Jennings Randolph Lake accepting Christmas trees for recycling

Published Dec. 30, 2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Jennings Randolph Lake will be accepting natural Christmas trees to use as fish structures in the lake beginning Jan 5 at two drop-off locations.

Jennings Randolph Lake offers the opportunity to recycle it to a cause that will benefit shoreline fishing and overall fish habitat. The trees are beneficial to aquatic insects, which are essential food for most species.

Last year the program collected even more Christmas trees by offering two drop-off locations.  A trailer will be located at the entrance to the West Virginia Overlook gate at Jennings Randolph Lake approximately two miles past the park entrance off Route 46.  Tree drop-off is scheduled from Jan. 5-31, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.  A second drop-off area will be located at the Elk District Volunteer Fire Hall near their message board in front of the entrance.  Please leave trees on the grass near the message board and not on the roadway in front of the bays for the fire trucks.  This drop-off area will be available seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. 

Please remove all decorations including tinsel, ornaments, lights, garland, and any other items used to decorate your tree prior to drop-off.  Artificial trees will not be accepted because they are not of organic nature and could be hazardous to the fish and aquatic habitat. 

For more information, contact ranger Tom Craig at 304-355-2346 or by e-mail at Interested members of the community may also call the Corps’ park office at 304-355-2346, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or visit the lake’s Facebook page at or the web site at

Tom Craig

Release no. 14-039