Dam construction update: starting on June 1, LLELA visitors will not be able to cross the outlet works. There will be no access to the Bittern Marsh Trail or east side of the river. Sometime soon (date currently unknown), all access east of the Cicada Pavilion will be prohibited for about 8 weeks. This will include the following areas and trails: Bittern Marsh Trail, kayaking and fishing in the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, all camping areas, and the Redbud Trail. Only the Blackjack, Green Dragon, Cottonwood, and Cicada Trails will be open during that time.




Bridge Black Jack TrailVisitors to LLELA can enjoy a variety of recreational activities which are compatible with our mandate to preserve, protect and restore degraded ecosystems, communities, and native biodiversity.

--LLELA is open to the public 7 days/week. We are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.

--Winter hours: 7 am to 5 p.m. (Nov. 1-Feb. 28)

--Summer hours: 7 am to 7 p.m. (March 1- Oct. 31)


--For the protection of our wildlife, NO PETS are allowed at LLELA.

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