Lake Whitney is in North Central Texas and conveniently
located about twenty miles west of Hillsboro and the
I-35 Corridor (the "I-35 Corridor" includes Oklahoma
City, Dallas, Fort Worth,
Waco, Austin, and San Antonio).
Lake Whitney has a maximum depth
of 108 feet, a surface area of more than 23,500 acres,
and a shoreline of approximately 225 miles.
The reservoir was impounded in 1951. It's part of the
Brazos River basin and sits downstream from
Possum Kingdom and
Lake Granbury. Lake Whitney is primarly used for flood
control, but also for hydroelectric power and
recreation. Lake levels fluctuate during the year. The normal pool level
is 533'. Refer to the Brazos River Authority to learn
more about the
water supply system.
The controlling authority of this
reservoir is the USACE. Lake Whitney is located in the
Ft. Worth District. For a list of all lakes and
reservoirs in this district, refer to the
local project office is located at the Whitney Dam.
From FM933 in Whitney, follow SH22 across the dam to
Laguna Park. Immediately after crossing the dam, take
your first left. Watch for the sign.
THINGS TO KNOW (RULES &
Federal regulations - Title 36
In addition to state rules and
regulations about boating, fishing, and hunting,
visitors to Lake Whitney are bound by USACE federal
regulations governing public use of corps resource
projects. View the
Title 36 Rules & Regulations. It addresses
fireworks, firearms, weapons, litter, trash, wildlife, vegetation, trees,
fossils, noise, mooring boats, and more.
Note: Title 36 applies to all visitors,
invited guests, dockage and storage licensees, and registered
guests staying at Lake Whitney Marina @ Juniper Cove. View
Boaters are responsible for
any injury or damage caused by their wake. A complete list of boating rules and
regulations are posted online at the TPWD website. Watch
for NO WAKE buoys along the lakefront. No wake areas at
the marina include boat ramps, boat docks, gasoline
pumps, and adjacent coves where marina docks are
present. Refer to the
US Aids to Navigation System to learn more about the
Clean Water Act
Lake Whitney and other inland lakes in the
state are in "No discharge areas." This means
discharging treated or untreated sewage from any vessel is
prohibited by law.
Vessel sewage is regulated under the
Clean Water Act,
which is the primary federal law governing water
pollution. "Sewage" is defined as "human body wastes and
the waste from toilets and other receptacles intended to
receive or retain body wastes."
Boaters should use restrooms on land
and also schedule regular visits to
TCEQ-certified pumpout stations
on the lake. Lake Whitney Marina @ Juniper Cove has a
certified pumpout station.
Before using one of the stations, make sure your Clean Water Vessel
certification decal is clearly displayed on your boat hull
your TPWD registration decal and TX numbers) and that the
dates on the decal are valid. Learn more about the
certification decal, who is required to have one, costs, and how to order one
by visiting the
Fishing & hunting licenses
Licenses are required to fish
and hunt at Lake Whitney. Buy a license
online or visit one of these
retailers in Whitney, TX (76692).
Visit the state and national
websites below to learn
about the types of invasive species, view images of
them, and what steps you can take when boating and fishing to
help stop the spread of them:
Regarding zebra mussels, read this TPWD new release from 2016, "Clean,
drain, and dry your boat".
As of June 2020, there have not been any reports of
zebra mussels at Lake Whitney. View a map of
lakes in Texas known to have zebra mussels.
Government land and lake access
The land around Lake Whitney
is owned by the government. Private property around the
reservoir that is "waterfront" or "lakefront" is not
physically on the water and does not have direct access. Lake Whitney Marina @
Juniper Cove sits on sixty acres and two miles of shoreline
of government land. We have direct access to the lake via
two boat ramps.
property adjacent to government land is subject to
both federal rules and regulations (see Title 36) and the
local shoreline management plan (SMP). For instance, per the
local SMP, mooring buoys
are not permitted on Lake Whitney.