• 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 »

Water Quality

Shoals at Island Ford - Photo by Julie Burroughs

The health of the river is a serious issue and affects millions of people. Not only is the Chattahoochee River an important and renewable source of drinking water, the living organisms in the Gulf of Mexico depend on it. The course of the Chattahoochee River, begins in the northeast Georgia, and travels 542 miles downstream, to the Apalachicola Bay, Florida. Where the river meets the sea, an estuary exists. This estuary is a breeding ground and a nursery for fish and shellfish. Here the mixture of fresh water and salt water, and water temperature must be just right for spawning.

Currently, Apalachicola Bay is one of the most productive fisheries in the United-States supporting a multi-million dollar sea food business. Water quality problems are all man made. With education, legislation and stewardship, the river can return to its original grandeur. We depend on its water for our life and the river depends on us for its protection.

Did You Know?

Great Blue Heron hunting for food - Photo by Tom Wilson

Great Blue Herons stand up to four feet tall and have special feathers that dissolve into powder. They use a serrated middle claw to distribute the powder which they use for preening or cleaning themselves.