Donate your tree to help increase the fish population of Lake Norman


CORNELIUS, NC – Your Christmas tree doesn’t have to go in the trash, it can go in the lake instead.

The Lake Norman Shrine Club and the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists have once again teamed up to raise funds to help sick children, while also benefiting the Lake Norman fish population by using old trees.

They will come and get your tree, and they will ask you for a donation of $ 20 or whatever you can give, which in turn goes to Shriners Hospital for Children.

The trees will be lowered into Lake Norman near Strutts Marina after being picked up, and the fish will be delighted. Last year, more than 150 trees were transformed into fish habitat.

Here’s how to participate:

  • Schedule a Pickup – Send your name, address and desired pickup date via SMS to 919-548-2213 or email lknshrineclub @ gmail.
  • Remove all lights, ornaments, and brackets. Place your tree outside on the scheduled pickup date.
  • A member of the Lake Norman Shrine Club will come to your door to collect your donation when they pick up the tree.
  • The club is asking for a donation of $ 20, but said any gift is appreciated. All proceeds from the money raised will be donated to The Shriners Hospital.

According to, once sunk, recycled Christmas trees become havens for a variety of freshwater wildlife, including small insects, snails and mussels. These tiny organisms attract fish that feed on them, such as minnows and crayfish, which in turn attract species such as bass, blue gills, and crappie.


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