Lake Whitney State Park

Coordinates: 31°55′52″N 97°21′24″W / 31.93111°N 97.35667°W / 31.93111; -97.35667
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Lake Whitney State Park
Lake Whitney
Lake Whitney State Park is located in Texas
Lake Whitney State Park
Lake Whitney State Park is located in the United States
Lake Whitney State Park
LocationHill County, Texas
Nearest cityWhitney, Texas
Coordinates31°55′52″N 97°21′24″W / 31.93111°N 97.35667°W / 31.93111; -97.35667
Area775 acres (314 ha)
Operated byTexas Parks and Wildlife Department
Visitors108,166 (in 2022)[1]

Lake Whitney State Park is a state park located in Hill County, Texas, near Whitney, Texas. The park is 775 acres (314 ha).[2]


Lake Whitney was created in 1951 when the United States Army Corps of Engineers constructed a dam on the Brazos River in order to prevent flooding in downstream communities such as Waco.[2]

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department leased 775-acres along the east shore of Lake Whitney for Lake Whitney State Park from the United States Department of the Army in 1954. The park opened in 1965.


The park offers nature programs throughout the year. The park has facilities for fishing, swimming, boating, water skiing, nature study, hiking, cycling, bird watching, and geocaching. Camping facilities include both recreational vehicle and tent sites and screened shelters. There are 2.1 miles (3.4 km) of trails in the park.[3]



Wildlife includes white-tailed deer, raccoons, squirrels, foxes, coyotes, and bobcats.

The park hosts nearly 200 species of birds. Some of the common birds are bald eagles, American white pelicans, roadrunners, great blue herons and little blue herons.[4]


The park lies on the Washita Prairie, and features both grasslands and woodlands. Some trees species are netleaf hackberry, cedar elm, post oak, and live oak.

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  1. ^ Christopher Adams. "What is the most visited state park in Texas? Here's the top 10 countdown". Retrieved November 21, 2023.
  2. ^ a b "Lake Whitney State Park History — Texas Parks & Wildlife Department". Retrieved June 12, 2021.
  3. ^ "Lake Whitney State Park — Texas Parks & Wildlife Department". Retrieved June 12, 2021.
  4. ^ "Lake Whitney State Park Nature — Texas Parks & Wildlife Department". Retrieved June 12, 2021.

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