DCURD – Frequently Asked Questions


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Is private boating, kayaking or paddle-boarding allowed on Lake Carolyn?

No – Private boating of any type is not allowed on Lake Carolyn.

Pursuant to the Rules and Regulations of Dallas County Utility and Reclamation District private boating of any kind is not allowed. This prohibition exists for the safety of the public and the integrity of the District’s flood control and raw water distribution facilities.  Lake Carolyn includes a number of safety hazards, including water intake pumps, a storm water pump station, and other dangerous structures. All Lake shorelines are connected to privately owned property which limits the ability to monitor activity on the Lake. Lastly, there is substantial risk of foreign aquatic weeds or marine life being introduced into the Lake and harming the Lake’s eco-system.

Gondola Adventures Inc. and StandUp Paddle North Texas have licensed rental operations on the Lake and those companies are the only persons authorized for boating activities on the Lake. You can contact them to find out more information at:

1-855-GONDOLA – www.gondola.com   or

1-972-567-7871      – www.supntx.com

Is fishing allowed on Lake Carolyn?

No – Fishing is not allowed on Lake Carolyn or any waterway within the Las Colinas Development.

Are there alternatives for kayaking or fishing?

The Elm Fork of the Trinity River is located just to the east of the Las Colinas Urban Center.

Is swimming allowed in Lake Carolyn?

No – Swimming is not allowed on Lake Carolyn or any waterway within the Las Colinas Development. The only exception is for participants in authorized swim events such as the annual PlayTri triathlon.

How is the water quality of Lake Carolyn?

The water quality of Lake Carolyn is routinely tested by the Trinity River Authority and is considered safe for recreational contact, similar to other lakes in the DFW Metroplex area.