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Difficulty I-II(IV)
Length 2 Miles
Gauge WEST FORK LITTLE R AT DESOTO PARK NR FORT PAYNE AL
Flow Range 175 - 1000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 7 years ago 129 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 01/20/2006 4:40 pm

River Description


The Upper West Fork of the Little River requires a hike in* and contains very few rapids. Those who are willing to make the hike are rewarded by an amazingly scenic put-in at the Base of 70' Desoto Falls and getting to run a stretch of rivers that few have seen.

This scenic class II stretch is broken up by one large class IV-IV+ rapid that will require very high water to run safely.

*It has been pointed out that there is an easier access point on river left accessed from the end of the grass runway of Shady Grove Dude Ranch. However, the dude ranch is private property and this access should only be used with expressed permission of the owner Jack Jones. The hike in access to river right at the base of the falls can be done without trespassing.

Rapid Descriptions

Desoto Falls

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After the hike in paddlers are rewarded with putting in and getting to paddle around the base of and behind Desoto Falls. Bring a camera, this is a magical and photogenic moment (and a great place to make those pictures/video of flatwater moves look cool).

Squeeze Play

Class - IV Mile - 0.6
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Shortly after the put-in at Desoto Falls paddlers will incounter the largest rapid on the run. Here the river splits around a midstream rock dropping about 3 feet then is squeezed through a 2 foot wide slot between two house sized boulders that are very undercut. I haven't seen this one high enough to make it go for my taste yet, but I would guess somewhere over 500 cfs would make it MUCH safer.

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7 years ago

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9 years ago

I think this was the actual first decent: http://teamriot.blogspot.com/2008/02/desoto-falls-first-descent.html from February 2008 The other link is from April 2009. Regardless this has been run more than once now

Gage Descriptions

The online gauge for the West Fork of the Little River is about 5 miles downstream at the main Desoto State Park property. Look for anything over 175cfs and the run will be fine, even better ~300cfs.

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Adam Goshorn

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1194407 01/20/06 Adam Goshorn n/a
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