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 370 traveler reviews

Bad start turned into a fun adventure

We are visiting after Labor Day so the tubing excursions are only available on weekends now. We walked from our condo to Cool River Adventures only to be told that no lockers were available for our... Read Full Review

Very popular for water sports

There are lots of tubing companies in Helen and a favourite pastime is rafting or tubing down the river. Lots of swimming spots too. It is a lovely tree lined river with a lovely riverside walk in... Read Full Review

Fun Location for Tubing!

We recently stayed in Helen and have tubed there before but this time decided just to watch all the tubers go by while staying in a condo on the water. What a fun diverse group of people went by! We... 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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