• 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 »

Support Your Park

Group portrait of President Jimmy Carter and people in attendance.

President Jimmy Carter and some of the original "Friends of the River" at the signing of the Act of Congress that created the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area on August 15, 1978.

National Archives

The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area owes its existence to the hard work and dedication of a small group of people. Thanks to their efforts during the 1970s, 48 miles of the Chattahoochee River was preserved for the use and enjoyment of all people, then, now, and in the future. Now is the time to see how you can join in the support of your park, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

Do Your Part

  • Volunteer for a few hours or a lifetime in the park.
  • Donate to your park through the National Park Foundation.
  • Join Our Friends at the Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy, Inc.
  • Purchase books and gifts at the parks Cooperating Associations Bookstore at the parks Visitor Contact Station in the historic Hewlett Lodge at Island Ford.
  • Participate in our Schedule of Events to learn about the park's natural and cultural resources.
  • Keep informed on park issues and provide comment during Park Planning processes.
  • Take pride in your park and help protect it for future generations by knowing and obeying the park Laws & Policies, including, but not limited to:
    • keeping dogs leashed
    • picking up after your pet
    • not bringing glass containers on the river
    • properly disposing of fishing line
    • not using metal detectors
    • not disturbing the plants and animals
    • packing out litter
    • and please recycle!

Did You Know?

Life Jackets Required

A U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) is required for each person onboard a watercraft. Any child under the age of 13 is required to wear a PFD while the watercraft is underway. A watercraft is defined as any boat, inner tube, air mattress, or any other floating device.