Whitney Lake

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Whitney Lake


(254) 622-3332


Things To Do


Whitney Lake is located on the main stem of the Brazos River. The Whitney Lake Dam and Powerhouse are located approximately 5.5 miles southwest of Whitney, Texas, 30 miles north of Waco, Texas, and 65 miles southwest of Fort Worth, Texas. Whitney Lake is part of the Three Rivers Region in the Fort Worth District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Whitney Lake was originally authorized by Congress in 1941. However, when the U.S. became involved in World War II, the funding was taken away because all resources were needed for the war effort. The construction was authorized again in the Flood Control Act of 1944. The primary purpose of the lake was (and is) flood control. Other purposes of the lake include water conservation and the production of hydroelectric power. Construction began on the dam in May 1947 and was completed in December 1951. Construction of the powerhouse began in April 1951 and was completed in June 1953. Over 2 million people visit Whitney Lake each year to enjoy camping, fishing, boating, water skiing, hunting and other recreational activities.

See the reconstructed Fort Graham, traces of the Old Chisholm Trail, and the dinosaur tracks at nearby Glen Rose. From Whitney, 5 mi SW on TX 22.

Map of Whitney Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 31.954506, -97.415744



  • Boating

    Please call the primary phone number for more information.

  • Camping

    There are six campgrounds at Whitney Lake. Campgrounds range in size from 35-70 campsites. Amenities include campsites with electric and water hookups, primitive campsites, restrooms, showers, boat ramps. and dump stations.

  • Fishing

    Popular sports fish at Whitney Lake include smallmouth bass, stripped bass, crappie, blue catfish, and flathead (yellow) catfish.

  • Hiking

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  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed for dove, squirrel, rabbit, waterfowl, turkey, feral hog, and deer. Deer hunting is by archery only. Other game may be hunted with a shotgun, but no shot larger than #2 may be used or carried. Sport chasing is prohibited. Tree stands are restricted to portable non-bark penetrating stands only and must be removed after each day's hunt. The first 14 days in November are designated for a special white-tailed deer hunting event that will be held for physically challenged hunters at Steiner Valley (H6). Beginning November 15, the area is open to the public. All persons seeking a hunting permit for Whitney and Aquilla Lakes should contact the Whitney Lake office for permit instructions.

  • Picnicking

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  • RVing

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  • Water Sports

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Phone Numbers


(254) 622-3332

Campground reservations

(877) 444-6777