White Rock Lake

White Rock Lake is a 1,015 acre city lake located approximately 5 miles northeast of downtown Dallas.  White Rock is one of the most heavily used parks in the Dallas Park system and is the location of many special events and runs.  White Rock Lake offers a variety of active and passive activity options and is one of the best places to experience natural areas and wildlife in an urban setting. Get Directions


  • 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

WRL Vegetation Management Plan

Find details on the Vegetation Management Plan for White Rock Lake.

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White Rock Lake Dam Maintenance 

The City of Dallas Water Utilities has awarded the WRL Dam Maintenance Project, Contract No. 20-133, to Rebcon Inc. The contractor is scheduled to mobilize equipment and resources to the area during the week of November 16, 2020, with an anticipated summer 2020 construction completion date. The schedule is subject to change, pending adverse weather conditions that normally delay construction activities.
The WRL Dam Maintenance Project is part of on-going maintenance that includes dam and spillway concrete repairs, slope stabilization improvements, and vegetation management within the footprint of the dam. As safety is a top priority, there will be no public access allowed in construction areas including the old fish hatchery. White Rock Lake patrons are advised not to enter the construction zone and follow all signage.
During construction activities beginning in early December 2020, signs will be posted indicating portions of trails that will be closed and rerouted to open trails. Trail users going south on the White Rock Lake Trail can merge over and continue South on the Santa Fe Trail. Patrons going south on the So Pac Trail can continue south on the Santa Fe Trail. Patrons accessing the Winsted Parking Lot, or North from the White Rock Lake Trail, can continue the loop and merge over to the Santa Fe Trail. Please see trail detour map on the reverse side.
Please be assured that the City of Dallas will make every effort to minimize the disruption to White Rock Lake. However, there may be some inconvenience to you as the construction work occurs.

If you have any questions please contact Estela Ornelas, Sr. Public Affairs Officer at 214-671-9554 or estela.ornelas@dallascityhall.com. For information on the WRL Dam Maintenance Project, visit the White Rock Lake webpage on www.dallasparks.org.

Dallas Park Maintenance can be reached at 214-670-1923

White Rock Lake Dredging

The City held a public meeting on January 28, 2020 and a stakeholder meeting on February 11, 2020 to inform residents/stakeholders about the upcoming feasibility study and to receive community input to be incorporated in the study.

The next public meeting was scheduled for April/May 2020 to present draft results of the feasibility study.  As a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the THIRD AMENDED EMERGENCY REGULATIONS issued by the Mayor, the City will not be holding any public meetings at this time.

The second public meeting to provide an update on draft findings of the White Rock Lake Dredging Feasibility Study was held virtually on July 16, 2020. Please note the revised schedule below.


Project Activity 

November 11, 2019

Begin White Rock Lake Dredging Feasibility Study

January 28, 2020

Public meeting to gather input

February 11, 2020

White Rock Task Force meeting to gather input

July 16, 2020

The second public meeting to provide an update on draft findings of the White Rock Lake Dredging Feasibility Study was held virtually on July 16, 2020.

Link to recorded meeting

Provide feedback HERE (deadline for comments is August 7, 2020)

September 2020

Complete White Rock Lake Dredging Feasibility Study

For questions or concerns regarding this project, please contact Dallas Water Utilities, Project Manager, David Phan, P.E., CFM at 214-948-4682 or David.phan@dallascityhall.com

See final White Rock Dredging Feasibility Study below. 

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