Check SwimGuide For Latest Water Quality Reports In The Area (2018-06-19 15:32:44)

Swimmers, paddlers and anglers heading out for a day on the river have a new resource for checking water safety, the – a website that provides free real-time water quality information for over 7,000 beaches, lakes, rivers and swimming holes in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, the Bahamas and Australia.

Watauga Riverkeeper and MountainTrue High Country Director Andy Hill runs MountainTrue’s weekly bacteria monitoring program, through which volunteers adopt sites and take regular samples.

Data from the bacteria monitoring program is now loaded up to for:
Guy Ford Road Bridge in Bethel
Price Lake in Blowing Rock
Watauga River 321 Access Upper Gorge Park in Sugar Grove
Watauga River at Valle Crucis Community Park

And in Tennessee,
Shook Branch Swimming Area in Hampton
Tester Road AW Access in Butler
Watauga Point Recreation Area on Watauga Lake in Hampton
and the Wilbur Dam Put-In on Watauga River at Elizabethton.

Andy Hill said that this resource would not be possible if not for a team of dedicated volunteers who provide a crucial service to the community, reassuring people and families when it’s safe to get out and swim, fish and paddle.

Results and historical data are available online at, as well as the free smart phone Swim Guide App.