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 »
Major Fish Kill at Rottenwood Creek 2/12/04
Contact: Nancy Poe, Chief of Resource Education, 678-538-1241
Thousands of fish are dead in Rottonwood Creek, along with salamanders and other organisms. At 2pm on Wednesday, February 11, a park visitor reported that there were dead fish lying in the bottom of the creek. Rottonwood Creek is a major tributary that flows into the Chattahoochee River within the Palisades unit in Cobb County. National Park Service biologists are working with the state to determine the source of this devastation. Until the cause of the fish kill can be determined, we are advising the public to avoid contact with Rottonwood Creek.
If anyone has information leading to the cause of the fish kill, contact the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area at 678-538-1321.
Did You Know?
All Trout have a protective membrane or "slime coat" that covers their scales and is their first line of defense against infection and disease. Damage to this coating can severely hurt the fish. Wetting your hands or limiting contact with the fish increases the likelihood that the fish will survive.