Explore White Rock Lake

White Rock Lake is considered the jewel of the Dallas parks system. From boating, biking, and bird watching to walking, picnicking, and fishing, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

The White Rock Lake Foundation focuses on the preservation of White Rock Lake’s natural health and beauty for the benefit of people and wildlife.

Image courtesy of Le Ann Tawney

Urban Oasis

Construction of White Rock Lake commenced in 1910 in response to a water shortage in the City of Dallas. At the time, the mayor of Dallas promised to create a water source that would ensure the city would never run out of water.  Today, White Rock Lake is the largest urban lake in the United States, and at over 1,015 acres, White Rock Lake Park is twice the size of New York City’s Central Park. An oasis in the heart of the city, White Rock Lake Park is enjoyed by sports enthusiasts, picnickers, bird watchers, and walkers from all over the city and the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, as well as visitors from around the world.

White Rock Lake Map

Map courtesy of Google Maps

The Need For Private Funding and Support

Funding for parks has been significantly reduced by the City of Dallas in the past several years. Your help is needed for White Rock Lake Park to continue to be a true urban oasis. The White Rock Lake Foundation pledges to continue as a leading force to ensure that quality renovations and improvements are reflective of the desires of surrounding neighborhoods and the visiting groups and individuals who utilize White Rock Lake Park every day.

Download Dallas Parks & Recreation official Park Map

Around the Lake

We have compiled a handy list of resources to help you explore White Rock Lake.

If you have a suggestion of a resource for this list please contact us.


Image courtesy of Bobbie Baird

Explore the Lake



Advocate Magazine Lakewood/East Dallas

Bath House Cultural Center

City of Dallas

City Council Place 9 Paula Blackmon

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden

Dallas Parks Foundation

For the Love of the Lake

Friends of Santa Fe Trail

Dallas Park & Recreation

Dallas Park & Recreation – White Rock Lake

White Rock Lake Conservancy

White Rock Lake Task Force

White Rock Lake Dog Park


Bike Trails

Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association

Greater Dallas Bicyclists

Richardson Bike Mart

Water Sports

Corinthian Sailing Club

White Rock Boat Club

White Rock Rowing

Dallas United Crew


Views from White Rock Lake

The White Rock Lake Foundation is so grateful to these three talented photographers who generously agreed to allow the use of their images on our website. They hold the copyrights to their images, which appear here by their permission. Thank you to the following artists and photographers.

Sue Benner
An internationally recognized and collected textile artist, Sue began photographing the lake in 2015 and made it an “official” study in 2016. She lives east of White Rock and walks at the lake mornings or evenings about 5 days a week, either alone, with friends, or with her husband.

Website:  www.suebenner.com
Instagram:  @bennersue is my walking photos account and @suebennerart is my new studio account.
Facebook:  Sue Benner Textile Artist

Bobbie Baird
Bobbie has lived west of White Rock Lake since 1987. She began photographing it in 2013 and visits the lake at least 3-4 times per week.

Instagram: @bbaird2

Le Ann Tawney
Le Ann has been taking pictures for several years but really got interested in the past 2-3 years. Using her iPhone XS, she goes to White Rock Lake at least 2-3 times a week, usually early weekday mornings (less crowded) for between 4 and 5 miles.

Instagram: @whiterock941
Facebook: Posts frequently on the private group page “White Rock Lake! that’s my hood…

Parakeet by Bobbie Baird
Ducklings by Le Ann Tawney
Dock Sunrise by Sue Benner
Reflections on White Rock Lake by Bobbie Baird
Boat in Lake by Sue Benner
Sunset Shadow by Bobbie Baird
Boat Reflections by Bobbie Baird
Sunset Rowers by Sue Benner
Inlet Reflections by Sue Benner
Duck by Sue Benner
Indian Paintbrush by Sue Benner
Spring at White Rock Lake - photography by Bobby Baird
Baby Owls at White Rock Lake - photography by Bobby Baird
Pelicans by Sue Benner
Parakeets Two by Bobbie Baird

Clockwise from top left: Bobbie Baird, Sue Benner (5), Bobbie Baird (2), Le Ann Tawney, Sue Benner, Bobbie Baird, Sue Benner, Le Ann Tawney (2)

Get Social #WRLF

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Become a Member

The White Rock Lake Foundation focuses on the preservation of White Rock Lake’s natural health and beauty for the benefit of people and wildlife. 

Make a Donation

Your support is vital to the mission of The White Rock Lake Foundation. You can support our efforts by making a donation to The White Rock Lake Foundation.