Recreation | Fishing

Chattahoochee River

Buford Dam to Peachtree Creek, Duluth, GA 30096 View Map

This 48-mile stretch of trout water begins at the base of Buford Dam, near Lake Lanier. The river is home to brown and rainbow trout; yellow perch; large-mouth, striped and shoal bass, chain pickerel, bream, catfish and crappie.

From Buford Dam to Georgia 400, 19 public access points offer bank access, wading and boating.


Restriction: The upper portion of the Chattahoochee is subject to rapid water rise, personal flotation devices are required from Buford Dam to Georgia 20.

TripAdvisor Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
4.5 stars on TripAdvisor Based on 384 traveler reviews

Good fishing

You can go tubing on the river. Fishing is also good. The river is not very deep but does flow at a pretty good pace. Read Full Review

Beautiful, meandering river

We visited Helen the first week in April and there were no water activities going on. However, a visit to the banks of the river made for a pleasant respite. Lots of viewing areas, picnic spots and... Read Full Review

Helen Georgia in the Summer!

This is such a great summer treat. The river gets pretty crowded, but it is really refreshing! And enjoying Helen and the food and retail stores is an added treat! Read Full Review

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Yelp Reviews

4.5 stars on Yelp Based on 3 traveler reviews

The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area provides some of the best parks and hiking available to Atlanta. While the Medlock Bridge unit is not very... Read Full Review

One of the smaller units of the Chattahoochee River NRA system, but definitely a fun one to hike and a really nice location on the river. I'm a frequent... Read Full Review

This is more of a Boat launch option on the Chattahoochee River. If you plan to have a nice family picnic this is not the place. Its got plenty of parking... Read Full Review

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