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.


Current Trail, Paddling, and Camping Conditions


This info was updated 5/26/2020.

In response to the Governor's latest recommendations, LLELA has resumed normal 7 am-7 pm operating hours. Visitors must stay 6' from anyone who is not from their household, and group sizes must be smaller than 10 people. We recommend that visitors wear a mask according to CDC recommendations (over age 2).

Daily entry is $5/vehicle (credit only at this time). Annual passes can be purchased online at

Beginning on June 1, visitors will not be  allowed to walk across the river outlet to fish or hike on the east side of the river. This restriction is necessary to protect your safety during the construction which is occurring on the dam.

We expect visitor access to close soon for all parts of LLELA east of the Pavilion for up to 3 months, also due to the construction. We will provide as much notice as possible, but we don’t have a date for this yet. During this closure, there will be no fishing or camping allowed at LLELA.  We encourage you to go fishing at  Lake Park instead. If you have a LLELA annual pass, your entry to Lake Park is free.

Paddlers will be able to launch in the Beaver Pond, but not at the river, for much of this summer.

 LLELA Trail Map (pdf)

LLELA Rules and Regulations

If you spot conditions that need attention (downed tree across the trail, etc.) please notify our gatehouse staff. 
  • Bittern Marsh Trail: Not recommended. The trail is partially flooded, and there are a number of issues along the boardwalk, including algae, debris and fallen trees. Our staff will make repairs as soon as possible. Due to construction at the dam, there will be no access to this trail after May 31.
  • Redbud Trail: Flooded.
  • Blackjack Trail: Good condition. Muddy in places after recent rains.
  • Cicada Trail: Good condition.
  • Cottonwood Trail: Good condition.
  • Green Dragon Trail: Good condition. Muddy in places after recent rains.

The campground is normally open for use 7 days/week. Complete primitive camping information . Please call 972.219.3550 if you need more information. 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. **Note: due to construction associated with Lewisville Dam, we expect our campgrounds will be closed for a period of time. We are currently not accepting group campground reservations. **

Kayaking/Canoeing Notes:

  • The Beaver Pond is full, and open for use by paddlers. One of our volunteers checked the trail on January 23 and created this report on conditions you might encounter (thank you, Leonard!) We'll do maintenance on this trail as soon as staff is available to do so.
  • The kayak/canoe put-in at the Elm Fork is closed at this time due to an elevated release rate, above 3,000 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. 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 McInnish Park in Carrollton (2241 Sandy Lake Road).

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