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Whitney Lake

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Features

  1. Parking
  2. Picnic Tables
  3. Trails
  4. Wildlife viewing area

The Whitney Lake is open to the public and free of charge. What began as a drainage project has evolved into a nature lovers' dream come true. The City acquired 70 acres of land that are protected wetlands and upland buffer areas within the Lake Whitney and McCampbell Slough area of Live Oak Peninsula to provide a public recreation and education access area. The watershed, which drains into Port Bay in the Copano Bay System, is approximately 3.3 miles downstream and is extremely diverse, containing freshwater wetlands, brackish marsh, salt marsh and tidal flats.

Habitat within this watershed is generally recognized as some of the most valuable habitat on the Live Oak Peninsula. This area has been recognized as a high priority for protection by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Nature Conservancy, the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation and the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program. McCampbell Slough is particularly noted as a productive and valuable estuarine wetland complex that provides wintering and migratory habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, and other species, as well as nursery habitat for shrimp, blue crabs and finfish.

Lake Whitney is a 70-acre wet-meadow noted by local natural conservation personnel as unique in South Texas. Lake Whitney remains wet, even during periods of prolonged drought and has been regarded as an ecological and recreational asset since the early 1930s. The Lake Whitney offers several bird watching areas, extended docks over marsh areas, observation platforms and many other amenities for watching the native wildlife in the Coastal Bend. In addition to the excellent recreational and educational opportunities, Whitney Lake provides wintering and migratory habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, and other species. This acquisition of habitat allows the City of Ingleside to protect this resource, provide public access and provide excellent recreational and educational opportunities for the public.

Whitney Lake is located off of Highway 1069 north of Ingleside, on Kenny Lane. No pets allowed. No Alcohol allowed.