Current Trail, Paddling, and Camping Conditions


This info was updated 4/3/2020.

With the health and well-being of our residents, visitors, and staff being a top priority, the City of Lewisville is temporarily reducing open hours at LLELA due to the COVID-19 disease outbreak. We are open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Entry is $5/vehicle (credit only). Annual passes can be purchased online at

**NOTE: Camping is not currently available.

**A large water release from Lewisville Dam is in progress (over 5,000 cfs). The fishing area is closed, along with all access to the river. The Bittern Marsh Trail and Redbud Trails are flooded and not accessible. Kayaking/canoeing is only available at the Beaver Pond.

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: No access. Flooded due to a large water release from Lewisville Dam.
  • Redbud Trail: Flooded.
  • Blackjack Trail: Good condition. The last part of the trail branch to the Beaver Pond area is temporarily closed due to construction. This breaks Blackjack Trail's connection to the rest of our trail network.
  • Cicada Trail: Good condition.
  • Cottonwood Trail: Good condition.
  • Green Dragon Trail: Good condition.

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 beginning in late March. We are not accepting campground reservations after March 22, 2020. **

Kayaking/Canoeing Notes:

  • The Beaver Pond is full, and is accessible for kayaking/canoeing again. 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 due to a large water release from Lewisville Dam. 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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