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, Total Dissolved Solids and Conductivity to determine if the site meets state water quality standards.

Click on the SwimGuide link below to for easy to read results or read the chart below for more scientific data!

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


High Ecoli Alert!! The site exceeds state water quality standards. E-Coli standard: Above 235cfu/100mL. 


The site meets state water quality standards but has moderate amount of E-Coli. Proceed with caution. Cover cuts and scrapes.

Swim On!

Swim On! The site has little or no E-Coli present

Canyon Mouth Park 9/2/2021 980.4 76.8F 7.24 31.0ppt 49.8mS
Blue Hole 9/2/2021 275.5 75F 7.11 18.2ppt 24.8mS
Little Falls (Hippie Hole) 9/2/2021 248.1 76.8F 7.18 18.5ppt 29.1mS
Indian Falls 9/2/2021 44.1 73.9F 6.98 26.8ppt 38mS
Middle Fork (Lake Lahusage) 9/2/2021 112.6 75.7F 6.88 15.2ppt 21.6mS
East Fork (Lake Lahusage) 9/2/2021 214.3 75.4F 6.96 14.3ppt 18.8mS
Mentone Bridge (Hwy 117) 9/2/2021 145.5 71.6F 6.74 13.3ppt 19.2mS
Taylors Ford 9/2/2021 224.7 73.2F 6.71 11.7ppt 16.5mS
DeSoto Falls 9/2/2021 58.1 77.2F 6.84 22ppt 31.3mS