Playing Safely at
Little River Canyon National Preserve
Little River Canyon National Preserve has had 3 deaths and 2 near drownings so far this year, along with several rescues. Natural areas can be dangerous. We want our visitors to come have fun, and go home safely.
Stay away from the edge of the cliffs. Do not cross handrails. The area around the top of Little River Falls is closed 50 feet back from the edge whether the water is up or not. You can be ticketed for being in a closed area, with fines up to $280. Rocks in the park are slippery and uneven. The current above the falls can carry people over the cliff in seconds. Hidden dangers can be in the water. Drop-offs, rocks, swift currents, and underwater debris can interrupt your fun in a bad way.
When playing in the river, never swim alone. Wear your personal floatation devices when you are in or near the water. Do not swim at high water levels. Watch your children, in or near the water and keep them away from the edges of cliffs.
You can make your visit much more enjoyable by staying hydrated – drink plenty of water. Bring snacks. Wear walking shoes, not flip-flops or dress shoes. Use sunscreen to protect your skin. Watch out for insect nests, snakes and bears. Be aware of approaching storms. Drugs and alcohol are illegal in the park. These greatly increase your likelihood of having an accident.
Superintendent Steve Black invites you to come explore the park and enjoy the park safely. For more information, call Little River Canyon National Preserve (256)845-9605. Check out our webpage at www.nps.gov/liri . You can follow our updates and find park pictures on Facebook at “lirinps”.
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