• 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 »

Delayed Harvest

Enjoying a day of fishing on the Chattahoochee River.

Enjoying a day of fishing on the Chattahoochee River.

©Tom Wilson

Special Delayed Harvest Trout Stream regulations apply to the Chattahoochee River from Sope Creek downstream to U.S. 41, Cobb Parkway, from November 1 to May 14 annually. Anglers in this section must release all trout immediately upon landing. Anglers can use and possess only artificial lures with one single hook per lure. The use of additional "dropper" lures on one line is permitted as long as each lure contains one single hook. Trout fishing in this section can be excellent during the Delayed Harvest season when catches of 20-30 trout are reported. Approximately 50,000 trout are stocked from early November through late April.

General Trout Stream Regulations apply from May 15 to October 31 of each year.

Georgia fishing regulations apply to waters in Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Persons 16 years of age and older must possess a current Georgia fishing license and trout stamp to fish in the Chattahoochee River. For a complete listing of all Georgia fishing regulations visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website at http://www.georgiawildlife.org/fishing/regulations.

"In The News" with stetson.

Delayed Harvest Trout Stocking

A Fox 5 Atlanta news reporter shot video of the Buford Trout Hatchery staff stocking brown and raindow trout naear Cochran Shoals on the Chattahoochee River. Delayed Harvest Trout Streams, which have special regulations from November 1-May 14, are regularly stocked by Wildlife Resources Division and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. It's a good reminder that it's time to go fishing!

Did You Know?

Jones Bridge ruins - Photo by Matt Harr

Jones Bridge spanned the Chattahoochee River from 1904-1922, falling into disrepair in the 1930s. Half of the bridge was "stolen" in 1940, neighbors didn't know the workers cutting the bridge were not authorized to do so until it was too late.