Federal Wildlife Preserve

Blazing Star FlowersLewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area

Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) is a federal wildlife preserve with over 2,000 acres of prairies, bottomland hardwood forests, wetlands and cross timbers forests perfect for camping, hiking and birding. Mammals such as bobcats, white-tailed deer and mink, along with over 270 recorded species of birds such as wild turkeys, painted buntings and dozens of waterfowl species, can be seen from Kayaking the Elm Forkmany of the nature trails.

In addition, numerous sloughs, wetlands, creeks and dry channels, provide homes for wood ducks and other waterfowl, as well as many turtles, wading birds and amphibians. The Elm Fork River, which originally developed these areas during flooding events, is an ideal fishing location.

LLELA is managed by a group ofDeer Leaping agencies including the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, University of North Texas, City of Lewisville, Lewisville ISD and Texas A&M University. Their mission is to preserve and restore native ecosystems and provide and promote environmental education and scientific research.

With such a diversity of habitats, there is a profusion of wildlife at LLELA to be enjoyed by all.

Hours of Operation

Winter HoursLotus Marsh

November 1 to March 1

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Summer Hours

March 2 to October 31

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Entry Fees

  • $5 per person
  • Children 5 and under free

Annual Passes

  • $30 Individual
  • $60 Family

LLELA Activities

  • Hiking on one of three trails
  • Camping and fishing along the beautiful Elm Fork of the Trinity River
  • Exciting birding opportunities, including both migratory and resident species
  • Canoeing or kayaking on the Elm Fork (BYOC/K - no equipment available on-site except on pre-arranged river tours)
  • Picnicking in our large pavilion area
  • Visiting the 1870 Minor-Porter Log Home

Regular Organized Activities