Dam construction update, June 15: Visitors are no longer able to cross the outlet works. There will be no access to the Bittern Marsh Trail or east side of the river during this time.


There will be no access to the pavilion and Beaver Pond parking area on weekdays through July 3. These parking lots will be available for use on weekends. This will include the following areas and trails: Bittern Marsh, Redbud, Cicada, Green Dragon and Cottonwood Trails. Only the Blackjack will remain unaffected during this time. Access will not be available east of the pavilion at a later undetermined date. 


Scouting Opportunities

From badge workshops to group camping, LLELA offers great opportunities for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls, Frontier Girls, CampFire groups, Indian Guides and Princesses, and other youth organizations. Contact Nature Programs Coordinator Tiara Chapman at 469.635.5482 or


Groups of 25 people or more can reserve our group camping area. Contact the Lewisville Parks and Recreation Department office at 972.219.3550 for rates and availability. **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 group campground reservations after March 22, 2020. **

Service Projects

There are many opportunities for volunteer service groups to get involved in LLELA's restoration efforts. If your troop is looking for a service project, consider helping us maintain a trail, work in the plant nursery, harvest native grass and wildflower seeds, and more. Many projects can be applied to Scouting awards, including Eagle Scout, World Conservation Award, or the Hornaday Award (Boy Scouts); Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award (Girl Scouts), etc.


Over 6 miles of hiking trails are available at LLELA, with a variety of lengths and sights to see. You can hike on your own, or make a reservation for a guided hike led by knowledgeable LLELA staff or volunteers. Guided hikes for Scouting groups are $30/two-hour hike (maximum group size: 15 people).

The Geocache Adventure Trail was developed by a Boy Scout and is another fun way to explore LLELA's trails.

Badge Workshops

The list below includes examples of some of the badges with objectives that can be met at LLELA, but it is not a complete list. We can help with almost any nature-related badge or activity. Our maximum enrollment for a badge workshop is 20 children. This can include siblings. A two-three hour workshop is $75 and can be scheduled after school, during school holidays, or on weekends. Check our calendar, or contact, to check availability.

Girl Scouts


  • Clover petal


  • Hiker
  • Bugs
  • Senses
  • Outdoor Adventurer


  • Flowers
  • Animal Habitats
  • Camper
  • Gardener
  • Playing the Past


  • Trailblazing
  • Trees
  • Night Owl


  • Adventurer
  • Sky

Boy Scouts


  • Earth Rocks
  • Into the Wild
  • Into the Woods

Merit Badges:

  • Bird Study
  • Environmental Science
  • Fish & Wildlife Management
  • Fishing, Forestry
  • Fly Fishing
  • Insect Study
  • Mammal Study
  • Nature
  • Reptile & Amphibian Study
  • Soil & Water Conservation
  • also see our Outdoor Skills Enrichment series

American Heritage Girls


  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Insect-A Inspect-A
  • Our Feathered Friends
  • Zoology

Frontier Girls


  • Amphibians
  • Birds
  • Ecology
  • Botany
  • Entomology
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Insects
  • Kayaking
  • Mammals
  • Reptiles
  • Trees
  • Wild Edibles
  • Wildflowers