Current Trail, Paddling, and Camping Conditions


This info was updated 1/21/2020.

LLELA is open 7 days per week, from 7 a.m to 5 p.m. Entry is $5/vehicle (cash or check only). Annual passes are available.

**The campgrounds are currently flooded due to a water release from Lewisville Dam**

**The release rate from the dam is over 5,000 cfs. At this time, fishing access is closed. There is no public access to parts of LLELA east of the Pavilion, including the riverside, Redbud Trail, and Bittern Marsh Trail.

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:  The marsh and riverside portions of the trail are flooded due to a water release from Lewisville Dam. Access to this trail is currently closed.
  • Redbud Trail: Flooded due to a water release from Lewisville Dam.
  • 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. NOTE: the campground is currently flooded. 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.

Kayaking/Canoeing Notes:

  • The Beaver Pond is filling up, and is accessible for kayaking/canoeing again. However, we have not yet checked the route for downed trees or other issues. If you paddle on the Beaver Pond, please let staff in the gatehouse know what areas might need attention. 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 high water. 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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