• 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 »

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

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Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Ken Thomas

The Red-Bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) is a woodpecker with a tan head and belly, a red patch on the nape of its neck, and black and white barred wings, back and tail. Adults grow to 9.25 inches long with a wingspan of up to 16 inches.z It can be found in woodlands, parks and suburbs. It feeds on the trunks and limbs of trees, eating wood-boring and other insects, also fruit, berries and seeds. It excavates its nests in living trees, or ones that have recently died. It stores its food by wedging it deep in crevices in trees. Its call is a harsh "churr".

Did You Know?

Life Jackets Required

A U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) is required for each person onboard a watercraft. Any child under the age of 13 is required to wear a PFD while the watercraft is underway. A watercraft is defined as any boat, inner tube, air mattress, or any other floating device.