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Water Safety Programs

Visitor’s safety is of the utmost importance to the US Army Corps of Engineers so we encourage you to attend and participate in our various water safety programs throughout the traditional recreation season.  Bobber the Water Safety Dog along with his friends, present programs to teach children and adults water safety tips such as “Reach, Throw, Don’t Go” and how to recognize the signs of drowning.  Watch for these programs in your campground or day use area!

The 1940 era silo located in Lofers Bend Day Use area serves as a unique canvas for a special message to boaters and swimmers.

The silo was a standard grain silo used by area farmers in the years prior to construction of the lake. The silos were left in place after the Corps of Engineers began construction of the lake. After securing approval from the Texas Historical Commission, the silo was painted with a nonpermanant message to remind boaters and swimmers of the importance of wearing a personal floatation device (PFD) while involved in water activities.

Life Jacket Loaner Boards

The US Army Corps of Engineers provides life jackets for the public to borrow during their visit to Whitney Lake day use areas and campgrounds.  There are five Life Jacket Loaner Stations around the lake which house various sizes of life jackets.  Visitors are welcome to find a life jacket that fits properly and use the life jacket for the time period in which they are in the park.  Before leaving the park, all life jackets should be returned to the Life Jacket Loaner Station so other visitors can benefit from this program as well.

Please take a few moments to read the following precautions that should be taken when at the lake.

  1. Learn to swim.
  2. Never swim alone.
  3. Swim only in designated areas.
  4. Watch children at all times. NEVER leave a child unattended while near the water.
  5. Wear a lifejacket. Children under the age of 13 are required by law to wear PFDs while on the water in the State of Texas.
  6. Alcohol and water do not mix. NEVER consume alcohol while boating or swimming.
  7. Never rely on toys such as inner tubes and rafts to stay afloat.
  8. Do not over estimate your ability to swim.
  9. Never dive into lakes or rivers.
  10. Boaters should observe all warning signs and buoys. Please use caution when boating in unfamiliar waters.

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Wear your life jacket