Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Activities & Programs

The Chattahoochee National Recreation Area contains 16 park units with a total of 50 miles of hiking trails, a Visitor Contact Station at the Island Ford Unit, numerous picnic areas, canoe, kayak and raft rentals. It is a great place for a picnic, a leisurely walk, or boating on a sunny afternoon. The 48 miles of of the river that the park contains can take up the whole day or just a few hours for a quick getaway from the fast pace of the city life.

In the Cochran Shoals area, bike riding is permitted (on designated trails) and a mountain bike area is provided for the more daring. Horseback riding enthusiasts can travel to Bowmans Island for a peaceful ride on the trails.

The Chattahoochee River is a stocked trout stream with 23 species of game fish. Year-round fishing is available with a Georgia fishing license and a trout stamp.

Fishing on the Chattahoochee

Fishing the Chattahoochee River year-round for its trout, bass, catfish, and other species can be a great experience. The river stays a cool temperature year-round, rarely getting warmer than 50 degress Farenheit. The river within the park is open for fishing from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset. Night fishing is not permitted in the park.

Anglers need to follow Georgia fishing regulations. A valid Georgia fishing license is required for anglers age 16 and older. Additionally, all resident anglers ages 16 to 64 and nonresident anglers age 16 or older must have a trout stamp. Visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website at www.gofishgeorgia.com for more fishing license and regulation information.

The Chattahoochee has restrictions on bait during certain sections of the river and in certain seasons.

Boat Rentals

Listed below are the commercial vendors licensed to do business on the river. Click the business name to go to their respective websites.

Business Name Operator Services Provided Phone
High Country Outfitters Chip Cutcliffe

Canoe, kayak, raft rental and instruction.

404-814-0999

Alliance for Better Education

William Odrey II

Canoe, kayak & raft rentals. Jon boat rentals w/ engines less than 10 hp. Tube rentals between Settles Bridge and Powers Island. Rowing shell and pedal boat rentals on Bull Sluice Lake waters. Canoe, kayak and fishing guided trips and rowing instructions. Van for transportation of up to 10 passengers. Limited food and beverage service.

770-650-1008

Spirit of Roswell Riverboat

William Odrey II

This 65' riverboat is available for daylight boat rides on Bull Sluice Lake.

770-650-1008

Up the River Outfitters Lance and Rebecca LeHew Canoe, Kayak, and Tube rental from Buford Dam to Medlock Bridge. 770-614-3322
Whitewater Learning Center Bruce Williams Canoe and Kayak Instruction, guide river trips, canoe and kayak rental. 404-231-0042
Go With The Flow David and Barrett Schubert Full Canoe and Kayak rental services and sales.

(770) 992-3200, (888) 345-FLOW (3569)

The Dam Store Canoe and Kayak Rental George Floyd, Kristine Rainey Canoe and Jon Boat rental south of Buford Dam and north of HWY 120. 678-714-9952

Boating on the Chattahoochee

The 48 miles of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is available for raft, canoe, kayak, motor boat and other small boat use year round. Jet skis are not permitted at any time. The river remains a cool temperature year-round, rarely getting warmer than 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The river within the park is open for boating from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset. Night boating is not permitted in the park.

The river offers excellent opportunities for leisurely paddling a raft, canoe or kayak to observe wildlife and wildflowers, do some fishing, or simple relaxing recreation.

On days when Buford Dam is not releasing water, the river below the dam is calm "flat water" with an occasional class I/II shoals or rapids. Currents can be strong around submerged rocks and jagged tree snags that are found in the river. Rubber-soled shoes are a must for tackling slippery rocks and the occasional broken glass bottle.

The river is accessible by boat North of Morgan Falls Dam at Bowmans Island, Abbotts Bridge, Medlock Bridge, Jones Bridge, Island Ford, and Chattahoochee River Park along Bull Sluice Lake.

South of Morgan Falls Dam the river is accessible by boat at Morgan Falls Park, Johnson Ferry, Powers Island and Paces Mill.

Even if you don't have your own boat to use, there is equipment available for rental. The Chattahoochee NRA does not rent boats directly, however there are several vendors licensed to rent canoes, kayaks, rafts, and tubes for day use on the river.

Boating Float Times

From

To

Distance
(approximate)

Float time in Hours

.

Canoe

Raft

Buford Dam

Abbotts Bridge

13 miles

6-8

9-10

Abbotts Bridge

Medlock Bridge

4 miles

1-2

3-4

Medlock Bridge

Jones Bridge

3 miles

1-1.5

1.5-2

Jones Bridge

Chattahoochee River Park *

12 miles

6-8

9-12

Morgan Falls Dam

Johnson Ferry

2 miles

.5-1

1-2

Johnson Ferry

Powers Island

3.5 miles

1-3

2-4

Powers Island

Paces Mill **

3 miles

1-2

1-3


* Chattahoochee River Park is the last take out point before Morgan Falls Dam.

** Paces Mill is the last take out point in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.