Lake Whitney State Park

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Lake Whitney State Park

  • View of Sunset by Tree
    Get away to the lake for the day or the weekend.
  • Playing Catch by Lake
    We provide the fresh air and scenery; you make the family memories!
  • Pink Bonnets at Lake Whitney
    Explore the prairie, with its wildflowers, grasses and oak mottes.
  • Older Couple Fishing From Shore
    Try your luck fishing from shore, pier or boat in the 23,500-acre Lake Whitney.
  • Screened Shelters
    Reserve a screened shelter, cabin or campsite for your visit.
  • Sunset
    End your day in the park with a beautiful sunset!

Fishing, Family & Fun

Need to get away? Take a short road trip from DFW or Waco to the shores of Lake Whitney. You’ll find clear water, plenty of campsites, and a great place to relax with the family.

Things to Do

We offer water activities galore, from fishing and swimming to boating and skiing. On shore, you can explore our trails, see the stars, try geocaching, or set up camp. Rent our group recreation hall or camp for your next  gathering.

A wide variety of wildlife lives in the park. Watch for deer, raccoons, snakes, armadillos and opossums. Wild turkeys and bald eagles have also been sighted here.

Read our Water Safety Tips before your visit.


Fish for largemouth, striped and white bass, or bring home a prize blue catfish. Get detailed fishing and lake information for Lake Whitney.

The park has a boat ramp and a fish cleaning shelter. We also loan fishing gear for use in the park. You do not need a fishing license to fish from shore in a state park.

We hold an annual youth fishing tournament on the first Saturday in June.


Choose from campsites with water only, water and electricity, or full hookups. We also have screened shelters, many with a lake view.

Hiking and Biking

Explore our trails, or get in your steps on park roads. All trails are open to hikers and bikers.

While you are exploring, pay your respects to the Big Oak at headquarters and take in the view from Lake View Point.

Get involved

We need your help! Learn how to get involved by asking at headquarters or visiting our Volunteer page.

Support state parks by donating to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation.

Ranger Programs

We offer programs on the Nature and History of the park. Check our Events page for upcoming programs.

Connect with us on Facebook.


Become a Junior Ranger!

  • Borrow an explorer pack, loaded with tools for exploring the park.
  • Download the Lake Whitney Junior Ranger | PDF sheet. Complete tasks to earn a certificate.

Area Attractions

Lake Whitney State Park is in easy driving distance of three major cities, with museums, restaurants, shopping and more. Visit websites for Dallas, Fort Worth or Waco to learn more.

Only three miles from the park, Whitney also has shopping and restaurants.

433 FM 1244
Whitney, TX 76692

Latitude: 31.931234

Longitude: -97.356833

(254) 694-3793

Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $5 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

We often reach capacity, and recommend reservations for both camping and day use. To guarantee entry, reserve passes online or by calling the customer service center before you visit.

Busy Season

March through October


January average is 46.2 degrees. July average is 85.9 degrees. First freeze occurs late November. Last freeze occurs mid-March.

National Weather Service forecast for this area

533 to 574 feet