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White Rock Lake Park, Dallas

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web
Formed by a collection of farms that had been dammed in the past, White Rock Lake Park became an esteemed running, hiking, fishing, and bird watching site. Covering 507 hectares (1,254 acres) of land, and with the maximum depth of 5.5 m (18 ft), the lake is used exclusively for fishing and sailing; swimming and motorboats were banned in the 1950s. Check out the 15 km (9.3 mi) trail, and look for fishing piers over the lake's clear waters. The park is home to an array of birds, squirrels, beavers, and coyotes, as well as, reportedly, a ghost from the 1930s. Plan to see White Rock Lake Park and other attractions that appeal to you using our Dallas itinerary planner.
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  • On Thursdays at the arboretum on the lake. A wonderful experience to spread a picnic blanket - pop the cork - bring some cheese & crackers or your favorite nibblies and share the music and ambiance wi...  read more »
  • I went here while visiting Dallas. Being a bird watcher, I looked for a variety of habitats for the largest possible list. This location is a large lake with riparian areas, open fields, oak hammocks,...  read more »
  • I've ridden around the lake by bicycle and sailed across it in a very small sailboat. It's a great place! More recently, I've watched my grandson play baseball on one of the many diamonds! 
  • Very nice view of the lake and has a bike/walk trail that circles the entire lake. I have been here multiple times on foot and bike. If you are a bike enthusiast this is the place. I think I was able to bike the whole thing going pretty fast in about 45 min. Lots of scenery and great places to take photos as well.
  • I used to come here quite alot until I found a better dog park downtown. Everyone at the new dog park complains about the exact same issues here and drives way out of the way to go somewhere else as I do myself. The first major issue is: - In the big dog park section the dogs are VERY aggressive. Im talking about every single time I bring my dog in there he gets attacked by a dog or a pack of dogs and one time even got an injury on his leg. Its basically a dog fighting ring in there. The owners are not responsible and know that there dog is gonna try to attack every dog that walks in there and still come with thier dog regardless,its insane! Leave your attack dogs at home! -The other issue is its basically a huge mud pit in the big section. Especially if its rained recently, your guaranteed to go home with a muddy,filthy dog. Now the solution to both of these problems is my guy loves playing with small dogs, and small dogs usually have a blast playing with him. No aggression problems and almost no mud.The problem with that is the small dog owners are very rude and regardless of the fact that both our dogs are playing and having a blast they do not want us over there simply on the basis that he is a big dog. Its absolutely ridiculous how rude and snotty people over there are, if all dogs are playing and having fun what does it matter? Definitely worth the drive to go downtown. Responsible, friendly, respectful people. Dogs are actually there to play and have fun. All size dogs go into one park.
  • If your dog is a swimmer, this park is the an "E-Ticket" attraction – and it's FREE. The city of Dallas dog park at White Rock Lake was recently redesigned and rebuilt. Lessons learned from the original park were incorporated to make it safer, cleaner, and more enjoyable for dogs and owners. Check the website for hours, amenities, events, and directions. The park is closed on Mondays and will also close after severe weather events to allow the turf time to heal rather than revert to a mud pit. There are enclosed free run areas for small dogs and pups, another for larger dogs, and a third area for all dogs that enjoy a safe and easy way to enter and exit a protected portion of White Rock Lake. The rules are posted, and are based on common sense. All activities are self supervised by pet owners - who won't hesitate to intervene if you or your pet are being bullied. If you love dogs, are at ease meeting other people who love dogs, I guarantee your BKFF (Best K-9 Friend forever) will fill your phone with joyful photos. Your pet will also have so much fun, he'll reward you with relaxed behavior, revived obedience, and spend more time sleeping. You'll know by those unique and active dog dreams he's reliving his grand time at White Rock Dog Park — and that will make you feel soooo damn good!
  • This was by far the best dog park I have ever been too. It offers three locations for you to take your pet. It is a great place for your dog to cool off in the summer. The lake access is the best feature about this park.
  • You can walk/run at a nice pace even with the weekend crowd. I enjoy the trail because you can see the water the majority of the time. It is peaceful and I felt safe.
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