• Mist rising of the river at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

    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 »

Rice Eel

Rice Eel

The Asian Rice Eel, Monopterus albus, also known as the Asian Swamp Eel, was introduced by unknown sources to ponds at the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) in the mid-1990's. The eels at the CNC are one of only five populations found in the United States, the others being in Hawaii and in Florida. It is possible that they were introduced when someone dumped a fish tank. Another possibility is someone intentionally introduced them in an attempt to establish a food source.

As with any invasive species, the eels present a threat to native species by disrupting their interactions with their natural habitat. Beyond not being a part of the natural ecosystem, the Rice Eel has several traits that make it a bigger threat. They breathe air, and are capable of withstanding harsh environmental conditions. During periods of drought, they burrow into the ground. They are able to colonize unconnected bodies of water via overland migration. Because they are active at night, they are difficult to detect and capture. They are also tolerant of cool water, such as that of the Chattahoochee River.

Did You Know?

Jones Bridge ruins - Photo by Matt Harr

Jones Bridge spanned the Chattahoochee River from 1904-1922, falling into disrepair in the 1930's. Half of the bridge was "stolen" in 1940, neighbors didn't know the workers cutting the bridge were not authorized to do so until it was too late.