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Check your route to LLELA:

Construction has closed an intersection that affects LLELA visitors. Don't come up Mill Street to access LLELA. Instead, from I-35E, exit at Main St. in Lewisville. Drive east on Main St. through Old Town Lewisville. Just past Mill St., watch for Kealy St. Turn left (north) on Kealy and follow it north to the LLELA entrance gate. More info.

Kayaking and Canoeing

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Moving Water

self-guided/bring your own boat

Moving water: The cities of Lewisville, Carrollton, and Irving have cooperated with several other organizations to open 22 miles of the Elm Fork to paddlers. LLELA hosts the northern-most access point for this newly-designated paddling trail, which had its grand opening in October 2014. Things to know before you come:

  • Entry to LLELA is $5/vehicle.
  • Vehicles left at our parking lot must be picked up by closing time on the date of entry: 5 p.m. November 1-February 28 (winter hours); 7 p.m. March 1-October 31 (summer hours). Launch at least four hours before LLELA closes. NO admission after hours to retrieve a vehicle.
  • Due to strong currents just below the dam, we ask paddlers to launch at LLELA and go downstream to a takeout point. Please don't try to take out at the same spot you put in; this advice comes from highly skilled kayakers who were unable to fight the current to paddle back upstream. Arrange a downstream shuttle vehicle in advance.
  • You can check the current water flow rate at the Corps of Engineers' web site. Kayaking is not possible at less than 80 cfs, and not recommended for most paddlers above 600 cfs. The river is closed to all boating activity if the release rate is above 3,000 cfs. It is your responsibility to determine whether your skills match the current river conditions before you decide to launch.
  • The put-in location at LLELA is primitive. You'll drive a short distance down a gravel road to a dirt parking lot. The parking area is separated from the river access by a pipe fence and gate; you must pass your boat over or through the gate. From there it is a 50-100 yard walk over open, sandy ground to reach the put-in location. There is no formal put-in, but the slope is very gentle, and easy to manage on foot. Wheeled carts or wheelchairs will struggle in the sand, though.
  • Map of the Elm Fork Paddling Trail.

Please use caution on this route--after 2015-16 flooding there are major strainers in place between the railroad bridge and the Business-121 Highway bridge. 

Still water

self-guided/bring your own boat

The Beaver Pond is in the public portion of LLELA, but has limited water feeds and is prone to going dry during long periods of drought. Check our current conditions before you go. McWhorter Creek is in an area of LLELA which is currently closed to public access. Please don't attempt to reach McWhorter Creek except on a guided tour.

There are several private businesses from which you can rent kayaks or canoes, but none inside LLELA. Some of these businesses will deliver boats to LLELA for you to use, and some do offer a shuttle service to bring you back to your starting point if you are paddling on the river. Some possible contacts are below. Rates and services offered vary; please check directly with the providers for details.

Resources

  • Paddle Bound River Outfitters
    Jimmy and Edie Gray, 817.282.3135
    paddlebound.com