SwimGuide 2022

Little River is a fascinating and unique experience in our little northeast corner of Alabama. Lookout Mountain has the geologic makeup of sandstone, limestone and a layer of shale that creates incredible rock bottom pools that are deep and cold.

Little River definitely has the best kayaking and skinny water fishing around but mostly, there are swimming holes! Places that only locals know about, summer camp waterfronts that host thousands of youth and nationally acclaimed spots dotted about this plateau mountain!

Clean water is essential for these activities and Little River WATERKEEPER has SwimGuide to keep you up on the latest water quality results. The summer program monitors the water quality at popular swimming holes and on major tributaries throughout Little River every week, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Test results are posted here each Friday and on theSwimGuide.org.

1 Taylors Ford - West Fork 8/11/2022 178.2 NW of Mentone - Rocky, shallow section enjoyed by locals.
2 Desoto Falls - West Fork 8/11/2022 25.3 South of Mentone CR 613 - Deep lake for swimming/boating. DSP Day use fee
3 Indian Falls/Desoto State Park - West Fork 8/11/2022 46.2 Across from the Boardwalk Trail & follows DSP Yellow Trail to West Fork - Shallow to Deep Pools. DSP
4 Blue Hole Little River 8/11/2022 26.9 A deep swimming hole with easy access from Hwy 35. NPS
5 Little Falls (Hippy Hole) 8/11/2022 25.9 Difficult hike in but beautiful deep pool with shallow pools upstream. Dangerous after heavy rains! This area is part of LRC Preserve.
6 Canyon Mouth Park 8/11/2022 36.8 Picnic, swim, hike. Public restrooms. Day use fee. NPS
7 West Fork Bridge Hwy 117 Mentone 8/11/2022 27.2 Popular waterfront used by camps upstream. It is not a public swimming hole but is part of a kayaking trail.
10 East Fork Chappaquiddick & Lake Lahusage 8/11/2022 N/A Monitors water quality as it flows into Lake Lahusage. Public Kayaking & Swimming.
11 Middle Fork Hwy 117 8/11/2022 22.6 Monitors water quality as it flows into Lake Lahusage. Public Kayaking
12 Yellow Creek 8/11/2022 574.8 Monitors water quality flowing into Little River Canyon. NPS
13 Johnny's Creek 8/11/2022 N/A Monitors water quality flowing into Little River Canyon Mouth Park. Public Nature Preserve. Permit required.