Current Trail, Paddling, and Camping Conditions


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


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 5/24/2019.

LLELA Trail Map (pdf)

Some trails are flooded, and some may be muddy in places. Wear shoes you don't mind getting dirty.

  • Bittern Marsh Trail: River-side part of the trail is flooded back into the marsh and boardwalks due to a large water release event at Lewisville Dam. This trail is not recommended, except the very front part from the trailhead a short distance into the forest.
  • Redbud Trail: Flooded due to a large water release event at Lewisville Dam.
  • Blackjack Trail: Muddy in a few places due to recent rain.
  • Cicada Trail: no flooding.
  • Cottonwood Trail: no flooding.
  • Green Dragon Trail: Muddy in a few low places due to recent rain.

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.
  • The kayak/canoe put-in at the Elm Fork is CLOSED due to a large water release through 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.

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