Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
2070 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
A day on the river sounds ideal, drifting along in a tube or canoe, wading in for some fishing or just doing a little swimming. On many rivers in Georgia, this may mean spending time on calm, slow-moving water. But in areas like the Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam or on rivers designated to have “hazardous waters,” the atmosphere may change rapidly – from low and calm, to high and swift-moving. How do you stay safe?
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO – THE CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER
The Georgia DNR encourages everyone to be cautious around any water body. However, the Chattahoochee River in the Atlanta area has some unique qualities that make it potentially more hazardous than others. This includes the area below Buford Dam to the Highway 20 bridge and the area from the Morgan Falls dam boating safety zone markers to the DNR Boat ramp in Fulton County.
Water Release from Buford Dam
Life Jacket Requirements and Use - Click here for up-to-date regulations 
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources wants you to have fun on the water, but make sure you are prepared for water conditions with plenty of preparation and encourages caution and awareness at all times.
For more information about boating safety, visit www.goboatgeorgia.com  . For more information about the Chattahoochee River near Atlanta, visit the National Park Service website at www.nps.gov/chat/planyourvisit/things2know.htm  .