Mardis Mill on Graves Creek

Blountsville, Alabama

The Friends of Locust Fork River (FLFR) monitor this site on Graves Creek, designated as AWW Site 10001013.

Mardis Mill is a very popular swim hole on a tributary of the Locust Fork River.

Below a multi-level falls is a deeply shaded pool, draped with Mountain Laurel. Down from there is a fun butt-slide and another pool. The whole area is steeply bounded by sandstone outcrops studded with plants suited to that tough terrain. Truly a gem of a spot! Perfect swim hole for hot summer days.

This swimming hole was included on AL.com's "13 of Alabama's Best Swimming Holes" 2015 list! See the article here: http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2015/06/13_of_alabamas_best_swimming_h.html

Graves Creek is not at present listed as “impaired” water quality.* However, since it drains the area of a chicken processing plant, water quality issues could arise anytime. Hence FLFR continues to test for E. coli at the swim site to ensure safe swimming.

This site is presumably named for an historic water mill that these falls once powered.

*According to Alabama Department of Environmental Management 303(d) listings.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Alabama Water Watch updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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MONITORING FREQUENCY

Mardis Mill on Graves Creek is sampled monthly from April 1st to November 30th

SOURCE INFORMATION

Alabama Water Watch (AWW) volunteer monitors test water quality at many sites, including some recreational areas. AWW trains its volunteers in an EPA-approved protocol. (See www.alabamawaterwatch.org/resources/publications.)

All bacteriological data are uploaded to AWW, available to the public at www.alabamawaterwatch.org/water-data.)

AWW volunteers collect a sample of water identically cultured in triplicate to reveal E coli colonies. AWW defines “relatively safe for human contact” as less than or equal to 200 E. coli/100 mL water. (Compare to ADEM and EPA levels of less than or equal to 235 E coli/100mL.*)

A swim site is marked
Green: average of triplicate cultures: zero to 200 E. coli/100mL of water.
Red: average of triplicate cultures: greater than 200 E.coli/100mL
Grey: reliable information not available.

*For more information, see EPA's 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria document at www.epa.gov/wqc/2012-recreational-water-quality-criteria-documents.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Mardis Mill on Graves Creek

Blountsville, Alabama

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . Alabama Water Watch updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   

The Friends of Locust Fork River (FLFR) monitor this site on Graves Creek, designated as AWW Site 10001013.

Mardis Mill is a very popular swim hole on a tributary of the Locust Fork River.

Below a multi-level falls is a deeply shaded pool, draped with Mountain Laurel. Down from there is a fun butt-slide and another pool. The whole area is steeply bounded by sandstone outcrops studded with plants suited to that tough terrain. Truly a gem of a spot! Perfect swim hole for hot summer days.

This swimming hole was included on AL.com's "13 of Alabama's Best Swimming Holes" 2015 list! See the article here: http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2015/06/13_of_alabamas_best_swimming_h.html

Graves Creek is not at present listed as “impaired” water quality.* However, since it drains the area of a chicken processing plant, water quality issues could arise anytime. Hence FLFR continues to test for E. coli at the swim site to ensure safe swimming.

This site is presumably named for an historic water mill that these falls once powered.

*According to Alabama Department of Environmental Management 303(d) listings.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Mardis Mill on Graves Creek is sampled monthly from April 1st to November 30th

SOURCE INFORMATION

Alabama Water Watch (AWW) volunteer monitors test water quality at many sites, including some recreational areas. AWW trains its volunteers in an EPA-approved protocol. (See www.alabamawaterwatch.org/resources/publications.)

All bacteriological data are uploaded to AWW, available to the public at www.alabamawaterwatch.org/water-data.)

AWW volunteers collect a sample of water identically cultured in triplicate to reveal E coli colonies. AWW defines “relatively safe for human contact” as less than or equal to 200 E. coli/100 mL water. (Compare to ADEM and EPA levels of less than or equal to 235 E coli/100mL.*)

A swim site is marked
Green: average of triplicate cultures: zero to 200 E. coli/100mL of water.
Red: average of triplicate cultures: greater than 200 E.coli/100mL
Grey: reliable information not available.

*For more information, see EPA's 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria document at www.epa.gov/wqc/2012-recreational-water-quality-criteria-documents.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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