Take a hike at Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area

If a quieter day at the lake spent connecting to nature is your idea of a grand summer day, look no further than Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area.

This nature preserve offers a taste of fresh air right in the middle of the bustling city of Lewisville, home to more than 6.7 million people.

Lake Lewisville, impounded in 1954, sits on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River in Denton County near Lewisville with a surface area of 29, 532 acres with a maximum depth of 67 feet.

Two thousand acres were set aside during the creation of the lake dam for flood control and sparred from development. However, it was not saved from other land use, including ranching and farming.

During the early 1990s, a partnership between the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the University of North Texas, the City of Lewisville, Lewisville Independent School District, the University of Texas in Arlington and the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension recognized the potential of the land and an opportunity to preserve the acreage in the midst of the ever-growing Dallas Fort Worth metropolitan area.

In 2014, the city, UNT and Lewisville ISD began a new organization structure with the approval of the army corps to carry the learning area to the future. The group helped turn this land into a 2,000-acre classroom, restoring it to a functioning ecosystem while offering educational opportunities with a vision to “Heal the land and restore the bond between people and nature, ensuring the preservation of our natural heritage for the future.”

The land preserve is a unique convergence of Blackland Prairie, Eastern Cross Timbers forest and wetlands that more than 360 vertebrate species and 500 plant species call home.

LLELA offers more than enough activities to keep visitors busy all day long that are compatible with the mandate to preserve and protect the ecosystem of the area.

To read the full story, pick up the July/August issue of LiveIt magazine.