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Posted on: November 6, 2020

Irving Expanding its Water Recreation Activities


Grab the paddles and head to Irving’s canoe launch at the Birds Fort Trail Park, 5756 Riverside Drive. The canoe launch has been open for about a year and provides access to the Trinity River Paddling Trail in Irving.

Like the Campion Trail, the Trinity River Paddling Trail connects nine cities – Arlington, Carrollton, Coppell, Dallas, Farmer's Branch, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Irving and Lewisville  – along the Trinity River. In fact, canoe enthusiasts and paddlers can view Irving’s Campion Trail while on the water. 

The 130-mile water trail currently has 21 launch sites, including one in Irving. Next year, the City of Irving plans to add another canoe launch at Trinity View Park, 2221 E. Highway 356, bringing the launch site total to 22. 

In 2018, the Trinity Coalition integrated the nine cities and their launch sites to create one single paddling trail, Trinity River Paddling Trail. As a result of the group’s efforts, The National Park Service bestowed the 130-mile span a National Recreation Trail designation along with 29 other trails across the United States in late October.  

River visitors can view paddling updates, water levels, trail hazards and an interactive map online at Trinity Coalition.

River Safety Precautions

Whether in a kayak, canoe or stand up paddleboard, visitors are able to follow the 6 feet of social distancing when paddling, according to the Trinity Coalition. Gov. Abbott’s minimum health protocols for bodies of water, like rivers, say visitors should not be a group larger than 10 individuals. Additional state health protocols include:

  • Minimize in-person contact with others who are not members of the same household.
  • Maintain a 6 feet of social distance on land, too.
  • Avoid sharing any equipment.
  • Clean and sanitize hands and equipment before and after visiting the river.

The Trinity Coalition also recommends river visitors follow the below safety protocols.

  • Notify someone of your paddling plans, such as where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Bring safety equipment including a life jacket, whistle, water and snacks, as well as a cellphone in a waterproof container.
  • Avoid traveling in dangerous waters. Check water levels and view dangerous areas along the trail route.

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