At only a short drive from the Waco or Dallas-Fort Worth area, Lake Whitney State Park is a wonderful place to relax and get away for the day or a weekend. Beautiful clear water, plenty of campsites, and almost endless outdoor recreation activities await you and your furry four-legged friend at this large park.
On the water, guests can fish, swim, boat, or water ski. Anglers may find largemouth, white, or striped bass, and blue catfish. The park also offers a boat ramp and a cleaning station. A fishing tournament is held in the park every year on the first Saturday in June. As with all Texas state parks, you do not need a permit to fish from the shore.
On dry land, visitors may hike, camp, watch wildlife, and geocache. The campsites range from water-only, water and electricity, or full hookups. There are also screened shelters, many that have a lake view. Lake Whitney State Park is open daily; the gate is open between 8 AM and 10 PM. Admission to the park costs $5 per day for adults. Children under 12 can enter the park for free. Reservations can be made in advance by calling the park office or by visiting the park’s website.
As with any Texas state park, dogs are allowed in most campgrounds and trails but are never allowed inside buildings. Maintain physical control of your dog at all times and keep them in a crate or on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. Be respectful of posted signs that may indicate where dogs are prohibited, and always be respectful of campground and trail rules. Bring your own waste bags and always clean up after your pet.
As with any state park or recreation area, make sure to clean up after yourself and your pet. Make sure your dog is current on all vaccinations and bring proof of current rabies vaccine. Don’t bring unvaccinated puppies, females in heat, or aggressive dogs. Near Dallas, Fort Worth, and Waco, Lake Whitney State Park is a beautiful, peaceful spot to spend your next getaway, for just a day or for a weekend trip.