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.


Bird walks

Birders of all skill levels are invited to join an expert to explore birding locations at LLELA. Ages 10 and up. There is no additional fee for the walk, but LLELA entrance is $5/vehicle. Reservations are not required. There is a LLELA bird walk at 7:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of most months. There are usually no walks in July or August. Please check our calendar for upcoming dates. For more information contact

Things You'll Need to Know

  • Pay at the gate with cash or check.  We are not able to accept credit cards. LLELA admission is $5/vehicle.

  • Wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, long sleeves, and a hat.

  • Bring AT LEAST one full (and refillable) water bottle per person.

  • Check and prepare for any weather. We’ll try not to cancel due to weather unless it’s raining.

  • Enjoy roughing it. LLELA is a completely outdoor facility without plumbing. There are clean portable toilets close to the Pavilion parking lot. You will have access to this area before and after the hike, but not during.

  • Respect wildlife. LLELA is here to preserve wildlife and habitat. Please respect the animals and plants at all times. We ask all visitors to Leave No Trace: Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but memories, kill nothing but time.