Unspoiled natural beauty, an abundance of recreational activities, and a convenient location near several major cities is part of what makes Lake Whitney a top Texas destination for those who want to get away. In fact, Lake Whitney is the official Getaway Capital of Texas. Does the reality match the name? Sit on a grassy ridge overlooking the lake as you bask in the warm sun perched in a clear blue sky and you’ll come away with only one answer.
The jewel of both Bosque and Hill Counties, Lake Whitney covers 35 square miles with its crystal-clear water, providing a cherished destination for boaters, fishermen, and water sports lovers of all kinds. The lake’s 225 miles of shoreline and acres of adjacent parkland offer ideal settings for swimming, picnicking, wildlife viewing, golfing, camping, horseback riding, and more. Its location just 90 minutes south of the Dallas and Fort Worth Metroplex and 2.5 hours north of Austin makes it a great escape from the hustle and bustle of big city life, or your next outdoor adventure. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Lake Whitney. Read on to see a few ways you can enjoy your time here.
Due to its size, Lake Whitney is the perfect setting for whatever type of boating adventure you enjoy. Not only is the lake large enough to accommodate most types of boating, it also has more than 20 public and private boat ramps and numerous marinas that make it even easier to have a great day on the lake.
Along with the boat rentals, some of these marinas provide dry storage, giving you everything you need during your time in the Lake Whitney area. You can see the types of boat rentals and services offered at each marina by clicking here.
To get the best angling experience, hire a local guide who will tell you where the fish are biting. Most guides supply all the gear you’ll need, including bait and lures, so you don’t need to have your own equipment. Locate one of these qualified guides by contacting any of the marinas for a referral.
If the water on the lake happens to be choppy and you’re looking for calmer currents then head to the nearby Brazos River. This part of the Lake Whitney area is known for its smooth water, and it’s even where the documentary “The Secret Spot” was filmed.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates parks on the lake that have swim beaches as well, along with picnic areas and spots to kick your feet up and relax. Regardless of which park you go to, you’re sure to have plenty of fun splashing in the water and taking in gorgeous views of the lake.
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