• 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 »

Downstream Flow Rate

Buford Dam
Call 770-945-1466, or toll free at 1-855-DAM-FLOW (1-855-326-3569), for the Buford Dam water release schedule. Use the chart below to determine the approximate time it will take for the water to arrive at your location. This chart covers the section of the recreation area from Bufford Dam to the Ga. 400 bridge. Make sure you are in a safe location when the river begins to rise.

 

The Chattahoochee River downstream of Buford Dam is subject to release of water and increase of flows within the River. The information provided is for informational and planning purposes only. Water Travel Time From Dam is listed as a range of times in hours and minutes that water could begin to rise at a location. Click on a link in the table to view the current river level for that location.


Location on River River Mile Dist. From Dam Water Travel Time From Dam (hh:mm)
Buford Dam 348.1 0.2 < 0:15
Ga. 20 Bridge 345.8 2.5 0:30 - 1:00
Settles Bridge 343.6 4.7 0:45 - 1:30
McGinnis Ferry 339.8 8.5 1:45 - 2:00
Rogers Bridge 336.9 11.4 2:30 - 3:15
Abbotts Bridge 335.3 13.0 3:15 - 4:30
Medlock Bridge 330.8 17.5 3:30 - 4:45
Jones Bridge 328.7 19.6 3:45 - 6:00
Garrard Landing 325.4 22.9 5:15 - 7:30
Island Ford 320.6 27.7 6:30 - 8:45
Ga. 400 Bridge 318.4 29.9 8:00 - 11:45
 

Morgan Falls Dam
Call 404-329-1455 for the Morgan Falls Dam water release schedule. Use the chart below to determine the approximate time it will take for the water to arrive at your location. This chart covers the section of the recreation area from Morgan Falls Dam to the U.S. 41 (Cobb Parkway/Northside Parkway) bridge. Make sure you are in a safe location when the river begins to rise.

 

Click on a link below to view the current river level for that location.

Location Time
Morgan Falls Dam immediately
Johnson Ferry North 45 minutes
Powers Island 3 hours

Paces Mill
NO Public Takeouts Past This Landing!

4 hours

Did You Know?

Island Ford Visitor Center - Photo by Matt Harr

Hewlett Lodge was once the Summer home of Georgia Superior Court Justice Samuel Hewlett. Construction began in the 1930s, using timber from the near the Okeefenokee Swamp and stone from Stone Mountain, taking six years to complete. Today it is home to the Island Ford Visitor Center.