Beautiful Lake Whitney State Park in Texas is popular for a reason. As the name suggests, the huge Lake Whitney is the highlight of the park, offering plenty of water-related recreational activities and beautiful views. A wide variety of wildlife calls the land around the lake their home, making it a great spot for nature lovers. Search for an RV in Hill County and come and see what all the fuss is about.
The lake itself is a flood control reservoir, which is on the main part of the Brazos River in Texas, completed in April 1952. Its proximity to Dallas means that many Texans can enjoy the park throughout the year, as well as others from further afield. The landscape around the lake is made up primarily of rolling tallgrass prairies, rock points, bluffs, cedar trees, and hardwood timber.
When it comes to activities in the state park, the lake is the central attraction. Most of the recreational activities available are water-based and include fishing, boating, and swimming. It is the lake that draws most people to make use of the campgrounds in Lake Whitney State Park.
The beautiful water and scenic surroundings make Lake Whitney one of the most beautiful places to go boating in Texas, and there are plenty of options available. You could fly across the water on a jet ski, relax and take in the views on a sailboat or find secluded coves and beaches in a kayak or canoe. The lake is huge, so there is enough room for everyone to enjoy all sorts of boating activities and has more than 20 private and public boat ramps and a number of marinas to make boating easy. The marinas also offer boat rentals if you don't have one of your own or your RV rental is not big enough.
As such a big body of water, it is not surprising that fishing is also popular on the lake. Make sure you bring your rod and your tackle box as it has an abundance of largemouth white and striped bass. Other fish include crappie, sunfish, and catfish. As well as fishing from the marinas, fishing from a boat is another option, and many people also take advantage of the on-site fish cleaning station. Visitors are even able to hire a local guide who will supply all the gear and also show you where all the best fish are.
Events take place in the park throughout the year, bit one of the most unique is the Star Party, which takes place after dark. Due to the lack of light pollution, it is the perfect place to see the night sky in all its glory. Take a look at the moon and stars through a powerful telescope and learn a little more about space. Many people just come with a picnic blanket and relax before heading back to the state park RV campgrounds.
Camping at Lake Whitney State Park
The state park offers up to 100 sites for camping, which is located at the back of the park, close to a quaint cove. From here you may be able to catch some attractive glimpses of the lake between the trees. There is plenty of shade in this area of the park, making RV camping at Lake Whitney State Park comfortable and relaxing.
Depending on your needs, the sites come with varying levels of amenities, from just water to those with water and electricity (50 amp), and those with water, electricity and sewer hook-up. There are even a few primitive sites for those that like camping a little more on the wild side.
Exploring the Area
The nearest big town to Lake Whitney State Park is Hillsboro in which there are plenty of eateries and shops. The town also has a few interesting attractions such as the Texas Heritage Museum. It is here you'll be able to learn more about the experience of Texans during times of war. The museum is newly remodeled, therefore contains state of the art theater that highlights the museum's exhibits.
The Hill County Cell Block Museum is also located in Hillsboro, housed in a building that once housed the county jail until 1983. The building is now registered on the National Register of Historic Places. For a museum with a bit of a difference, the nearby town of Waco is home to the Doctor Pepper Museum, which showcases the creation of this world-famous soft drink. There are lots of activities for the kids to get involved in, so it is a good stop for all the family, and is a good place to pick up a Waco camper rental.
Waco is also home to the Cameron Park Zoo, a must for all animal lovers. Get up close and personal with lions and tigers, and make friends with some of the smaller creatures. It is not a huge zoo, but a perfect way to spend a few hours as you stroll from habitat to habitat.