A new whitewater rafting course at the Georgia-Alabama state line is drawing big crowds for its grand opening after nearly 13 years of work. Officials opened the rapids to rafters on Saturday. It cost nearly $24.4 million to tear down two dams on the river between Columbus and Phenix City, Ala., and build the 2.5-mile course.
Crews plan to blow up another dam Tuesday morning to help create a man-made whitewater course on the Chattahoochee River. Workers plan to blast a 100-foot section out of the City Mills Dam around 10:30 a.m.
After more than a decade of planning and construction, a man-made whitewater course on the Chattahoochee River will open May 25. It is expected to attract adventurers from around the South. Business and civic leaders on Thursday announced the opening date during a ceremony on a pedestrian bridge overlooking the river.
The city of Columbus is tightening the rules for people out on the Chattahoochee River near the city. Starting this week the city is requiring life vests for anyone on the river between the North Highlands Dam and the Columbus Trade Center.
The new whitewater course opening next year in Columbus means new potential challenges for the city’s fire and emergency services department. That has responders training for the special demands of saving people in the shallow, fast-moving rapids.
The Alabama Department of Environmental Management announced a new effort among local and state officials to clean up the Mill Creek Watershed as a new whitewater rafting course is developed in the Phenix City and Columbus, Ga. areas. The creek flows from Smiths Station through Phenix City into the Chattahoochee River.