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Published Nov. 27, 2020

MOBILE, Ala. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District at Allatoona Lake, will be accepting organic Christmas trees for recycling from Dec. 26, 2020, to Jan. 3, 2020, at seven drop-off sites around the lake. Artificial trees will not be accepted.

“Our park rangers and volunteers will place the organic trees in the lake to create fishing structures,” said Christopher Purvis, lead ranger at Allatoona Lake. “This is in support of the Allatoona Lake Fish Habitat Improvement Program, which is a partnership between federal, state and local governments as well as several organizations and businesses.”

The seven drop-off locations include: Allatoona Lake Project Management Office, Victoria Day-Use Parking Area, Galt’s Day-Use Parking Area, Sweetwater Campground Overflow Parking Area, Payne Boat Ramp, Blockhouse 1 Fishing Jetty (behind the convenience store), and Bethany Bridge Fishing Jetty Parking Area. All drop-off sites will be marked with signs and flagging tape.

All decorations – tinsel, lights, garland, bulbs, artificial snow, etc. – must be removed from the trees before dropping them off. Please place the trees at designated locations in the parking lots. Dumping of household trash at these sites is strictly prohibited.

Visit the Bartow County, Georgia website at or call 770-387-5167 for information on additional drop-off locations managed by Keep Bartow Beautiful.

Contact the Allatoona Lake Project Management Office at 678-721-6700 for more information about recycling organic trees.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Allatoona Lake Project is situated on the Etowah River just 30 miles from Atlanta. The serene and peaceful surroundings of Allatoona Lake offer a break from the rush of city living. In fact, Allatoona Lake is one of the most frequently visited Corps of Engineers lakes in the nation with nearly 7 million visitors each year. It has 270 miles of shoreline and offers 589 campsites and 188 picnic sites. Learn more about Allatoona Lake @ Also, go to and click recreation to find the nearest Mobile District-managed USACE lake project or to locate any USACE lake project in the U.S.

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