Fishing Safety

A calm pool on the Little River at Canyon Mouth Park.
Little River in Canyon Mouth Park surrounded by lush, green trees.

NPS / Matt Switzer


Be water wise and enjoy fishing along the Little River.

National Parks offer many fishing opportunities, including here at Little River Canyon National Preserve. With almost 50 species of fish occuring in Little River, fishing at the park is a popular pastime. Fishing is allowed anywhere on Little River with a valid Alabama fishing license.

Know the Rules:

  • Must have a valid Alabama fishing license - children under 16 and adults over 65 are exempt from a fishing license.
  • Seine fishing/net fishing is NOT allowed.
  • Motorboats are NOT allowed.
  • Information on Alabama fishing regulations and licenses is available on the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website.

Safety Tips:

  • Always wear a personal flotation device (PFD or lifejacket).
  • Watch children carefully - the power of the river can be easily underestimated.
  • Use sunscreen and wear sun protection gear.
  • Carry a first aid kit and know how to remove fishing hooks.
  • Cold water and cold air temperatures can quickly lead to hypothermia.
  • Weather conditions can change with little or no-notice - check the forecast before you go. If you hear thunder, get away from the water and seek shelter. Check the National Weather Service forecast for the Little River Canyon area at this website.
  • Use caution when walking or wading in the water, there may be hidden hazards below the surface of the water that you can't see.
  • Assess swift water before entering or crossing.
  • Watch out for wildlife whlie fishing - Little River Canyon is home to wildlife such as bears, snakes (including venomous Copperheads, Cottonmouths, and rattlesnakes), and hornets.
  • In case of emergency, call 9-1-1. Many areas of the park have poor or no cell reception - carry a back-up signaling device.
  • Let a friend know where you will be going and when you expect to be back.
  • Pack out what you pack in - please dispose of fishing line and other trash properly.

Last updated: January 4, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

4322 Little River Trail NE Ste 100
Fort Payne, AL 35967


256 845-9605 x201
Main phone number for Little River Canyon National Preserve.

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