Lake Whitney State Park Information:
This 955 acre park was acquired in 1954 through a U.S. Department of the Army lease. The park is located on a peninsula on the eastern shore of the lake in the Washita Prairie, the eastern edge of the greater Grand Prairie. The landscape features gently rolling grasslands and small hills. Habitat consists of tallgrass prairie, groves of live oak trees, and a small area of post oak/blackjack oak woodland. During the spring, over 40 species of wildflowers bloom in the park. Animal species include white-tailed deer, raccoons, fox, coyote, squirrels, and the occasional bobcat. 194 species of birds have been sighted including bald eagles and wild turkey. Activities include mountain biking, swimming, camping, fishing, sailing, boating, and water sports, including scuba diving. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more information read the Park Brochure, and watch the Park Video. The park is located near the ruins of Towash, an early Texas settlement that was inundated by Lake Whitney.From IH-35, take the Hillsboro exit. Take SH 22 west to Whitney, and then follow the signs to the park.
Lake Whitney State Park Airport:
The airstrip consists of a 50 foot by 2000 linear foot paved landing strip and a 50 foot by 3200 linear foot taxi way. The runway is unlighted, unattended, and features a left hand pattern. Primitive campsites are available in the plane tie down area so flyers can sleep under their planes. The airport is located three nautical miles southwest of Whitney, Texas. (254) 694-3793.
Lake Whitney Information:
The 23,500 surface acre Whitney Lake is located on the Brazos and Nolan Rivers off SH 22, 3 miles west of Whitney, Texas. The lake was impounded in 1951. It is 45 miles long, 4 miles wide at its widest point, has a maximum depth of 108 feet, and has 225 miles of shoreline. Prior to the lake impoundment, 24 acres of land were purchased to create the Whitney Memorial Park Cemetery. 1,260 graves and their markers from pioneer cemeteries located in Hill and Bosque Counties were moved to the new cemetery where they would be protected from the lake impoundment. The cemetery is located on SH 22, approximately 0.3 miles east of FM 933. The ruins from the Kimball Bend School are located near the lake. Lake amenities include a number of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers parks, Lake Whitney State Park, county parks, marinas, restaurants, and a scuba diving area.Lake Volunteer positions are available. The Whitney Lake dam is located approximately 5.5 miles southwest of Whitney at Laguna Park, Texas. The FM 1713 Bridge crosses the lake west of Whitney.Lakeside towns includeWhitney, Kopperl, Laguna Park, Lakeside Village, Bee Mountain, Rio Vista, Texas.
Lake Whitney Location Map
Current Lake Whitney Lake Level
Lake Whitney Facilities Map
Lake Whitney TPWD Public Access Facilities Map
The Brazos River rises at the confluence of its Salt Fork and Double Mountain Fork near the eastern boundary of Stonewall County in the Texas Panhandle Plains Region. It flows 840 miles across Texas to its mouth on the Gulf of Mexico, two miles south of Freeport in Brazoria County. The two forks rise 150 miles above the confluence, thus forming a continuous 1,050 mile long watershed, making it the longest river in Texas. The Brazos has seven principal tributaries, including the Salt and Double Mountain forks. The others are the Clear Fork, the Bosque and Little rivers, Yegua Creek, and the Navasota River which joins the Brazos River six miles southwest of Navasota in southwestern Grimes County. In addition, there are fifteen sub tributaries within the watershed, the most important being the Leon River, a tributary of the Little River. Although the Brazos was well known to Spanish explorers and missionaries who described the Indians located along its banks, the first permanent settlements on the river were made by Anglo-Americans. John McFarland, one of the Old Three Hundred, founded San Felipe de Austin at the Atascosito Crossing of the Brazos. The town became the colonial capital of Texas. Velasco, the site of the first colonial resistance to Mexican authority, is located on the River as are Columbia and Washington-on-the-Brazos, two of the first seats of government of the Republic of Texas. Originally, the Brazos was navigable for 250 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to the town of Washington. It was an important waterway before the Civil War, and efforts to improve it for navigation continued until the early twentieth century. Important cities in the Brazos watershed are Lubbock, Graham, Waco, Temple, Belton, Freeport and Galveston. Houston abuts the region along the Fort Bend and Brazoria County lines. The most important lakes on the Brazos River are Possum Kingdom Lake and Lake Whitney.
Fish Stocking History
Brazos River Canoeing Map below Lake Granbury
The Nolan River rises in Johnson County just northwest of Cleburne and then flows in a generally southeastern direction to its confluence with the Brazos River on the headwaters of Lake Whitney in Hill County. Above Lake Pat Cleburne, which is located on U.S. Highway 67 just west of the City of Cleburne, the river is a narrow, tree-lined, slow-moving stream that is popular with anglers. Below Lake Whitney the Nolan River takes on a different character as it flows through limestone bluffs and ledges on a hard-packed clay and gravel bottom. The river banks are heavily vegetated with numerous species of large trees that hide the fact that just beyond the tree line is open farm land. Most adjacent property is privately owned, and trespassing without prior permission should be avoided. Fishing is excellent below the lake, with white and sand bass being the most popular species; gar and catfish are also found. The river is also home to great blue herons, snowy egrets and many other bird species.
Lake Whitney State Park Directions:
From IH-35, take the Hillsboro exit. Take SH 22 west to Whitney, and then follow the signs to the park.