Current Trail, Paddling, and Camping Conditions


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

All campgrounds are currently flooded due to a large water release from Lewisville Lake Dam.  

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.

This info was updated 10/19/2018.

LLELA Trail Map (pdf)

All trails are muddy due to recent heavy rains. The Corps of Engineers has recently been releasing floodwaters through Lewisville Dam, and this is affecting some trails:

  • Bittern Marsh Trail: entire marsh and river-side part of the trail is/was recently flooded. There are puddles and muddy patches in many locations, as well as some trail erosion we are not able to address until the trail dries out. Hike with caution, or choose a different trail.
  • Redbud Trail: was completely flooded recently. Floodwater has receded in some areas, but this trail will flood again as soon as the Corps is able to release water again.
  • Blackjack Trail: no flooding, muddy in many spots. Watch for orange tape which marks suggested routes around standing puddles.
  • Cicada Trail: no flooding.
  • Cottonwood Trail: A short portion of the loop between the trail head and the log house is flooded, about 3-6" deep. Immediately after heavy rain, a short portion of the loop on the other side has been flooding as well; however this should drain fairly quickly when the rain stops and enable hikers to travel up the side of the trail closest to the Cicada Trail.

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 checked the first half of the route and partially flagged it with orange tape. The second half is not yet flagged and has some downed trees. If you choose to kayak on the pond, please give a report to the gatehouse staff regarding the conditions you encounter. Complete Beaver Pond paddling Trail information from TX Parks and Wildlife Department
  • The kayak/canoe put-in at the Elm Fork is closed, as the release rate is above 5,000 cfs. 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.

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