Our Mission: For the Love of the Lake is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of White Rock Lake Park as an urban oasis.

Our Vision: To ensure those who enjoy White Rock Lake Park actively engage in service to maintain the environment for future generations.

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FTLOTL FAQs


What is For the Love of the Lake?

We are a non-profit organization whose volunteers sponsor programs to preserve and enhance White Rock Lake Park. We organize regular clean-up activities, tree planting events, and raise money needed to fund improvements to White Rock Lake Park.

When is the For the Love of the Lake office open?
We are open on Saturdays from 8:00AM to 12:00PM. We are closed on holiday weekends. To schedule an appointment, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a message at 214-660-1100. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Who can I contact to schedule a group clean-up activity?
Email Lis Akin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a message at 214-660-1100. For the Love of the Lake will supply trash bags, recycle bags, and gloves. We will also let you know which areas need attention.

Where is the For the Love of Lake office located?
You can find us in Casa Linda Plaza at the Garland Road/Buckner Boulevard intersection. The office is located in the northeast quadrant directly under the Another Broken Egg Café. Our physical address is 1152 N. Buckner, #123, Dallas, TX 75218. Please don’t send mail to this address—we won’t get it! Our mailing address is PMB 281, 381 Casa Linda Plaza, Dallas, TX 75218.

What can I do to help For the Love of the Lake?
Volunteer!  Donate!  Any amount is appreciated and accepted with gratitude. We can always use trash bags, gloves, grabbers, and breakfast or snack items for Second Saturday. We also need office supplies, cleaning supplies, paper towels, and toilet paper.

Where do I take trash or recyclables found in the park?
Leave black-bagged trash by one of the trash cans in the park for pickup.
Take blue bagged recyclables to a Dallas Recycling Dumpster. Dallas Recycling Dumpsters are conveniently located on both the north and south sides of the lake at:
  • The Dallas Bike Works parking lot. (E. Northwest Hwy. at W. Lawther Dr. intersection / across street from White Rock DART Rail station) 4875 W Lawther Dr. Dallas, TX 75214 (GPS Coordinates: 32.854826, -96.731801
  • Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden parking lot. Enter Gate 2 Camp located at Garland Rd. and the Lakelands Drive traffic signal. The Dallas Recycling Dumpster is in far south-east corner of the parking lot. Exit Gate 3 Children’s Garden gate Opposite Arboretum parking garage. (GPS Coordinates: 32.823198, -96.714960)
You can also take blue-bagged recyclables home and put them in your own recycling bin for City of Dallas trash pickup.

When does White Rock Lake Park open and close?
The park is accessible to the public from 5:00AM to 11:00PM.

How much does it cost to visit White Rock Lake Park?
The park is a public facility managed by the City of Dallas and the Park and Recreation Department. Entry to the park is free.

What do I do if I see a crime being committed or have been a victim of a crime at the lake?
Call 911 immediately to report any crime - or even suspicious activity - at the lake.

How long is the trail around White Rock Lake?
The trail around the lake is 9.33 miles. Need more miles? Continue to the bottom of Flag Pole Hill to add another 2.5 miles. Continue up the hill and around the park area for another 1.5 miles.

What is the distance between the “911” signs?
The distance between each sign is 1/8 of a mile.

Why are the new hike-n-bike trails wider than the old trails?
All new trails must be wide enough to accommodate an ambulance.

Who do I contact about a problem with a drinking fountain?
Please report the problem and the location of the fountain to the Dallas Park and Recreation Department Maintenance Office. Their phone number is 214-670-8281. Hours are Monday-Friday, 7:00AM to 3:30PM.

How do I reserve an event space for a 10k event running event / corporate event or where do I get a special event permit?
For special event reservations and permits for White Rock Lake, call or visit the special event reservation office at 214-670-8890, from Monday to Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office is located at: 8100 Doran Circle Dallas, TX 75238. Website: http://www.dallasparks.org/278/White-Rock-Rental-Facilities

Can I take alcoholic beverages into White Rock Lake Park?
No. According to City of Dallas Park rules and ordinances alcohol is prohibited in all public parks.

Is alcohol allowed at White Rock Lake rental facilities?
Yes, with a $50 non-refundable application for an alcohol permit, and a $600 refundable deposit. You must also have Dallas Police present at the time of consumption. To apply for a permit, call the special event reservation office at 214-670-8890, from Monday to Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call 214-670-0557 to arrange a police officer. Cost is $45-$50 per hour.

Who do I contact about reserving the Filter Building?
Visit the Contact Us page at http://thefilterbuilding.com/ to send an email to the Reservation Coordinator. Rental agreement information and rates are also listed on the Filter Building website

Can I camp at White Rock Lake Park?
Camping is not allowed in the park. White Rock Lake Park is a City of Dallas park open for day use only. The park is closed from 11:00PM to 5:00AM. (www.dallasparks.org)

Where can I go to learn how to row?
Rowing sculls are allowed on the lake. White Rock Rowing (a program offered by the White Rock Boathouse) offers both adult and youth rowing lessons. Visit http://whiterockrowing.org/ for more information.

Are boats allowed on White Rock Lake?
Sail boating is allowed on the lake. Public boat launches are available on the west side of the lake on West Lawther near Fisher Road (where there's a large parking lot), and on the east side, the parking lot just south of the White Rock Boat Club. Enter the park at Mockingbird and East Lawther to get to this boat launch.

