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Description - The 1280.7 acre Lake Whitney State Park was acquired in 1954 by a Department of the Army lease and opened in May 1965; the state has control until 2003. The park is along the east shore of Lake Whitney west of Hillsboro in Hill County, and after the changing of the lake level, totals 955 acres.

The park is located on Lake Whitney near ruins of Towash, an early Texas settlement inundated by Lake Whitney. Towash Village was named for the chief of Hainai Indians, who moved into the area in 1835.

Attractions - The Lake Whitney State Park's main attraction is its lake and the water based recreational activities related to it. The park is located in the Grand Prairie subregion of the Black land Prairie natural region. It has open disturbed tallgrass prairie remnants with scattered groves of live oak and a small area of post oak/blackjack oak woodland. In the spring, bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes, and over 40 species of wildflowers cover the roadside and landscape. Common animals include white-tailed deer, raccoons, and squirrels with fox, coyote, and bobcat occasionally being spotted. 194 species of birds have been spotted, including wild turkeys and bald eagles. The park has an outstanding wildflower display. All of the park roadsides have outstanding displays with Bluebonnets being the most prevalent. Peak wildflower blooming, in this area, typically last from mid March to mid April.

Facilities include restrooms with and without showers; picnic sites with and without shade shelters; campsites with water, with and without shade shelters; campsites (pull-through) without shade shelters, with water, electricity, and sewer; campsites (pull-through) with and without shade shelters, with water and electricity (special rates available); an airstrip (2000-foot paved runway - unlighted, unattended, left hand pattern, call traffic on 122.9 MHz); a trailer dump station; a group recreation hall with a kitchen, attic fans, central heating and air-conditioning; a group camp with a dining hall and 8 screened shelters; a Texas State Park Store; a youth group area with a large fire ring and picnic tables - no drinking water or restrooms near; a fish-cleaning facility; a launching ramp; a playground; and 2 trails of approximately 1 mile each - one for hikers only and one multi-use trail for hikers and bicyclists.

Nearby points of interest include Cleburne, Meridian, Dinosaur Valley, and Mother Neff State Parks; The Confederate Museum; Texas Ranger Hall of Fame; and Fossil Rim Exotic Wildlife Ranch.

Camping and entrance fees vary. For reservations, call 512/389-8900. Current weather conditions including fire bans and water levels can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.

Recreation - Activities include camping; hiking; mountain biking; picnicking; boating; fishing; swimming (buoyed area - no life guard on duty); scuba diving; water skiing; nature study; and excellent birding.

An annual youth fishing tournament is held on the first Saturday in June, and "aircraft fly-ins" are held at various times.

Climate - Lake Whitney State Park is located at a elevations from 533 to 574 feet. Temperatures within the park range from an January average of 46.2 degrees and a July average of 85.9 degrees. The first/last freeze are November 20/March 11. Current weather conditions can vary from day to day. For more details, call the park or Park Information at 1-800-792-1112.

Location - To reach the park from Interstate 35, take the Hillsboro exit. In Hillsboro take State Highway 22 west to Whitney; then follow the signs to Lake Whitney State Park. The park is located 3 miles west of Whitney on FM 1244 on the shore of Lake Whitney.


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Filed By: Scott Cobern (Grand Prairie, TX)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: April 25, 2003 On Lake Whitney in a boat (19' bow runner). After navigating from White Bluff Resort marina, my family and I came upon a very desperate situation. We were about 200 yards from shore between an island and Walling Bend Park on the southern end, west side of the lake. We were going about 10-15 mph and ran aground. I did not have a depth finder (I will now after repairs). There were no markers or bouys to indicate a dangerous situation. We were stuck and it took me and my son 30 minutes to extricate the boat and get turned around and free from the rock and mud. In the process we tried to flag down 2 passing boats for help and both refused. After freeing ourselves and realizing the damage to the prop/engine it took us an hour to get back to safety. This all was taking place as the sun was starting to go down. We had planned to be back to our marina well before sunset and our cell phone had unexpectedly gone dead. We were VERY desperate and would not have tried desperate measures to damage our boat. Also in this area that we were stuck in there was a sort of concrete box/frame (unidentifiable) that contributed to my damage. All of this was unmarked and unknown to us. All of the maps that I could find did not show this to be an unsafe area. It would have been helpful or at least indicate a curious/dangerous situation if I had seen some sort of bouy or marker in the area. We do not have any sort of spot-light on or boat and had planned to be back well before sundown. I have searched the internet to try and alert other boaters of this unsafe situation and there are no avenues to do this. Please, in your power do what you can to inform the public of this dangerous situation. If we were going fast we could all be dead. Thanks in advance for your action. Scott A. Cobern 4209 Scotland Dr. Grand Prairie, TX 75052 scobern@sbcglobal.net


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Contact Information:
Lake Whitney State Park, P.O. Box 1175 , Whitney, TX, 76692, Phone: 254/694-3793

Additional Information:
Prairies & Lakes - The Prairies and Lakes region covers a large portion of northeast and central Texas, including the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This region features numerous large lakes and more state parks than any other region in the state.
Texas Lakes and Reservoirs - The sites listed here range from small natural lakes to huge man-made reservoirs. These lakes and reservoirs are scattered throughout Texas.
Texas State Parks - Texas State Parks occupy more than 500,000 acres of pristine ecosystems, historical sites and facilities. The state parks, state natural areas and state historic sites are scattered throughout Texas.

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