• Mist rising of the river at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

    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 »

River Level at McGinnis Ferry

River Level
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) operates and maintains the gaging station located on the Chattahoochee River at McGinnis Ferry in cooperation with Forsyth County, Georgia. The USGS Atlanta Field Office is responsible for the management of this station. For additional information about precipitation and water temperature at this location visit the USGS website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ga/nwis/uv?site_no=02334653.

Flood Levels
As the river level increases at a gaging station the risk for potent loss of life and property increases. Below are definitions for the different flood stages and the damage that can be expected.

  • Major Flood Stage - Expect extensive inundation of structures and roads. Significant evacuations of people and/or transfer of property to higher elevations becomes necessary.
  • Moderate Flood Stage - Expect some inundation of structures and roads near stream. Some evacuations of people and/or transfer of property to higher elevations becomes necessary.
  • Flood Stage - Expect minimal or no property damage, but possibly some public threat.
  • Action Stage - Flooding becomes a concern. River/stream is approaching or is forecast to approach the gage height - flood stage - where flooding is defined to begin. Flood stage is an established gage height for a given location at which a rise in water surface level begins to create a hazard to lives, property, or commerce.

Flood Categories for McGinnis Ferry

Major Flood Stage: 39 ft.
Moderate Flood Stage: 33 ft.
Flood Stage: 25 ft.
Action Stage: 23 ft.


Historical Crests

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Low Water Records
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USGS Water-data graph for site 02334653

Daily fluctuations in the chart are due to water releases from Buford Dam.

USGS WaterAlert
The U.S. Geological Survey WaterAlert service sends e-mail or text (SMS) messages when certain parameters, as measured by a USGS real-time data-collection station, exceed user-definable thresholds. The development and maintenance of the WaterAlert system is supported by the USGS and its partners, including numerous federal, state, and local agencies. Subscribe to WaterAlert for this location.

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.