• Three kayakers enjoying the river.

    Chattahoochee River

    National Recreation Area Georgia

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • 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 »

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) grows to approximately 11 inches in length with a wingspan of about 16 inches. They are common and widespread in woods, and travel in small groups or pairs. Their diet consists of insects as well as acorns, other seeds, and also bird eggs and nestlings. Their bright blue wings and tail, blue crest and black "necklace" make them unmistakable. They construct their nests in trees of twigs, bark, leaves, and human-made objects, lined with fine rootlets. Blue Jays are unique among American jays in that they migrate regularly in autumn, when flocks of hundreds move southward on the coast and through mountains in the East.Their call is a shrill, descending "jaaaaaaaay".

Did You Know?

Island Ford Visitor Center - Photo by Matt Harr

The Island Ford Visitor Contact Station was once the Summer family home of former Georgia Superior Court Judge Samuel Hewlett. Construction began in the 1930's, using timber from the Okeefenokee Swamp and stone from Stone Mountain, taking six years to complete.