• Three kayakers enjoying the river.

    Chattahoochee River

    National Recreation Area Georgia

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    Representatives of Colonial Pipeline Company will be working on the gas pipeline in the Johnson Ferry North unit. The work will require intermittent trail closures. For your safety please stay on designated trails and obey all trail closures.

Canada Goose

When threatened, the Canada Goose can become territorial.

The Canada Goose, Branta canadensis, is a very common sight along the Chattahoochee River corridor. These normally migratory birds have become a nuisance species because they are present year round and they strain the ecosystem. There are no natural predators for the Canada Goose, allowing populations to grow unchecked.

A negative result of their booming populations is a large amount of waste that ends up in the river and elevates bacteria levels.In fact, a full-grown goose can leave up to two pounds of waste per day. This would not be a problem if the geese were only here while migrating, but because they are present year round, their waste can lead to higher levels of fecal coliform in the river.

Did You Know?

Mist forming on the Chattahoochee - Photo by Tom Wilson

Typically, rivers meander and change course over time. However, the Chattahoochee River is one of the oldest and most stable river channels within the United States, since it's essentially "locked" in place, flowing along the Brevard Fault Zone.