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8 Happy Camper Rules You Need to Know

 Excerpted from Camping Colorado, 3rd Edition by Melinda Crow, Published by Falcon Publishing/Globe Pequot Press You are no longer at home. You’re not even on your own turf. Camping is a foreign world where strangers may be sleeping on the ground under the stars 50 feet away. It’s a world where the choices you make can make a difference from the top of the food chain to the bottom. And it’s a world where respect for your fellow man and beast is of utmost importance if we are all to continue to enjoy our natural resources. The first sign of that respect is in knowing the camping rules that apply to your destination. The rules may seem arbitrary to you, but respect the fact that they have been placed into effect for good reason. Some examples of rules you should know include:  1. Maximum number of people per campsite/cabin. This varies between five and fifteen, but in general, fewer is better. Fewer people means less impact on the campsite and less impact on neighboring campers. 2. Maximum number of vehicles per campsite/cabin. The reasons are the same as for people per campsite, plus, by requiring additional vehicles to pay for additional space, the facility gains needed revenue. Campfire restrictions. Always find out whether fires are allowed at the time of your stay. You don’t want to be the one responsible for the next forest fire. 3. Maximum number of nights. Campgrounds in state parks and national forests are not second homes. They are for the enjoyment of all. Popular areas may limit stays to as few as three days, whereas...

Sunset Photos

Sunset views of Lake Whitney like this one are the normal from our Great Room. This is the sunset view of Lake Whitney you’ll have almost every night at Arrowhead Resort from your cabin on Lake Whitney....

Experience the Real Deal

Aren’t water parks fun? And those cool new indoor mega hotel/parks like Great Wolf? You get to feel like you’ve taken your family on a grand adventure without ever leaving the air conditioning. Here are a few things you’ll find at Lake Whitney and Arrowhead Resort that top even the best water slide or indoor “camping” trip. 1. Little clam shells scattered along the shore that are just the right size for tiny curious hands to carry. 2. White limestone cliffs designed especially for teenagers to jump from. 3. Hummingbirds fighting for control of the salvia bush right outside your cabin. 4. A family of four young blue birds learning to fly from the fence. 5. Dixie the miniature horse just waiting to have her wild mane combed and braided. 6. Real smores you make yourself over hot coals using wire hangers to lightly brown the marshmallows. 7. Scavenger hunts for feathers, fossils, & wildflowers. 8. Hiking to the lake to tiptoe into squishy sand and mud just to say you did. 9. Pontoon boats that carry you out beyond the squishy shore for a real swim in the lake, with some sightseeing as a bonus, and a side trip to watch the crazy teenagers jumping off the cliffs.  ...

Lake Whitney’s Award Winning Photographer

We wanted to take a minute to introduce you to a friend of ours. Sheri Hemrick is a professional photographer who showcases life around Lake Whitney better than anyone we know. If you want to see the really good stuff our area has to offer, from bald eagles to hummingbirds to lions at the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco visit her website or friend her on Facebook at Please keep in mind that all of her photos are copyrighted....

Lakefront Cabins? Waterfront? Lakeside? Lake View? Lake Access? What does Lake Whitney really offer?

 If you spend very much time searching for accommodations on Lake Whitney you are likely to find a variety of descriptive terms used to describe cabins and their relationship to the lake. Lake Whitney is a flood control lake with a 40 foot flood pool above the official “normal” level. That means that nothing but campsites situated on Corps of Engineers property can be located in the flood zone. That also means no cabins or houses sit right next to the water on Lake Whitney.   Almost all properties on the lake adjoin land owned by the Corps of Engineers. These properties are considered “lakefront,” but since in almost all cases there is public land between the private property line and the water’s edge, there are very few “waterfront” properties on the lake. In fact I only know of one area that can claim to be “waterfront” and that only happens when the lake is at or above the normal level of 533′ (which is rare) because they are located far up into tiny fingers beyond the normal Corps of Engineers boundaries that surround the lake. Those properties have no lake access at all when the water level is below normal. Lake Whitney is a deep lake (108′ in the center) but it stays below the designated normal by 8-10 feet most of the time. With that in mind, the only two “lakefront” or “lakeside” accommodation choices are: Perched atop limestone cliffs out of the flood area, but directly above the water. On sloping hillsides back away from the water’s edge. The questions you should ask when determining which accommodations work best...

