• 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 »

Swamp Sunflower

Swamp Sunflower

Swamp Sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius)

Steve Christman, http://www.floridata.com/ref/H/heli_ang.cfm

Swamp Sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius) is a perennial herb that grows up to 6 feet tall. Its disk flowers are purplish-brown and are surrounded by golden ray flowers with a diameter of 2-3 inches. From its common name, we can tell about what habitat the Swamp Sunflower likes best. It prefers wet soil (hense the "swamp") and full sun ("sunflower"). Its native habitat is in floodplains and in bottomlands. It blooms later in the year, and brings a cheerful splash of color in late summer and well into the fall while many other plants are dying back. Swamp Sunflower is also a food source for birds and native bees.

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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.