Where are you located?
Lake Whitney is located approximately 65 miles south of the DFW Metroplex, 18 miles west of Hillsboro. Our home and our cabins are situated on the southeast corner of the lake about two miles northeast of the dam. We are between the town of Whitney and the dam about one mile off Highway 22.
Can your cabins flood?
No! Lake Whitney is a flood control lake designed to hold lots of water without endangering homes or small businesses like ours. Our cabins sit on a hillside higher than the top of the dam, making it pretty unlikely that they would ever be affected by high water.
What is there to do there?
We offer swimming, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, and shuffleboard. we have free-roaming peacocks that are always entertaining. Bicycles are welcome on the roads, trails, and along the shore, but nothing motorized, please. There are 3 golf courses in the area, as well as antique shopping in several nearby towns. But keep in mind that this is still an undeveloped rural lake. The nearest bowling alley, roller rink, or movie theater is in Waco, 35 miles away. The main attraction is the lake itself. Let yourself be mesmerized by Lake Whitney and our incredible sunsets for the best entertainment you’ve had in years.
Are your cabins on the water?
Our cabins are as close to the water as you will find anywhere on the lake (about 150 yards). Most of our cabins have beautiful views of the main body of the lake. Because Lake Whitney is a flood control lake, nothing sits at the edge of the water anywhere on the lake. We are on the non-cliff side of the lake so access to the water is a short walk from your cabin over a set of metal stairs that go over our fence, then through our horse pasture. There is also a road that allows you to drive a bit closer to the lake.
Do you have handicapped facilities?
Wheelchair access is fairly limited. Cabin # 16 (part of our Bunkhouse Combo) is the only facility on the property without steps, and with an accessible bathroom. There are no sidewalks, only gravel roads. The pool area has two steps up to a wooden deck in order to reach the pool. Access to the lake involves a climb over metal staircases and a gentle trail OR a drive followed by a short walk over fairly level terrain, but there is a pipe rail that must be stepped over.
How clean do you expect us to leave the cabin? Should we bring cleaning supplies?
The term “housekeeping cabin” means that we don’t provide daily maid service during your stay and we expect our guests to pick up after themselves. We clean the cabins thoroughly between guests. You don’t have to bring cleaning supplies, but please ask to borrow some if someone in your party has been exceptionally messy. We ask for general courtesy in regards to the mess you leave behind. We don’t expect to have to pick up litter from around the outside of your cabin, we don’t expect to find two days’ worth of leftover barbeque in the fridge, and we don’t expect to have to scrape your child’s candy off the kitchen floor. Anything beyond the normal changing linens, dusting, cleaning floors, and sanitizing the kitchen and bath will incur an extra $20 per hour cleaning charge.
Is this a luxury resort?
We are no longer a “resort” at all. Our cabins were built in the mid-fifties as a fishing lodge, called Arrowhead Lodge. After remodeling and modernizing, we operated as Arrowhead Resort for 22 seasons. Now we simply rent self-service rooms and cabins that feature some amenities you might find in a luxury resort such as wireless Internet service and DVD players, but the emphasis is on comfort and relaxation. Landscaping is left natural wherever possible, so you can enjoy nature, which is the greatest asset found at the resort. This is not the Hilton; we don’t want it to be. What we aim for is a clean, pleasant place from which you can enjoy the quiet beauty of the lake.
What linens do you supply?
We provides bed linens( sheets, pillows, blankets), bath towels, washcloths, hand towels, and a dish cloth. If you think you may need extras, feel free to bring some along. The bunks in the Treehouses have fleece sleeping bags rather than sheets.
Do you supply shampoo and soap?
We supply two bars of soap in each cabin and a small courtesy bottle of shampoo.
Do you supply dishes and utensils?
No. Most people get by with paper plates and a few cooking utensils.
Can we bring an air mattress and have extra people?
We have maximum occupancies for all of our cabins and don’t allow extra people. The maximums are based on many things: bedding, parking, pool capacity, and health department rules, but our main objective is the comfort of our guests. Please trust us and abide by the maximums.
What is the maximum capacity of your property? Do you rent out the entire property for one price?
Group maximum is 35. We do not offer a single price for rental of the property and do not encourage group events. This is the quiet place to stay on Lake Whitney.
Do you accept debit cards?
Upon completion of a reservation request form, if your reservation is acceptable, you will be sent an invoice with an option to pay in full or in two payments. You may use a debit card attached to your checking account but we do not accept pre-paid debit cards.
Will you charge my card when I make a reservation?
You will use our convenient invoice system to pay for your stay.
If we don't have a credit card, can we simply pay cash for the full amount?
If you prefer to pay on arrival in cash, please note that in the comment section of the reservation request form. As long as you are a past guest in good standing we will send you an email confirming your ability to pay in cash.
I saw that you have peacocks. Don't they make a lot of noise?
This is the quiet place on the lake, but sometimes nature has its own volume. Mating season is from March to July. During that time the birds call to one another frequently. Often they are calling in response to other noises that they perceive as a threat, like shouting, doors slamming, loud music, or loud engines. If the birds are at your cabin and the noise bothers you, you may gently shoo them away. Most people enjoy the calls, but almost all sounds from the outside can be drowned out by turning up the fan on the air conditioner unit in your room. If you prefer not to hear them, may we suggest a quieter season for your visit.
Do you have a boat dock and launch?
You can launch at the dam which is just 2 miles away. There’s plenty of parking near the cabins to pull your boat in and out of the water at night.
Can I rent a cabin for my teens to stay in alone?
Not unless a responsible adult over age 21 will be onsite in a cabin nearby.
Do you have a swim beach?
There is no designated swim beach, but our shore is quite suitable for swimming.
Is there a place to fish?
From the resort, you’ll have easy access to the shore, or rent one of our pontoon boats to get out on the water.
Are campfires allowed?
No wood fires of any kind are allowed at Arrowhead Resort cabins on Lake Whitney, and fires in undesignated areas like our shoreline are prohibited on federal property. We allow CHARCOAL cooking fires in the BBQ grills at each cabin.
Is there a grocery store nearby?
The town of Whitney has two full-service stores, only a few miles from us.
Can we have friends that aren't staying there come over for a party?
NO. Simply put, this is not that kind of place. We strive very hard to be the quiet place on the lake. Our cabin occupancies are strictly enforced, and outside visitors are not allowed.
When is check in and check out?
Check in is 3 p.m.; check out is 12 p.m. If you need to arrive later than 10:00 p.m. please let us know, so that we can plan accordingly. When available, we offer an early check-in from noon to 3 p.m. for an additional $25. Late check-out rates are $25 between noon and 3 p.m. and half the room rate for 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Late check-out cannot be guaranteed in advance, as it is subject to availability.
Can my kids set up a tent and sleep outside?
Because we do not have a separate bathroom and shower facility for campers, the Texas Health Department prohibits tent campers. That restriction applies even to cabin guests.