Each Summer people flock to Lake Whitney for the clear, cool water of the Brazos River! Whether you’re looking to fish, boat or camp on the lake, there is something for everyone! The Army Corp of Engineers operates 10 parks on the lake, and each one is unique! Check out my guide for finding the best park for you!
Lake Whitney is known for it’s tall limestone cliffs, and while jumping into the cool water below is fun, it’s not actually allowed by the ACOE, and it can be dangerous, and shallow water and unseen objects can be present! Much of the land above the water is private property, also! Be safe.
The Army COE parks sells a $30 annual pass, good at all COE parks around the country. National Park Passes (aka America the Beautiful passes) are also good at all COE parks. 4th graders receive a FREE National Parks Pass.
Lake Whitney is a deep lake with many sudden drop-offs. Young and weak swimmers should always wear a life jacket.
Cedar Creek Park, Whitney This FREE park on the East side of the lake offers camping, a boat ramp and day use.
Cedron Creek Park, Whitney Located on the West side of the lake just across the bridge from McKown park, Cedron has an attended gate with a $3 day use fee. The park has camping and a boat ramp. The rocky swim beach is nice for keeping cool! At any of the parks, you’re likely to see plenty of deer and wild turkey, but the seems to be more on the West side.
Kimball Bend Park, Kopperl Located on a wide section of the Brazos River as it flows into the lake, this is a great park for fishing. The historic Chisholm Trail, once one of the largest of the cattle drive trails, passes through the park and there are several historic structures in the park, with historical markers.
Lofers Bend Park, Whitney A large park near the dam, it’s a nice location for camping during the cooler months. Located on the East side of the lake, across from Soldiers Bluff Park. It’s also a good place to go bike riding on the park roads.
McCown Valley Park, Whitney Another big park on the East side of the lake, they have 54 campsites and a swim beach. There are also plenty of deer and wild turkey in the park.
Plowman Creek Park, Kopperl This is a nice park for backpackers, mountain bikers and equestrians with access to the very primitive (and overgrown) 12.5 mile Hopewell Trail. The park is located about half way along the trail.
Riverside, Whitney There’s not much of a park but there is access to the river below the dam. Be on alert for warnings when water will be released from the dam.
Soldiers Bluff, Whitney The park is currently closed due to Covid Small park with only 14 campsites next to the dam. Near a set of nice cliffs, which are used for rock bouldering. The land atop the cliffs is private property and completely off limits!
Steele Creek Park, Morgan A remote and FREE park on the West side of the lake, in a shallower area that is good for fishing.
Walling Bend Park, Clifton The Cliffs Area is Currently Closed Due to Covid One of my favorites of the parks, located on the rocky west side, it has a nice rocky beach for swimming, and cliffs. There is camping in the park.
More Things To Do Near Lake Whitney
Harbor Resort and Rentals has boats for rent.
Uncle Gus Marina has boat rentals and fishing guides.
The Bosque Resort has a fun waterpark (closed for 2020 season) and beautiful event center, Parson’s Castle. It’s easy to spot, as it’s the only castle on the lake.
The Texas Great Country Cafe in Whitney offers great chicken fried steak and homemade pies.
Check out Cabins on Lake Whitney for a waterfront cabin.
U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Lake Whitney
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