Whitney Lake Boat Ramps
Following is a list of the boat ramps around Whitney Lake. Most are in Corps of Engineers parks,one is a Hill County park and some are private marinas. In our review, we use some terms. Open Access Parks are those that do not have gate attendants and folks who regularly patrol the parks. Controlled Access Parks are those which have gates and attendants. These parks generally charge fees for Day Use, Overnight Camping and Boat Launches. Parks with “primitive facilities” are those which do not provide electricity and water to some or all of the sites. The parks with primitive facilities have limited restroom facilities. Whitney Lake’s normal pool stage is 533 feet.
Most of these photos were taken on two different dates, August 22, 2011 and February 4, 2012. The lake level on August 22, 2011 was 522 feet or 13 feet low. The February 4, 2012 photos were taken when the lake level was 527 feet 7 1/2 inches or 5 feet 4 1/2 inches low. As of March 14, 2012 the lake was just a little over normal pool of 533 feet. You can use your judgment to estimate the ramp usefulness at the current time.
Most of the ramps would be functional when the lake is 8 feet below the normal pool level of 533 feet. We have seen the lake go to as low as 16 feet below normal. At that level, we have found that only 3 ramps are still really functional. They are the “Red Bluff” ramp in Steele Creek Park, the ramp in the Lofers Bend East Park, and the deep water ramp at the Juniper Cove Marina.
Generally, the Corps of Engineers parks with controlled access are open 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. Access for boat launching is available after 6 a.m. and the launch fees collected upon exit. If you are fishing nights from a controlled access park, you have to be in before 10 pm, but you can leave anytime during the night. Open access parks are open 24 hours a day and generally don’t have fees. The private marinas have their own rules and you should check with them about access hours.