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Trinity River, photo by TRPA member Richard Grayson

Trinity River, East Fork


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

Quick Info

LengthOne lake paddling trail loop of 6.4 miles and 5 runs of 3.5 to 11.5 miles
Class (I-VI)I
Minimum Flow100 cfs
Ideal Flow200 cfs
Maximum Flow2,000 cfs
Current River ConditionsUSGS E. Fk nr Forney, USGS E. Fk nr Crandall, USGS Trinity River nr Rosser
Put-insSee featured runs below
Take-outsSee featured runs below
BoatsCanoes, Kayaks
SeasonYear around
HighlightYou will have the river to yourself.

Paddling Trails and Launch Site Maps

Natural Features

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.

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