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 »
New Free Pass for Active Duty Military and Dependents Available at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Contact: Island Ford Visitor Center, 678-538-1200
SANDY SPRINGS, GA: On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar introduced a new annual pass for active duty service members and their families granting free access to more than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests, and other public lands around the nation, including Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.
The pass covers the owner and passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle at any Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area parking area or boat ramp where the $3 daily use and $25 annual use fees are collected.
Military members and their dependents can pick up a pass at Island Ford Visitor Center at 1978 Island Ford Parkway, Sandy Springs, GA, 30350. For driving directions, please visit our web site, www.nps.gov/chat/planyourvisit/directions.htm. Military members must show a current, valid military identification card (Common Access Card or CAC) and dependents must show a Dependent ID Card (Form 1173) to obtain their pass.
"Military members and their families are especially welcome at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area," commented Superintendent Patty Wissinger. "The new free pass is a great recognition of their contributions and service. They particularly deserve the opportunity to experience the beauty and resources of this country."
About the National Park Service
Did You Know?
The Island Ford Visitor Contact Station was once the Summer family home of former Georgia Superior Court Judge Samuel Hewlett. Construction began in the 1930's, using timber from the Okeefenokee Swamp and stone from Stone Mountain, taking six years to complete.