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All normal LLELA facilities and activities are available as of noon on May 18!

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed the maintenance work at the outlet ahead of schedule, and we are now open for fishing, camping, and other activities as normal. However, the water level in the river is still low. Check the release rate at the Lewisville Dam before you come, if you are counting on water in the river. Normal flow is 120-250 cfs, anything less is pretty dry.

Wetland Management

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Ecologically, there have been few improvements resulting from LLELA's land use history. However, one positive change was that the Army Corps of Engineers inadvertently created wetlands by digging borrow pits during the construction of the Lewisville Lake Dam. Over time, some aquatic species have managed to establish themselves in these pits. The development of the fish hatchery below the dam (circa 1970’s) and some seepage from the earthen dam has provided a relatively constant flow of lake water for some aquatic systems. Wetland restoration, or more correctly wetland creation, at LLELA has focused on transplanting native Texas aquatic plants to enhance these areas which provide wildlife habitat for a large number of species. The old fish hatchery, now known as the Lewisville Aquatic Ecosystem Research Facility (LAERF) has been an active partner in LLELA's wetland restorations.