Lake Whitney State Recreation Area

By: Karen Yancy

Type: General Entry

Published: 1976

Updated: March 1, 1995

Lake Whitney State Recreation Area is located on Farm Road 1244 thirty-five miles north of Waco and four miles southwest of Whitney in western Hill County. This 1,315-acre recreation area is on the southeast shoreline of Lake Whitney, a reservoir impounded in 1954, the year the park opened. It is in the geologic region called the Grand Prairie and is near the Eastern Cross Timbers. Adjacent to Lake Whitney State Recreation Area are the inundated ruins of Towash, an early Texas settlement commemorated by a marker in the park. Live oak, post oak, cedar, cottonwood, and hackberry trees can be found in the park, as can with skunks, deer, raccoons, opossums, rabbits, armadillos, foxes, and a wide variety of birds. Park facilities include a landing strip, camping grounds, and picnic areas. Recreational activities include hiking, swimming, fishing, bird-watching, and water skiing.

Dallas Morning News, February 18, 1973. Lake Whitney State Recreation Area (brochure, Austin: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 1984).

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Karen Yancy, “Lake Whitney State Recreation Area,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 25, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

March 1, 1995