The East Fork of the Trinity River rises in Grayson County, then flows south for 80 miles through Collin, Rockwall and Dallas County to the confluence with the Main Stem in Kaufman County, southeast of Dallas. Much of the East Fork Trinity has been dammed by Lake Lavon and Lake Ray Hubbard. The East Fork flows through heavily wooded bottomland hardwood forests of Elm, Ash, Cottonwood, Willow, Post Oak and Pecan. Typically, the East Fork is not paddled above Lake Lavon. As well, the possible runs on the East Fork below Ray Hubbard Lake are not that popular for paddling, either. But there is good potential paddling downstream of Lake Ray Hubbard Dam to past the confluence with Trinity Main Stem. Flow in the East Fork is dependent upon dam releases from Lake Lavon and Lake Ray Hubbard or recent heavy rainfall. Beware of high flows and fallen trees. Banks are steep, muddy and access can be difficult, so beware of the potential difficulty of put-ins and take-outs. There are no rapids but swift currents and downed trees or log jams can be dangerous.
Recreation and Access
|Length||One lake paddling trail loop of 6.4 miles and 5 runs of 3.5 to 11.5 miles|
|Minimum Flow||100 cfs|
|Ideal Flow||200 cfs|
|Maximum Flow||2,000 cfs|
|Current River Conditions||USGS E. Fk nr Forney, USGS E. Fk nr Crandall, USGS Trinity River nr Rosser|
|Put-ins||See featured runs below|
|Take-outs||See featured runs below|
|Highlight||You will have the river to yourself.|
Paddling Trails and Launch Site Maps
- Paddle Point Creek Paddling Trail (6.4 miles loop, lake paddling)
- East Fork, US-80 to I-20 (8 miles)
- East Fork, I-20 to Malloy Bridge Rd. (3.5 miles)
- East Fork, Malloy Bridge Rd. to US-175 (4.5 miles)
- East Fork, US-175 to Trinity Main Stem confluence (11.5 miles)
- East Fork, Trinity Main Stem confluence to SH-34 (8.5 miles)
Dallas, Collin and Rockwall County are within the Blackland Prairie Vegetational Area.
Conservation and Threats
Urbanization and increased non-point source pollution. Bacterial infections are easy to contract. Use soap and clean water, especially with open sores on hands or feet.
Rowlett Creek, Lake Lavon and Lake Ray Hubbard have Largemouth bass, White Bass, Crappie, Channel Catfish and Carp.