Where can I go to learn how to sail?
The Corinthian Sailing Club is located at 441 East Lawther Drive.
Phone: 214-320-0841.
Website: www.cscsailing.org
The White Rock Boat Club is located at 340 E Lawther Drive
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: http://whiterockboatclub.com/

Where can I rent a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard?
When weather permits, canoes and kayaks are available for rental at the following locations:
  • KAYAKPOWER.COM located at Jackson Point on West Lawther. Call 214-669-1663 or visit www.kayakpower.com.
  • White Rock Paddle Company located on the east side of the lake south of the Mockingbird Bridge. Call 469-888-0620 or visit www.whiterockpaddle.com.

Can I use a motorboat or jet skis on the lake?
Power boat use is limited to boats with small motors of 9.5 horsepower or less. Violators are reported to 911 and fined by the Dallas Police Department. Jet skis and large motor boats are not permitted on White Rock Lake. However, stand-up paddleboards are allowed.

Can I sailboard or windsurf on the lake?
Sailboarding and windsurfing are not allowed on the lake.

What are the rules for boats on the lake?
The regulations for boats at White Rock Lake Park are in two categories, powered and non-powered.
  • Power boat use is limited to boats with small motors of 9.5 horsepower or less. (Please note: violators are quickly reported to 911 and fined by the Dallas Police Department.) Jet skis and large motor boats are not permitted on White Rock Lake.
  • For non-powered boats, kayaks, canoes, and other human-powered craft, the only regulation is mandated by the State of Texas, which requires that the number of PFD's (personal flotation devices) be equal to the number of people on the craft. The United States Government also requires that children under 13 years of age MUST WEAR THE PFD WHILE IN THE BOAT.

Is there horseback riding at the lake?
Horseback riding is allowed at White Rock Lake; however, Dallas Park and Recreation Department discourages the use of horses on the hike and bike trails, and there are no actual horseback riding trails at the lake. There are plenty of turf areas around the lake and shoreline area that can be used for horseback riding. You may choose any parking lot around the lake to park and unload your horse, but some of the parking lots on the east side of the lake are not as highly used as on the west side, and may be a better choice.

Where can I rent a bicycle?
Bicycles are available for rent at the following locations:
  • Richardson Bike Mart located at 9040 Garland Road (south side of the lake). Call 214-321-0705 or visit www.bikemart.com.
  • Dallas Bike Works located at 4875 W. Lawther Drive (north side of the lake). Call 214-343-2453 or visit www.dallasbikeworks.com.

How can I meet up with other runners?
Contact the Dallas Running Club (www.dallasrunningclub.com) for information about races, training, and for information about how to join.

Can I fish at White Rock Lake?
Yes, fishing is permitted off the piers around the lake. Call 214-670-8281 if you have other questions about fishing at White Rock Lake. To go fishing at White Rock Lake, you should purchase a fishing license from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Licenses are available at area Wal-Marts and most tackle stores.

Can I grill or picnic at White Rock Lake Park?
Yes, public grills are available in designated picnic areas such as the Stone Tables area. Call 214-670-8740 for information about the Do’s and Don’ts for the use of grills in White Rock Lake Park.

Can I swim in the lake?
No – swimming is not allowed. To learn more about what’s in the water, consider becoming a water monitor. To find out how, go to Programs > Water Monitoring on our website.

What is the Texas Stream Team?
Established in 1991, Texas Stream Team (http://txstreamteam.meadowscenter.txstate.edu/) is administered through a cooperative partnership between Texas State University - Meadows Institute for Water and the Environment, TCEQ, and the EPA. Currently hundreds of Texas Stream Team volunteers collect water quality data on rivers, streams, aquifers, wetlands, bays, bayous, and estuaries across Texas, including the Trinity River.

Can I walk my dog at White Rock Lake Park?
Yes. Dogs must be on leashes.

Where is the dog park at White Rock Lake?
The newly renovated dog park is located on Mockingbird Lane at West Lawther. For your safety and the safety of your dog:
  • NO dogs under 6 months of age are allowed.
  • ALL dogs must be sterilized or have a special permit/tag for an intact dog.
  • ALL dogs must be wearing tags including city registration.
For more information, visit http://www.whiterockdogpark.org/.

Can I plant a tree in White Rock Lake Park?
No. Tree planting is carefully planned and coordinated by the foresters who work for the City of Dallas. However, you can volunteer to participate in tree planting events held each November in different areas of the park. Join the FTLOTL e-blast list or watch our website for information about upcoming tree planting events.

Can I purchase a bench for placement in the park?
At this time, the option to purchase a bench is not available. Please consider purchasing a plaque for placement in the Celebration Tree Grove to honor, remember, or celebrate a loved one. For more information, go to Celebration Tree Grove > CTG FAQs.

What should I do if I see a dead animal in the park?
Call 311 and report the location of the animal so they can arrange for pick up.

Can I feed the ducks and wildlife in the park?
For your safety, we do not recommend feeding or interacting with other wild animals. You can feed the ducks and geese at Sunset Bay, but you should not feed them bread. Please feed them birdseed instead.

What's with that "Free Advice" sign I see at the lake on Sunday afternoons near Jackson Point?
Talk may be cheap, but advice doesn't cost a thing at White Rock Lake. Every Sunday for the past eight years, Rodderick MacElwain and Neal Caldwell, aka the "Free Advice Guys," have been answering questions on every subject you can imagine. "From taxes to relationships to bathroom tiling -- it's as light or heavy as you want it to be, "says MacElwain, a management consultant and race walker. Questions pertaining to directions, bike repair, help with lost cars and keys are frequently asked. Of course, "where are the bathrooms?" never goes out of style.

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