Current Trail, Paddling, and Camping Conditions


LLELA is open 7 days per week, from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. 

The campground is open for use on Friday and Saturday nights only. Complete primitive camping information . Please call 972.219.3550 if you need more information.

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

This info was updated 9/18/2017.

LLELA Trail Map (pdf)

All trails are open for use with no major issues. If you spot conditions that need attention (downed tree across the trail, etc.) please notify our gatehouse staff. 

Kayaking/Canoeing Notes:

  • The Beaver Pond is lower than normal after several weeks of heat with no rain, especially at the north side of the pond, including the kayak launch area. Due to summer's heat, the pond has also become rather mossy...this is a normal annual occurrence, but not enjoyed by all paddlers. Kayakers should be ready for a muddier, messier experience than normal, but staff were able to complete the whole route with some difficult shallow spots we had to pole (rather than paddle) through. The route is marked with a combination of flagging tape and yellow paint marks on trees. Call the LLELA gatehouse at 972.219.7980 for the latest info. Complete Beaver Pond paddling Trail information from TX Parks and Wildlife Department
  • The Elm Fork river access at LLELA is available, but there are hazards downstream. Please use caution--after 2015-16 flooding there are two major strainers in place between the railroad bridge and the Business-121 Highway bridge. We have posted a report directly from a kayaker who paddled from LLELA to Hebron Parkway recently. You can 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.
  • More information about kayaking at LLELA.

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