Texas Lake Levels

The goal of this page is to provide you with current Texas lake levels

so that you can make informed travel and recreational decisions. Please keep in mind that media reports, while well-intentioned, often skew statistics in a way that makes for a newsworthy story. Lake levels are relative to each body of water. Drastic sounding levels like “10 feet below normal” could be really low at some lakes (like Granbury), while being only a minor inconvenience at deeper lakes (like Lake Whitney). Please use the website attached below as a starting point for your travel planning, but combine this information with details obtained from truly local sources, as opposed to media outlets, for a more informed decision.  Here are some helpful hints on finding out just what the information from USGS really means to your lake related travel:

  • Contact the local chamber of commerce.
  • Contact local marinas and ask about the boat ramps near them.
  • Call a few of the lodging providers at the lakes you are considering. Ask how the lake level is affecting visitors. Look for current photos, not just what the media wants you to see. Search sites like Flikr and Pinterest to see what people are taking pictures of on their travels.
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7 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Lake Whitney, Texas

7 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Lake Whitney, Texas

So you’re thinking about a trip to the lake. Maybe you’re looking for a spot to camp or maybe you want to rent a boat. Maybe you’re a “lake person,” maybe not.  Maybe you just need a break from the craziness of the life you live. Whatever the reason is that brought you to the ah-ha moment when you said to yourself, “Let’s go to the lake this weekend,” you need information to get the ball rolling. Lake Whitney Guru is here to help. Bookmark this page before the boss walks in and you forget where you were. So here are the absolute most important things you have to know about Lake Whitney BEFORE you make your travel plan: Lake Whitney is a flood control lake, originally built in the 50’s to keep Waco from flooding. It’s really good at that, but it’s also one of the least crowded lakes you will find in Texas that lies within 100 miles of a major metropolitan area. There are lakes with smaller crowds, but those tend to fall into 2 categories: either they have more mud than water, or are two+ hours from civilized society. The lake at normal level is over 100 feet deep, plus it has a 40′ flood pool. Without getting all hydro-technical, what that means is that the water level on Lake Whitney rises and falls pretty dramatically, so nothing sits at the edge of the lake. Don’t picture cabins sitting at the water’s edge here. What Lake Whitney lacks in edgewater property, it more than makes up for in scenic beauty and wildlife habitat in that...

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...