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White Rock Lake

White Rock Lake is an urban oasis located just ten minutes from downtown Dallas, but set a world apart from the conformity of the concrete jungle that is the city. White Rock Lake has 9.5 miles of shoreline and has nine primary tributaries; the main one is White Rock Creek. It was originally constructed in 1911 as the first water reservoir for Dallas.

White Rock Lake is home to two sailing clubs and is popular with canoeist and kayak enthusiasts. Boating is allowed, but powerboat use is limited to a maximum of 10 horsepower. White Rock Lake Park was established in 1929. It features 6 playgrounds, 11 miles of trails that circle the lake, numerous historic buildings and elements that were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. There are buildings available for special events, and group picnic areas are also available for reservation. White Rock Lake features Dallas’ first dog park, which opened in 2001. There are six additional parks that are contiguous to White Rock Lake Park. They are:

  • Flagpole Hill
  • Norbuck Park
  • Lakewood Park
  • Tokalon Park
  • Lake Highlands Park
  • Dallas Arboretum

    There are 33 types of mammals that reside in White Rock Lake Park and 54 varieties of reptiles in addition to 20 kinds of amphibians. There are also over 200 species of birds that are found at the park. White Rock Lake is a prime spot for fishing, especially with bass, crappie and catfish, along with 16 other kinds of fish swimming the lake. Please note that a valid fishing license is required for all fishing. For further information on White Rock Lake Park, contact Dallas Parks and Recreation at 214.670.4100.