White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas was formed through the damming of what was White Rock Creek. Today, it is wide enough that it’s considered a lake before running on south and emptying into the Trinity River. The lake has an area of 1,254 acres in East Dallas and the park and trails around the lake has something for everyone. Over two million visitors come to the park annually, and it’s not hard to tell why!
Things to Do
How White Rock Lake Can Inspire Your Texas Outdoor Passions
With plenty to do, including various historical markers to see, five refurbished playgrounds, a dog park, and three fantastic picnic areas (Stone Tables Picnic Area, Dixon Bay, or Dreyfus Point) there’s never a dull moment at White Rock Lake. Visitors can hike to the site of the old White Rock Municipal Fish Hatchery, which occupies 50 acres of woodland at the southwest corner of the park and is quite popular with birdwatchers as well as animals (coyotes, beavers, bobcats, and gray foxes).
Its pathways and natural areas are filled to the brim with indigenous species including dozens of varieties of trees, over 100 plant and grass species, as well as the birds and animals that either nest in or eat such things. And while you’re out enjoying one of Dallas’ largest parks, the city’s trail network considers White Rock Trail its crown jewel, and you can jog, walk, or bike it on a beautiful Dallas day, possibly even winding up at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden! If cooling off on the water is more your preference, however, the park also offers several options for novice-to-experienced boaters and water fans, including rowing, sailing, kayaking/canoeing, and paddle boards. There’s also ample opportunity to fish! So get on out to White Rock Lake, for the history, the beauty, and the enjoyment of it all.