Current Trail, Paddling, and Camping Conditions


LLELA is open 7 days per week, from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. Entry is $5/vehicle (cash or check only). Season passes are available.

The campground is normally open for use 7 days/week. Complete primitive camping information . Please call 972.219.3550 if you need more information.

The Group Campground is normally available for use by groups of 25 or more people (youth groups and other organizations). This is by reservation only; contact 972.219.3550.

LLELA Trail Map (pdf)

LLELA Rules and Regulations

This info was updated 7/19/2019.

ALL CAMPSITES ARE CLOSED due to recent flooding. The water has receded, but the sites are still drying out. We will clean up and open the campground for use as soon as possible.

Two trails are degraded and still need cleanup after recent flooding, but all other trails are in good condition.

  • Bittern Marsh Trail: The trail is no longer closed, but is not recommended. There are fallen trees in several locations, and a great deal of flood debris on the boardwalks. A section at about the halfway point is overgrown, and wayfinding there is difficult. Don't hike this trail unless you already know it well. We will complete tree removal and other tasks as quickly as possible.
  • Redbud Trail: Still drying out after recent flooding, not recommended.
  • Blackjack Trail: Good condition.
  • Cicada Trail: Good condition.
  • Cottonwood Trail: Good condition.
  • Green Dragon Trail: Good condition.

If you spot conditions that need attention (downed tree across the trail, etc.) please notify our gatehouse staff. Extended periods of rain and flooding make trail upkeep very challenging. We appreciate your patience.

Kayaking/Canoeing Notes:

  • The Beaver Pond is completely full after recent heavy rains. Staff has cleared floating debris throughout the route, and flagged the best path with orange tape. As always, you are free to explore the pond using other don't have to stick to the flagged path. As happens each summer, there is a large growth of floating algae in some spots due to warmer water temperatures. It is fairly easy to push through, but can create a messy experience if you're not accustomed to handling your paddle as you move through algae.
  • The kayak/canoe put-in at the Elm Fork is open. You can always check the current water flow rate at the Corps of Engineers' web site. If the water release rate is higher than 600 cfs, the river is recommended only for paddlers with swift water experience. It is your responsibility to determine whether your skills match the current river conditions before you decide to launch. Above 3,000 cfs, the river is closed to all boating activity. Please use caution. There are many strainers, downed trees, and other hazards in the river. Important, please read: More information about kayaking at LLELA. You will need to organize a vehicle shuttle at a downstream takeout point, paddling back upstream to take out at LLELA is not possible due to strong currents at the dam outflow. **Be aware: the City has begun improvements to the informal take-out location many paddlers have been using at the Hebron Parkway bridge. The area is temporarily inaccessible due to the construction, which is expected to be complete by the end of the year. The next downstream takeout location is at the Dimension Tract in Carrollton (1199 Elm Park Drive).

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