• Three kayakers enjoying the river.

    Chattahoochee River

    National Recreation Area Georgia

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  • Johnson Ferry Intermittent Trail Closures

    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.

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?

Rock overhang at Island Ford - Photo by Matt Harr

Prehistoric people would shelter under the large rock overhangs found along the Chattahoochee River. Indian village sites once flourished along this rich corridor of fertile soils.