More than half the people living in Georgia draw their drinking water
from the river, including 70% of the water used in Metro Atlanta. Power generation, irrigation, navigation further south, recreation and tourism all are important facets of the Chattahoochee River in our daily lives.
Yes, tourism. The booming eco-tourism industry is becoming increasingly dependent on the Chattahoochee River watershed. Hiking, camping, and recreation all add to tourist dollars spent within the state. Tourism is Georgia's second largest industry.
What does the name Chattahoochee mean?
The exact meaning is lost to time, however, it is currently believed that the origin comes from the Creek Indian words, "chatta" (rock) and "hoochee" (river) or "River of painted rock."
The Cherokee called the Upper Chattahoochee the Chota. Where did the Chota begin?
The Chota began at the start of today's Chattahoochee River aand ended at the confluence of the Soque and the Chattahoochee River. Cherokees believed that today's Soque River was the headwaters of the Chattahoochee.