White Rock Creek

River in United States of America

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Coordinates: 32°58′06″N 96°48′32″W / 32.968347°N 96.808891°W / 32.968347; -96.808891

A view of White Rock Creek in early spring, clearly showing the ubiquitous white chalk from which the creek takes its name.

White Rock Creek is a 30-mile (48.3 km) creek (cf. river) occupying a chain of four sub-watersheds [1] within the Trinity River Headwaters watershed. From its source near Frisco, Texas at 42°21'36"N/96°46'54.58"W, this creek runs south-by-south-east through suburban Dallas for 23.5 miles (37.8 km) where it widens into White Rock Lake, then continues south for another 8 miles (12.9 km) to its mouth at 32°43'25"N/96°44'02"W on the Trinity River, of which it is a major tributary.

Despite running through one of the most populous areas of Texas, and flowing under many major roads and highways, its banks remain heavily wooded and undisturbed in many places and many local parks are situated within its watershed, which is generally considered to extend 2 to 2.5 miles (3.2 to 4 km) either side of its path.

At least eight "White Rock Creeks" exist in the Dallas metro area; this article describes the White Rock Creek of Collin County and Dallas County, Texas which feeds into White Rock Lake.


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