Mark Twain Lake Seeks Volunteers for Placement of Fish Structure

Published March 15, 2013

Many Christmas trees have been collected during the ninth annual Christmas tree recycling program. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake is now seeking volunteers to place the trees at several established sites in Mark Twain Lake. John F. Spalding and South Fork Boat Ramps have been designated as the starting points.

Residents of the Mark Twain Lake community willing to contribute their time and equipment to assist the Corps in placing the trees can meet at either the John F. Spalding or South Fork boat ramp on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. The trees will be bundled together and sunk in Mark Twain Lake, developing an underwater habitat. These structures provide excellent places for fish to rest. Creating this structure also encourages the growth of algae and zooplankton for young fish to feed upon, which in turn enhances growth. Of course the biggest advantage is they make excellent places to catch fish, and all those volunteering will have first-hand knowledge of these “honey holes”.

Anyone wishing to volunteer or wanting more information should contact Brad Stamp at the Mark Twain Lake Project Office at (573) 735-4097.

Release no. 13-022