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. NOTE: the campground was flooded for several months earlier in the spring/summer. While some sites are in good condition, others are still in need of cleanup. Contact the LLELA gatehouse at 469.635.5483 for the latest availability info.

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 9/13/2019.

If you spot conditions that need attention (downed tree across the trail, etc.) please notify our gatehouse staff. 
  • Bittern Marsh Trail:  The trail condition is overall good. We will complete a few remaining issues related to spring and summer flooding as quickly as possible.
  • Redbud Trail: Fair condition.
  • Blackjack Trail: Good condition.
  • Cicada Trail: Good condition.
  • Cottonwood Trail: Good condition.
  • Green Dragon Trail: Good condition.

Kayaking/Canoeing Notes:

  • The Beaver Pond is very low after the summer's heat and low rainfall. The water level is low at the launch site and in other spots. As happens each summer, there is a large growth of floating algae in some areas of the pond due to warmer water temperatures. It can create a messy experience if you're not accustomed to handling your paddle as you move through algae. Conditions will improve with rain fall and cooler temperatures this fall.
  • 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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