White Rock Lake is a reservoir in northeast Dallas. The lake itself was formed by damming what was formerly known as White Rock Creek. Today, White Rock Creek widens into White Rock Lake and eventually empties into the Trinity River. The lake stretches for 1,254 acres.
Before becoming a lake, White Rock was a collection of farms and a cemetery. In 1910, construction on White Rock Lake began to address a water shortage in Dallas. The lake was completed a year later and residential construction around the area increased. During the early 1930s, the Dallas Park Board began developing the lakeshores of the White Rock Lake into a municipal park. By 1992, White Rock Lake Park functioned as a center for recreational activity in central Dallas, offering picnic areas, bicycle lanes, and jogging paths.
White Rock Lake has become recognized as a hot spot for hosting outdoor activities. The most notable activity that White Rock offers is rowing. The park has a historical boathouse and dock that are used daily. Occasional boat races are also held here.
White Rock Lake is also known to host the White Rock Marathon every year. The White Rock Marathon is recognized as a top 10 marathon within the United States and serves as a Boston Marathon qualifier.
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