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 7/23/2021 105 78.1F 7.24 27.8ppt 40.5mS
Blue Hole 7/23/2021 93.3 76.6F 7.66 41.1ppt 56.1mS
Little Falls (Hippie Hole) 7/23/2021 167 76.8F 7.79 28.5ppt 34.7mS
Indian Falls 7/23/2021 435.2 73.6F 7.44 25.7ppt 35.4mS
Middle Fork 7/23/2021 63.7 70.5F 7.59 16.3ppt 22.9mS
East Fork (Lake Lahusage 7/23/2021 99 71.2F 7.34 21.2ppt 29.7mS
Mentone Bridge (Hwy 117) 7/23/2021 124.4 73.4F 7.41 18.9ppt 27.5mS
Taylors Ford 7/23/2021 103.6 72.9F 7.17 13.9ppt 19.4mS
DeSoto Falls 7/23/2021 60.2 76.1F 6.75 19.4ppt 27.4mS