Greenbelt Corridor - Flat Water Paddling

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In the far northern reaches of the DFW metroplex there is a park in the Ray Roberts Lake State Park complex called the Greenbelt Corridor. This corridor runs from the southern end of Ray Roberts Lake, all the way to the headwaters of Lake Lewisville.

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Aaron Stavinoha

Distance

39.0 miles

The entire Greenbelt Corridor runs 39 miles.

Destination Distance From Downtown

41.8 miles

Difficulty

1 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 days

A few hours to a few days.

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Fees Permits

Yes

The cost to park/enter is $7.00 at the Ray Roberts entrance, and $5.00 at the other two.

Land Website

Greenbelt Corridor

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Intro

In the far northern reaches of the DFW metroplex there is a park in the Ray Roberts Lake State Park complex called the Greenbelt Corridor. This corridor runs from the southern end of Ray Roberts Lake, all the way to the headwaters of Lake Lewisville. Comprised of approximately 10 miles of hiking trails, 12 miles of equestrian trails, and many more miles of river – this area has something to offer everyone.

What Makes It Great

There are three parking lots to choose from spanning the entire length of the Corridor for put-in and take-out points. From North to South the first one is at FM455 near the Ray Roberts Dam, FM 428 in the middle section, and US 380 at its southern edge. Because it’s most easily reached, the southern entrance to the Corridor is the most frequented. While the river flows North to South, its slow enough that even the beginner paddler can go upstream if they choose to put-in there.  

The first thing you will notice when dropping into the Elm Fork Trinity River in the Greenbelt is the remoteness of the area. Situated between the medium sized funky City of Denton, and the small sleepy Town of Sanger, the Greenbelt Corridor runs north and south through farm and prairie land - not inhabited by much more than cows and birds. This provides for a serene environment to paddle in, no matter what vessel you choose to implore.

The length of the river through the Corridor is mostly shaded, providing a welcome relief from the hot Texas summer. During the early mornings and early evenings Alligator Garr can be seen jumping out of the water, hoping to catch an unsuspecting bug. The fishing here can be rewarding, as the banks are steep and provide excellent bedding for Bass and Catfish. If you’re looking for a long day of paddling, start from the northern entrance and paddle South of the US 380 put-in. You’ll eventually reach Lake Lewisville, and log over 15 miles of paddling.

Who is Going to Love It

With its slow current and broad twists and turns, the Elm Fork Trinity River is fit for all types and skill levels of paddlers. Families will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere with their kids should they choose to come canoe or kayak. Fishermen and overnight adventurers will also have something to paddle after, with many spots to pull off the water to camp or sit and try their luck at angling.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

The Northern entrance can be reached by taking I-35 North into Sanger and exiting Chapman Rd (FM 455). Head East and the road will run into the parking area by the dam.  The mid entrance can be reached by taking FM 428 North off of Loop 288 in Denton. From the southern end of Loop 288 in Denton, head East on US 380 to reach the southern and most often used entrance.

The cost to park/enter is $7.00 at the Ray Roberts entrance, and $5.00 at the other two.

Location

Greenbelt Corridor

33.362765, -97.016783

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