SwimGuide 2021

The cool, crisp water of Little River is calling to locals and visitors alike, as summer quickly approaches. This pristine resource is a fascinating and unique experience in our little northeast corner of Alabama. Because of the geologic makeup of Lookout Mountain, water perches on a layer of shale, creating incredible rock bottom pools that are deep and cold.

In 2014, Travel and Leisure magazine listed Little River #1 out of 20 swimming holes in the nation. Since then, Eco-Tourism has exploded and is the #1 industry in DeKalb County, making Little River the lifeblood of our community.

With the swim season upon us, Little River Waterkeeper will keep you up-to-date on weekly water quality results. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, we will run tests from samples taken on Little River from your favorite swimming holes.

Each Friday, we will post test results by the end of business for: E Coli, Total Coli form, Temperature, pH, Dissolved Oxygen, Total Dissolved Solids, Conductivity and Nitrates to determine if the site meets state water quality standards.

Test Sites and easy to read results are below!

2021 Test Sites:

DeSoto Falls, West Fork Little River
Lake Lahusage, Middle Fork
Lake Lahusage, East Fork
Taylor's Ford, West Fork, Mentone
Mentone Bridge, West Fork, Mentone
Indian Falls, West Fork /DeSoto State Park
Blue Hole, Little River
Little Falls, Little River (Martha’s Falls or Hippy Hole)
Little River Canyon Mouth Park


The site does not meet state water quality standards. E-Coli standard - 235cfu/100mL.


The site meets state water quality standards but has moderate amount of E-Coli

Swim On!

The site has little or no E-Coli present

Middle Fork - Little River 6/18/2021 22.8 75.6F 7.1 33.6ppt 47.9mS
East Fork - Little River 6/18/2021 2.4 77.3F 7.13 29.7ppt 33.3mS
Desoto Falls - West Fork, LR 6/18/2021 11 82.4F 7.13 66.3ppt 88.1mS
Indian Falls/Desoto State Park - West Fork 6/18/2021 <1 78.6F 7.27 26.9ppt 37.7mS
Blue Hole Little River 6/18/2021 3 79.9F 7.65 24.1ppt 33.4mS
Little Falls (Martha's Falls) 6/18/2021 30.9 81.9F 7.98 40.4ppt 59.7mS
Canyon Mouth Park 6/18/2021 18.9 79.2F 7.52 185ppt 262mS
West Fork - Taylors Ford - Mentone 6/18/2021 12.2 77.7F 7.36 81.7ppt 115.2mS
West Fork - Mentone Bridge - HWY 117 6/18/2021 14.5 77.2F 7.19 23.5ppt 33.3mS