• Three kayakers enjoying the river.

    Chattahoochee River

    National Recreation Area Georgia

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  • Rising River Waters Can Kill!

    Watch for rapidly rising river levels on the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries. Water released from dams and heavy rain can turn a day on the river into a tragedy! More »

  • Call for Water Release Schedule

    With colder temperatures you can expect longer and more frequent water releases. For water release schedule info, call 1-855-DAM-FLOW (1-855-326-3569) for Buford Dam and 404-329-1455 for Morgan Falls Dam. Save numbers to your cell! More »


Marbled Salamander

NPS Photo

Because these animals live on land but breed in and near water, you are likely to spot amphibians within or near the vicinity of the river in one of the units of the park.

To generate heat, these cold-blooded amphibians depend on the sun coming through the trees on the rocks and trails of the Chattahoochee River NRA. The waters of the river supply a comfortable breeding location as well as a place to cool down for the amphibian family.

Some of the amphibians that you are likely to encounter are frogs, toads, newts, salamanders, and caecilians.

The larvae typically are aquatic breathing though gills. In the adult stages the amphibians become semi-terrestrial, breathing through lungs and through their moist, glandular skin.

Click the links below to learn more about some of the amphibians found in the park.

Frogs and Toads

Salamanders and Newts

Did You Know?

Rock overhang at Island Ford - Photo by Matt Harr

Prehistoric people would shelter under the large rock overhangs found along the Chattahoochee River. Indian village sites once flourished along this rich corridor of fertile soils.