As the Chattahoochee goes under I-285, it is cursed with memories of the 1970s and “The Ramilin’ Raft Race”. Every year, Atlanta would send tens of thousands of people would partake in largest floating party in the world. Fueled by beer and pot, the river was assumed to be as harmless any amusement park with no need for PFDs or clothes. The Metro Chattahoochee is still frequented by pool floats, air mattresses, coolers full of beer, and new paddlers. 

Many first time canoe/kayak paddlers have discovered that this is a big wide river with powerful currents and strong eddy lines. Unfortuantely, many of them discover this while looking up at their canoe or kayak!   

There are not many rapids, but they are more than capable of causing a swim.

  • River Difficulty: Beginner (Class I to +I)
  • Distance: 2.9 miles ( Powers Ferry Island to Paces Mill @ Hwy 41)
  • Avg Gradient: 8.6 fpm
  • Minimum Suggested Level:
  • Suggested Level: Almost anytime

River Information:

USGS Chattahoochee Near Norcross Gauge:

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Put In / Take Out Location:

Put In:  33o 54.215’N, 84o 26.519’W map

Powers Island – Chattahoochee National Park
Marietta GA

From I-75 / I-285 North of Atlanta
Go East on I-285 1.5 Miles.
Exit on Northside Drive.
Continue Straight
Turn Left on Interstate N. Parkway
Turn right into Cochran Shoals Park. 

Take Out:  33o52.219N, 84o27.145W
Paces Mill / Highway 41

From the Put In:

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Nearby Outfitters:




* approximate times

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