Praries & Lakes
2010 Census - 1,276
2000 Census - 550
Laguna Park, Texas
Laguna Park Texas History:
Following the 1951 impounding of Lake Whitney, the community of Laguna Park developed as a recreation area. A post office and businesses serving the surrounding agricultural community and lake visitors were established. Laguna Park is located on the west side of the Lake Whitney Dam on the south shore of the lake at the intersection of SH 22 and FM 56, approximately 8 miles southwest of Whitney, 20 miles southwest of Hillsboro, and 27 miles northwest of Waco, Texas.
Laguna Park Library, Media Center and Activity Center:
This library functions as the City of Laguna Park activity center and event planner, and provides traditional library services. Activities include bridge, dominoes, arts and crafts, oil painting lessons, handwork lessons and more. Residents may request a skill lesson and the library will try to find a teacher. They also host the annual events listed at the bottom of this page. Open Tue-Fri, 11:30am-6pm; Sat, 9am-1pm. (254) 622-2665. The library is located at 356 SH 22, just west of the Whitney Dam.
Sydell Riverplace Pottery:
They create and sell stoneware and porcelain angels, majolica crosses, bowls and plates and other items. (254) 622-8364. 356 SH 22. From IH-35 take FM 2114 west 12 miles. The driveway is on the right just past the Brazos River Bridge.  Email   
Red Caboose Winery:
The winery has tasting rooms in Meridian and Clifton. The Meridian tasting room is open Fri-Sat, 10am-5pm. (254) 435-9911. They are located at 1147 CR 1110. From Hamilton, take SH 22 to Meridian. Turn left on SH 22/174 and drive through town and out of town to CR 1110. Go right on CR 1110 and drive 1.2 miles; turn right through the green gate into the ranch. Drive to the winery; there will be a red mailbox on the left side of the road and a green gate on the right.  Email 
Way Out Wineries Road Trips
Way Out Wineries of Texas is a group of wineries located between the north portion of the Texas Hill Country and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The three day Way Out Wineries Road Trips include visits to 11 wineries. Visitors may visit the wineries in the order of their choosing. All participating wineries are open the same hours during these road trips, and offer wine tastings, a food and wine pairing, and a gift. Member wineries are Alamosa Wine Cellars, Barking Rocks Winery, Bluff Dale Vineyards, Brennan Vineyards, Rising Star Vineyards (in Rising Star and Richland Springs), Pillar Bluff Vineyards, Fiesta Winery, Sunset Winery, Lost Oak, Wedding Oak Winery, and Texas Legato Winery. Road trip hours are Fri-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sunday, Noon to 5pm. Click on the above link for a map.  (325) 356-9100. PO Box 399, Comanche, TX 76442.  Email   Facebook
Annual Chocolate Festival, Saturday before Valentine’s Day, Feb:
A chocolate fountain, chocolate covered strawberries and even chocolate chili are on the menu. This event is sponsored by, and held from 10am-2pm at the Laguna Park Library. (254) 622-2665. The library is located at 356 SH 22, just west of the Whitney Dam. Email
Annual Rattlesnake Roundup & BBQ Cook-Off, Early March, Walnut Springs, TX:
Activities include the Rattlesnake roundup, a Lonestar sanctioned Charles Olson BBQ cook-off, hourly snake shows in the snake den, food vendors, merchandise vendors, children’s entertainment, karaoke, and the Saturday night “Snake Dance” to live music. All proceeds benefit the Walnut Youth Business for Youth in Agriculture. This event is held in downtown Walnut Springs behind the post office at 4105 3rd Street. For more information call the Walnut Springs city hall at (254) 797-3721. Walnut Springs is located at the intersections of SH 144, FM 927 and FM 203, 28.8 miles slightly southeast of Granbury, 12 miles south of Glen Rose, 29 miles northwest of Laguna Park, 23 miles northwest of Clifton, 11 miles northwest of Meridian, 19.8 miles northeast of Hico, and 33.7 miles southeast of Stephenville, Texas.  Email  Walnut Springs Map; Click to Enlarge  Walnut Springs Area Map 
Annual Bosque County Wide Garage Sale, April:
This event features over 100 individual garage sales. A list of local sales is available from Bosque County convenience stores or by email or online. Some sales are open on Friday, and others just on Saturday. This event is hosted by the Bosque County Texas AgriLife Extension Service. (254) 435-2331.
Annual Monarch Butterfly Nature Festival in Whitney, Last Saturday in April:
The nature area is located at Cherokee Village Resort on Lake Whitney. The nature area consists of grounds landscaped in native vegetation that attracts and sustains native wildlife. Food and water stations are available for wildlife. The butterfly festival is held the last Saturday in April from 10am-4pm. Activities include BBQ, artists booths, nature displays, a kid’s scavenger hunt, free wildflowers, a youth art contest, door prize drawings and live entertainment. Open 10am-4pm. (254-694-2564. 220 Deep Canyon Drive, Whitney.  Email
Annual Bosque Tour de Norway Bike Rally, May:
Bikers may ride the 20, 40 or 80 mile loop. Rides begin at the Clifton High School. Rest stops are located every 10 miles. (254) 675-3720. (800) 344-3720.  
Annual Summer Fun Days, Tuesdays in July:
These for events feature fun things to do for children entering 3rd through 6th grade. The registration fee is $15 for all four days, and is limited to the first 20 students who sign up. These events are held on Tuesdays from 8am-12pm.  (254) 435-2331.
Annual Texas’ Largest Fish Fry, Saturday Prior to Labor Day:
This 40 plus year old event is hosted by the West Shore Volunteer Fire Department. Thousands of pounds of fish, fries and other sides are served to over 2000 visitors. The event is held at the fire hall on Shores Acres in Laguna Park, west of the Whitney Dam. (254) 622-8310. (254) 622-3283.
Bunkhouse BBQ, Clifton, TX:
This popular restaurant serves very good BBQ. (254) 675-8409. 1003 South Avenue G.  Reviews
Johnny’s Place, Clifton, TX:
They serve a good hamburger and a good buffet. (254) 675-2001. 502 S. Avenue G.  Reviews
Cactus Grill, Meridian, TX:
They serve very good food. (254) 435-6062. 120 Main Street.  Reviews   
Ed Jardin, Meridian, TX:
(254) 435-8848. 108 Morgan Street.  Reviews  
Zapata Mexican Restaurant, Meridian, TX:
They serve very good breakfast burritos. (254) 435-9977. 514 West Morgan Street.  Reviews
Horny Toad Bar & Grill in Cranfills Gap, TX:
They were voted “"The Best Hamburger worth Driving 50 miles for” by Ride Texas Magazine. They sometimes offer live music. A potbellied stove warms visitors during cold days. The restaurant is owned by locals Owen and Sandi Carson. Open Wed-Thu, 11am-2pm and 5pm-10pm; Fri, 11am-2pm and 5pm-midnight; Sat, 11am-1am; Sun, noon-6pm; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. (254) 597-1100. 319 3rd Street, Cranfills Gap. Cranfills Gap is located at the intersection of SH 22 and FM 219, 14.7 miles southwest of Meridian, 19 miles west of Clifton, 18.8 miles northeast of Hamilton, and 22 miles southeast of Hico, Texas.   Reviews   Cranfills Gap Map; Click to Enlarge   Cranfills Gap Area Map
Texas Great Country Cafe and Pie Pantry, Near Whitney, TX:
They serve country cooking including breakfast, chicken fried steak and great pies. (254) 694-3608. 903 South Bosque Street.  Reviews