Finding the Perfect Place to Stay

Many of you know that Gary & I travel when we aren’t here at Arrowhead Cabins on Lake Whitney hosting travelers. Of course that doesn’t happen often enough, so when we can’t travel, we read about traveling. We read blogs, message boards, magazines, and online reviews. We scour the Internet for interesting places to stay, near us and far flung. Here are our recent observations: 1) We should find ways to travel more- even if it’s just for a couple of nights at a time. 2) More businesses should build blogs so you feel up to the minute about what’s going on at their location. 3) We should all remember that a few pitfalls serve to make your journey a better story to tell. 4) It’s rare for two travelers to see the same place or event in the same light. A good example of this was found in a review I recently read about scuba diving in Belize. The reviewer was not pleased with her dive trip because it involved a one hour boat ride to get to the dive site. Gary and I have been fortunate enough to have been on that same trip. The diving was fantastic, but that boat ride was the icing on the cake! Tiny islands dotted the ocean, some with one palm tree, some with nothing but sand. It was the ride of a lifetime. Maybe the reviewer was just having a bad day. 5) It’s easy to build a great website; it’s hard to build a great hospitality business. 6) There are some really interesting places to stay in Texas; we’ve...

Red Caboose Winery

When the July sun scorches the ground, it seems almost impossible that you could be comfortable sitting inside a building cooled exclusively by the Earth, but that is exactly what you’ll find though when you visit the Red Caboose Winery vineyard facility near Meridian. Not only does RCW take going green to extreme measures using geothermal cooling, they produce some incredible wines that continue to bring gold medals home to Bosque County. They have two locations. The original facility is outside of Meridian, where you can sip wine at an enormous hardwood table as you look out over the vineyards and visit with owner and architect Gary McKibben. He bubbles proudly about the winery and the wines it produces as if he is speaking about his children. (He also has words of praise for his son Evan, the primary winemaker.) The Clifton facility is ideal for a quicker stop, located on Highway 6 on the south end of town. Both locations offer $10 tastings on weekends.  ...

About Lake Whitney Guru

We all talk a lot about moments. We have “senior moments,” “blonde moments,” and “Mommy needs a moment moments.” There are “the doctor will be with you in a moment moments” and “can you hold a moment moments.” But what we really live for is the moment when the car is packed, the kids are buckled in, and you have an incredible urge to roll the windows down and shout, “Road Trip” as the wind rushes through your hair. Or how about the moment when your daughter giggles uncontrollably at the sight of Dad doing back flips off the front of your rented pontoon boat? Then there’s the moment when you realize that you are watching the sun rise slowly over the lake in the company of a herd of deer. There’s the moment when you wonder why you waited so long to get away to Lake Whitney, followed shortly by the moment when you ask, “When can we do this again?” If you came to this site looking for that kind of moment you are in the correct place.

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Our goal here is to help you gather Lake Whitney information so that you can choose wisely where you want to stay and the activities you want to include in your visit. We have 16+ years of experience living, boating, and conducting business right here on the shores of Lake Whitney. We feel that qualifies us as experts on the subject. You can read more about our credentials in the side bar. We hope that you will find the posts here entertaining, educational, and above all, helpful.

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About Gary & Melinda Crow

  • Gary & Melinda Crow have owned and operated Arrowhead Resort on Lake Whitney since 1998.
  • Melinda is the author of four travel guidebooks on camping and rock collecting and together she and Gary have written a series of travel journals. She is a frequent contributor to national travel media websites.
  • They created the idea of Lake Whitney being designated as the "Getaway Capital" of Texas and wrote the documentation for the state legislature to get it approved.
  • They founded the Lake Whitney Board of Tourism and work very hard to make sure that hotel tax dollars spent in the counties surrounding the lake are properly managed and put to good use promoting the lake.
  • They served on the board of the Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce for more than 6 years.
  • They are members of the Texas Association of Hotels and Lodging and several area chambers of commerce.