The views that the river provides coming out of the Lake Worth dam are unlike any other. The towering sky scrapers of downtown Fort Worth peak above the steep banks over the river, and as you paddle closer to the city they appear to come out of nowhere.
Coming from the far northern reaches of Texas, the West Fork Trinity River makes its presence known with locals as it winds through North Texas and creates several reservoirs. In two spots along the river just north of Fort Worth, dams have been erected to create Eagle Mountain Lake and Lake Worth. After leaving the Lake Worth Dam, the West Fork meanders around the looming Downtown Fort Worth, and heads east towards Dallas.
Aside from the recreation that the river has provided by supplying two large reservoirs, the West Fork Trinity River is enjoyed by fishermen and paddlers throughout the metroplex. Although its muddy waters make it look unappealing, the cool relief it provides on a hot Texas day is well worth the trip with your paddle boat.
What Makes It Great
The views that the river provides coming out of the Lake Worth dam are unlike any other. The towering sky scrapers of downtown Fort Worth peak above the steep banks over the river, and as you paddle closer to the city they appear to come out of nowhere. Trees line the bank of the northern portion while it cuts through several city parks, making the paddle towards the city a peaceful one. As you near downtown, the river winds along until it runs within a block from the city center. Views from the water down the slopes of the river bank are some of the best in the area.
Several rental outlets are available near Franklin St. where the Main Street bridge passes over the river. If you’re feeling up to it, paddle down southwest from this point, and get out at West 7th where Trinity Park is. From here you can reach several bars and restaurants that make for a good break from paddling. Heading east out of downtown, the river forges 44 more miles of waterway until it meets up with the main branch of the Trinity River. Along this way you’ll pass through neighborhoods, forests, parks, golf courses, and urban settings.
Who is Going to Love It
Families looking for a day out in the city will find this a great opportunity for some outdoor recreation. The ease of renting paddle boats directly on the waterway makes it a no brainer for the family spending a day out in the city. For those who are looking for a challenge, paddling the 44 miles from downtown Fort Worth to downtown Dallas will surely be on the list as something to achieve.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
To reach the Backwoods Paddlesports rental spot, take Belknap west from downtown Fort Worth until you reach N. Taylor Street. Taking this road north will lead you directly to the rental shop. This is a great spot to put in and enjoy the views of the city. There are several put in spots along the way, many of which can be found on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website. Most have free parking, but near the lakes you’ll find some lots that charge $5.00. Enjoy the paddling, and always wear a lifejacket!