Trinity River

Chambers County, Texas.

Trinity River midpoint in Centerville, Texas.

Trinity River ends in Wallisville, Texas.

3 feet (1 meters)

474.17 miles long (763.10 kilometers)

14021274.97 miles (22565061.73 sq kilometers)

About The Trinity River

About Trinity River, TX

The Trinity River is a 423-mile long river that flows from the confluence of the Elm and West forks to the coast, thus making it the longest river with an entire watershed within Texas. The river rises in three principal branches which are the East Fork, the Elm Fork, and the West Fork. 

The East Fork of the river rises in central Grayson County. It then flows south seventy-eight miles through central Collin, western Rockwall, eastern Dallas, and western Kaufman counties. It then flows to the southwestern part of Kaufman County until it joins the West Fork. 

The Elm Fork of the river rises in eastern Montague County. Then, it flows eight-five miles southeast through Cooke and Denton counties. Finally, it reaches a confluence with the West Fork. It then forms the Trinity River proper, which is a mile west of downtown Dallas.

The West Fork of the river rises in southern Archer County and flows 180 miles southeast through Jack, Wise, Tarrant, and Dallas counties. It then goes to the county line between Ellis and Kaufman counties. It then joins the East Fork. 

Trinity River has a fourth headstream which is shorter and smaller compared to the principal branches. This is its headstream, also known as Clear Fork. It rises in northwestern Parker County and flows southeast - then, it traverses forty-five miles to join the West Fork.

Trinity River Fishing Description

All About Fishing in Trinity River, TX

The Trinity River is home to some of the most breathtaking and spectacular scenery in all of Texas. The 10,000 acres surrounding the Trinity River showcases a diverse ecosystem along the river corridor. It has ecological regions such as natural and seasonal wetlands, emerging Blackland Prairie grasslands, Cross Timbers forestland, and marsh-like habitats that serve as a home for wildlife and birds. From beavers to hawks, to alligators, the river has been a place for them to breed and migrate to.

As diverse as its land and air inhabitants, Trinity River is also a home to different species of fish like American gizzard shad, Atlantic needlefish, black crappie, white bass, bluegill, channel catfish, Blue Catfish, flathead grey mullet, and steelhead. Another species of fish present in Trinity River is the alligator gar. These “river monsters” grow up to seven feet and weigh around 200 pounds making it an angler’s most sought-after catch.  

Aside from the scenic view of the Fort Worth Trinity River, it is also another fishing location regularly stocked by Texas Parks and Wildlife. This part of the river is home to a small number of wild trout and a good number of artificially stocked