Whitney Lake and Lake Whitney State Park

Whitney, Texas

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The 955-acre Lake Whitney State Park lies along the east shore of Whitney Lake, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers–managed lake on the Brazos River that covers 23,550 acres, with a shoreline of 225 miles. The area is located in the Grand Prairie subregion of the Blackland Prairie Natural Region. A 2,000-foot airstrip, along with accommodations for small airplanes, is available within the park, as are nature and bike trails, boating, fishing, and swimming. Key birds: Greater Roadrunner is present year-round. Wood Duck, Chuck-will’s-widow, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Bell’s Vireo, Painted Bunting, and Dickcissel occur insummer. Common Loon; Bald Eagle; Horned Lark; Fox and Harris’s Sparrows; and McCown’s, Lapland, and Chestnut-collared Longspurs can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.

Whitney Lake and Lake Whitney State Park Professional Review and Guide

"The 955-acre Lake Whitney State Park lies along the east shore of Whitney Lake, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers–managed lake on the Brazos River that covers 23,550 acres, with a shoreline of 225 miles. The area is located in the Grand Prairie subregion of the Blackland Prairie Natural Region. A 2,000-foot airstrip, along with accommodations for small airplanes, is available within the park, as are nature and bike trails, boating, fishing, and swimming.

Key birds: Greater Roadrunner is present year-round. Wood Duck, Chuck-will’s-widow, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Bell’s Vireo, Painted Bunting, and Dickcissel occur insummer. Common Loon; Bald Eagle; Horned Lark; Fox and Harris’s Sparrows; and McCown’s, Lapland, and Chestnut-collared Longspurs can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Whitney
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April-May for spring migrants & nesting activities; November-February for Bald Eagle, sparrows, & longspurs
Local Contacts: Lake Whitney State Park
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Whitney Lake and Lake Whitney State Park

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