Unique and Beautiful – White Rock Lake, Texas
Where in the world is White Rock Lake, Texas? It is located right in the heart of Dallas! More accurately termed a reservoir, it was constructed in 1910-1911 by building a dam across White Rock Creek to provide drinking water to Dallas residents. With a surface area of 1,088 acres, shoreline of over 9 miles, and maximum depth of 20 feet it is the largest water body in the city. All water exiting the lake spills into the Trinity River.
It quickly became a favorite spot for locals as well as visitors, not only for its recreational value but for scenic beauty as well. The City of Dallas aided the area’s popularity by provision of a bathhouse, beach for bathers, boathouse, and park with tables for picnickers. The lake was dubbed the “People’s Playground” in 1927. Though in early years swimming, motor boating, and fishing were popular, in the 1950s higher-speed boats were banned along with swimming, heralding a roughly 20-year period of general decline in use and condition of the area.
Happily, in the 1970s efforts began to restore and preserve the area’s natural beauty. There are currently many public attractions and events. The bathhouse was renovated and is now the Bath House Cultural Center, where lectures, workshops, concerts, art exhibits, festivals, and theatrical performances are offered to the public. White Rock Lake Park provides marvelous outdoor fun, with fishing piers, biking, bird watching, and sailing, a dog park with its own swimming area for pets, approximately 200 picnic tables, and 6 playgrounds. Located on the southeastern shore of the lake can be found the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
Due to dedicated efforts by the City as well as many organizations and volunteer groups, White Rock Lake, Texas continues to be restored and improved for the enjoyment of all. A true gem, tucked in what is now a desired residential section of Dallas, it has regained its status as a much-loved local treasure.