road, Campbellsville, KY 42718Shaun Canaday270-789-3776
Barren River Lake - Port ​Oliver Boat RampBarrenFrom Hwy 252 in eastern Allen County, follow signs to Port Oliver Boat RampEric Cummins270-746-7127
Cabela's OutpostWarren3395 Nell O'Bryan Court, Bowling Green, KY 42103Jacob Carroll270-936-8324
KDFWR HeadquartersFranklin#1 Sportsman's Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601Jeff Crosby502-892-4464
Forks of Elkhorn HatcheryFranklin3785 Georgetown Road, Frankfort, KY 40601Jeff Crosby502-892-4464
Guist Creek Lake MarinaShelby11990 Boat Dock Road, Shelbyville, KY 40065Jeff Crosby502-892-4464
McNeely Lake Boat RampJeffersonFrom I265 Exit 15S on Beulah Church Road, right on Old Bates Road, left on Cooper Chapel RoadJeff Crosby502-892-4464
Jacobson ParkFayetteEast Lexington off of Hwy 25, Paddle Craft Parking LotJoseph Zimmerman502-892-4473
Ace HardwareAnderson1106 Bypass South, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342Chris Dillon502-839-8880
Lusby Lake/Scott County ParkScottOff of Hwy 25 north of Georgetown, Scott County Park Road, east of Road Department GarageJoseph Zimmerman502-892-4473
Pendery Sports ParkCampbell4051 Mary Ingles Highway, Melbourne, KY 41059Allyn Reinecke859-547-1873
Camp Ernst Lake-Boat Ramp AreaBooneCamp Ernst Park, 7615 Camp Ernst Rd, Burlington, KY 41005Joseph Zimmerman502-892-4473
US Forest Service OfficeLaurel761 S. Laurel Road, London, KY (next to dumpster)N/A606-864-4163
London Region Recycling CenterLaurel911 TLC Lane, London, KY 40741Jim Price606-864-5521
KDFWR Somerset Regional OfficePulaski135 Realty Lane, Somerset, KY 42501Marcy Anderson606-677-4096
Corbin City GarageWhitley/LaurelBetween Engineer Street and Wallins Towing on 25WGary Kelly606-523-6530
Minor Clark Fish HatcheryRowan120 Fish Hatchery Rd, Morehead, KY 40351Tom Timmerman606-783-8650
Grayson Lake USACE Emergency Spillway AreaCarterWest side of Launch Ramp Road near the USACE officeTom Timmerman606-783-8650
Lake Reba Recreational ComplexMadisonSoccer complex B parking lot across from Lake Reba boat ramp parking lotTom Timmerman606-783-8650
Eastern District Fisheries OfficeFloyd2744 Lake Rd, Prestonsburg, KY 41653Jason Russell606-889-1705
Yatesville Lake Fishing JettyLawrenceOff Hwy 1185 near the Marina, back of the Fishing Jetty Parking LotJason Russell606-889-1705
Martin's Fork Lake Boat RampHarlanOff Hwy 987 at Smith, KY, upper parking lotJason Russell606-889-1705
Fishtrap LakePikePompey Br, In back corner of parking near RV campgroundJason Russell606-889-1705
Perry County Conservation DistrictPerry310 Morton Blvd., Hazard, KYPatti Fugate606-435-1725
Carr Creek Lake Marina Parking LotKnott217 Big Smith Br., Sassafras, KY 41759, upper parking lotJason Russell606-889-1705​


Here is what Kentucky Fish and Wildlife does ​​with your donated trees.


Loading and hauling trees from the drop-off site


 Staging trees for deployment in the lake


Deploying trees in the lake to improve fish habitat


 A couple of short videos of fish using KDFWR constructed habitat




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