Launch Site Access Report Updated May 12 2020
Due to the perfect storm of flood levels on area lakes causing high release volumes and Covid 19 park closures, the list of available safe paddling launches has been challenging to compile. The following information includes most area water recreation locations—not just the Trinity River. We will try to address particular questions and requests though our Facebook Page and the contact us link and will update as often as possible. Most restrooms will probably be closed.
Texas state parks have reopened for day use only (no camping) but you MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE to enter the parks and use the launches. From TPWD: "The online reservation system is working now, We apologize for the frustration. You can reserve your Day Pass for parks that are open at https://texasstateparks.reserveamerica.com/.
Trinity River Paddle Trail
For all trips on the Paddle Trail please check for hazards and flow levels on our interactive map on the Paddle Trail Page.
Elm Fork of the Trinity River - UPDATE Flow levels still running dangerously high between Lewisvile Dam and McInnish Park and these sections should be avoided by all paddlers. Flow levels south of Carrollton Dam are still quite high, but no longer classified as dangerous. We reccomend only experienced paddlers should attempt the sections on the Elm and Main branch south of Carrollton Dam.
At current water levels there are no safe park and paddle locations currently on the remainder of the Trinity River Paddling Trail and TC strongly recommends against shuttle trips with anyone other that housemates already exposed to each other.
The West Fork of the Trinity River from Eagle Mountain Lake through the mid cities is safe to paddle, though check your route to be aware of any dams or other hazards by using our interactive paddle trail map. Any trips from Beach Street Launch to the East will require a shuttle and we reccomend you ony shuttle with housemates. Fort Worth Nature Center-closed. If you access the river from Ten Mile Bridge Road or other unofficial launch sites or from Lake Worth do not make landfall on FWNC preserve property.
The Clear Fork of the Trinity River is now at a resonable flow and can be paddled.
Backwoods Paddle Sports is open for rentals Wed-Sun at Panther Island at the confluence of Clear and West Forks in downtown Fort Worth
Fort Worth Nature Center-closed.
Lake Arlington: Open
Lake Benbrook: Rocky Creek Park is open, Mustang Point Multiuse Area and Holiday Day Use are are open except for swim beaches. Longhorn Overlook is open but the boat ramp is closed due to flood damage.
Lake Grapevine: Open: Katie's Wood, Ferris Branch boat ramp, Oak Grove Park (beach launch), Marshal Creek Boat Ramp in Trophy Club Park, Meadowmere Lane Boat Ramp (Meadowmere park ramp is still closed), Lakeview Park (but not the ramp itself), and Rockledge Park, All other parks and launches are closed due to flood conditions or Covid 19.
Eagle Mountain Lake: Open
Joe Pool Lake: Britton park open. Lynn Creek Park open for day use only, Thursday thru Sunday, must call for reservation and pre-pay admission fee. Lloyd Park open for camping only, self contained RV's only. Pre-paid reservation required. Only campers have access to boat ramp. Cedar Hills State park open for day use only. You must pre-reserve a day pass or entry.
Lake Lavon: Open: Avalon Park (boat Ramp Only), Bratonia Park, Brockdale Boat Ramp, Elm Creek Park, Highland Park, Little Ridge Park, Pebble Beach Park, Tickey Creek Park, Twin Groves Park, Lavonia South (boat ramp only). All other parks are closed.
Lewisville Lake: Big Sandy, Doe Branch Access, Point Vista and Arrowhead are open. All other launches and parks closed due to flood conditions.
Lake Ray Hubbard: Most parks and access points now open.
- Note: please avoid Miller Rd on Rowlett Creek for now. The parking lot is very small and crowded right now due bank fishermen. Several species of fish are heading into Rowlett Creek for spawning season. The fishermen will be gone in 1-2 weeks.
Lake Ray Roberts: Day use only. Sanger Park and Jordan Park Boat Ramps open for boat access. Closed for repair: Isle Du Boise, Johnson Branch, Pecan Creek, Pond Creek, Buck Creek, Greenbelt Park, and Highway 380 park. Call first for any other access.
Sam Rayburn Lake: Boat ramps and most parks are open but all camping areas are closed.
White Rock Lake: Open But White Rock Paddle Company is still closed for rentals until further notice.
Lake Worth: Open, but paddlers are warned to avoid landfall in the Fort Worth Nature Center.
We will monitor the situation an update weekly—if not more often. Check the date in the heading.
-Teresa Patterson “River Mom”