Chattahoochee Float Times and Fishing Tips

Chattahoochee River Information

Approximate time in hours for water release crest to reach various locations downstream from Buford Dam. To access information on the generation schedule call 770-945-1466.
The government site (http://ga2.er.usgs.gov/bacteria/) that shows accurate and timely river conditions: the turbidity should be under 10 to be considered fishable.
“BE SURE TO CALL THE DAM BEFORE YOU FISH!”
770-945-1466
Location
Miles Downstream
Approximate Hours to Crest
Approximate Hours for Water to Completely Recede
Highway 20 Bridge
2.5 Miles
45 Minutes
1-1/2 Hours
Settles Bridge
5 Miles
1.5 Hours
3 Hours
McGinnis Ferry Bridge
8.5 Miles
3 Hours
6 Hours
Suwanee Creek
10 Miles
3.5 Hours
7 Hours
Rogers Bridge
11 Miles
3.75 Hours
7-1/4 Hours
Abbotts Bridge, GA 120
13 Miles
4.5 Hours
8 Hours
McClure Bridge
14 Miles
5 Hours
10 Hours
Medlock Bridge, GA 141
17 Miles
6 Hours
13 Hours
Jones Bridge
19 Miles
6.5 Hours
14 Hours
Holcomb Bridge
23 Miles
8 Hours
16 Hours
Island Ford
29 Miles
10 Hours
20 Hours
Roswell Rd., U.S. 19
31 Miles
10.5 Hours
21 Hours
Morgan Falls
35 Miles
11.5 Hours
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Morgan Falls Dam.
For information on generation schedules for Morgan Falls Dam, call 404-329-1455.

 

Access Points: See the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Maps for location details.

Miles from Buford Dam
Location
Access Point Location Comments
0
BUFORD DAM
Public Park, boat ramp, picnic tables, parking, good wading areas on east and west side of river. Must wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) from Buford Dam to Hwy 20 Bridge.
2.5

Hwy. 20 Bridge from Hwy 20 Bridge to the boat ramp at Medlock Bridge.

(Artificials Only)
Limited parking, long walk to river, steep bank, slippery when wet, limited wading. Excellent float tube trip to Settles Bridge. Artificial Lures only . Call 911 to report offense.
5
Settles Bridge
(Artificials Only)
East side access only, good parking, great wading areas. Long float trip to Abbotts Bridge.
8.5
McGinnis Ferry
(Artificials Only)
New boat ramp with excellent parking. Forsyth County fencing blocks all access to wade fishing upstream. Good float to Abbotts Bridge.
13
Abbotts Bridge
(Artificials Only)
Public park, boat ramp, tables, restrooms, limited wading. Good float trip to Medlock.
17
Medlock Bridge
(END – Artificials Only)
Public park, boat ramp, picnic tables, very wooded area. Good float trip to Jones Bridge.
19
Jones Bridge- East Side
Great park with large covered pavilion, restrooms, picnic tables. Extensive wading areas. Good float trip to Holcomb Bridge.
20
Jones Bridge- West Side
Public park west of river off Barnwell Road. Boat ramp, picnic tables, restrooms. Good, short float trip along park property.
23
Holcomb Bridge
Limited parking, exit immediately on right just below bridge and Water Plant. Parking available.
29
Island Ford
Chattahoochee National Recreation Area Headquarters. Great park. Restrooms, picnic tables, boat ramp, fishing pier. Beautiful river views. Extensive wading areas.
31
Hwy 9 & Azalea Rd
Parking, picnic table, wading areas.
32
Chattahoochee River Park
Parking, restrooms, picnic tables, boat ramp.
35
Morgan Falls Dam
Parking, boat ramp, good wading areas.
37
Johnsons Ferry
Parking, boat ramp, no wading. Good float trip to Cochran Shoals.
40
Cochran Shoals
Parking, restrooms, picnic tables, good float along park property.
43
East Palisades
Off Harris Trail and Whitewater Creek Road. Parking, picnic tables. Extensive wading areas. Good, short float trip along park property. Good float trip to Paces Mill.
44
Hwy 41 / Cobb Pkwy
Paces Mill Park. Parking, restrooms, picnic tables, boat ramp. Extensive wading areas.