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White Rock Lake

Located in the northeastern part of Dallas, Texas is a reservoir that was formed by damming White Rock Creek that widens into the lake before continuing south out to the spillway and emptying into the Trinity River. The lake covered at least 1,254 acres in the East Dallas community.

Before it was called White Rock Lake it was the only collection of farms owned by the Daniel and Cox families. The first-ever record of the Daniel family farm is located in the Family Bible of Thomas Walker Daniel where he and his wife Frances have moved to the White Rock area during the 1830s. Daniel’s son had a good friend named Cox during the civil war. When the war was over, the Cox family moved to the land adjacent to the Daniel family.

Construction on White Rock Lake began in 1910 in response to the water shortage in Dallas until it was completed in 1911. The construction around the lake increased and during the early 1930s, the Dallas Park Board began developing the lakeshores in to a municipal park.


  • 9.33-mile hike and bike trail
  • Rental facilities (Winfrey Point and Big Thicket)
  • White Rock Lake Museum
  • Bath House Cultural Center
  • Dallas Arboretum
  • Audubon Society bird-watching area
  • Wetland
  • Dog Park
  • Picnic areas Pavilions (available for rent) Piers Boat ramps
  • Kayak concession

Today, the park has an ecosystem that includes grasses, trees, flowers, and wildlife that are indigenous to the North Texas area. Grasslands include black prairie grasses as well as more invasive species like Queen Anne’s Lace.

The ecosystem of the waterfront makes it a perfect nesting place for small and large water birds including herons, egrets, geese, ducks, and pelicans, along with woodland birds such as owls, hawks, and eagles. Bed Bug Exterminator Dallas


White Rock offers several activities, but one it has become most notable for is rowing. They have a historical boathouse and dock where boats are launched off almost every day by rowers of all ages. There are also sometimes races that people watch from their sailboats or around the lake.

During Wednesday evening “fun” races, club-sponsored regattas held year-round, and several major annual regattas. The club is nationally known for its excellent sailors and fine race management. CSC, located on beautiful White Rock Lake in Dallas, also sponsors many social activities, teaches adult sailing, and supports an active juniors’ program.


Address: City of Dallas, TX


Check out other attractions like Dallas Museum of Art