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The Catfish Capital of Texas

Catfish Capital

In 2001, the Texas Legislature declared West Tawakoni the "Catfish Capital of Texas."
West Tawakoni is the “Catfish Capital” of Texas for a good reason. We are located on the west side of Lake Tawakoni which boasts some of the biggest blue cats in the south, and has on more than one occasion produced multiple 5 fish stringers over 200lbs! Lake Tawakoni boasts 225 miles of shoreline, with a large abundance of Crappie, Black Bass, Sand Bass, Striped Bass, Hybrid Bass which of course help feed its “MONSTER” Catfish.

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Welcome to West Tawakoni

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A Note From Our Mayor


We are glad to have you visit our community. West Tawakoni is surrounded on three sides by Lake Tawakoni. We pride ourselves as a recreational area for visitors and as home to many folks who work in Dallas, Mesquite, Garland and other suburbs of the Metroplex. We are in south Hunt County and offer the best of "small town living". We are part of Quinlan Independent School District, offering excellent educational opportunities. 

Our City Park offers thousands of feet of shoreline to offer you a great camping, fishing, boating and play area. You can bring you own camper or rent one of ours to get the full benefit of camping and enjoying the outdoors. We have pavilions available to rent for your picnics and family outings.

Hwy 276 separates the North part of town from the South. Lake Tawakoni holds both State and National records for catfish, however it is also home to ample stripers, crappie and hybrids. Several RV parks afford rental spaces for more permanent visitors.

Greenville is 20 miles to our North. Dallas is 45 miles to our West. Terrell is 20 miles to our South. So whatever your needs or whatever your destination. take time to visit West Tawakoni. We will be waiting for you.

Thank you,

Calvin Travers

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Upcoming City Council Meetings

Regular Monthly Meeting: Tuesday, February 10th , 7:00 pm
Location:  City Hall, 1533 E. Hwy. 276, West Tawakoni, TX 75474

Upcoming Committee and Board Meetings

EDC Meeting:  Monday, February 2nd at 5 pm 
Location:  City Hall, West Tawakoni, TX 75474

Emergency Notification System

The City of West Tawakoni is in the early stages of implementing an emergency notification system using IRIS/TechRadium, Inc. – MASS NOTIFICATION SERVICE. Residential land lines and/or cell phones are included in this system. 

As part of the prep work for activation of this system for our citizens we are asking everyone that is interested in participation to fill out the application and mail it to West Tawakoni City Hall, 1533 E State Hwy. 276, West Tawakoni, TX 75474

You can contact City Hall at 903-447-2285 for additional information.

Please print and fill out the application and return it to City Hall.ENS Application

City Survey

We are interested in your opinion on the following item: The City of West Tawakoni is considering adopting a Designated Name for State Highway 276 within the City and would like your suggestions. 

Please take a moment to fill out our online survey and let us know what you think!


USDA Home Repair Program

USDA, Rural Development’s Section 504
Loan/Grant Home Repair Program


  • Assist eligible very low‐income owner occupants in rural areas repair their single family home.
  • Rural areas include open country and places with population of 10,000.
  • For specific eligible areas, check our eligibility website: http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction.do or contact the local Rural Development Office.

View the USDA Flyer for this program here

Time to register your pets!

It's that time of year again...time to register your pets with the City – City Ordinance states ALL pets in the City must be registered annually by January 31st of each New Year.

Registration requires a copy of Rabies Shot Records for each pet and a $10.00 fee per household. Over 62 or SSI Handicapped do not have to pay for registration. Each residence may have up to a total of four (4) pets, dogs, cats or a combination of the two. Failure to register pets can result in citations, as can permitting pets to run at large.

You can pick up a registration form at City Hall or download and print it out from the City website here:

http://cityofwesttawakoni.com/ images/pdf/ pet%20registration%20form.pdf


The City of West Tawakoni intends to file an application with USDA-Rural Development for funds to construct Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements.

The City will hold a public meeting at 6:30 P.M. on February 10, 2015, at the City Hall located at 1533 East Highway 276, West Tawakoni, Texas 75474. The USDA-Rural Development application will be on the agenda for the regular council meeting to give area residents the opportunity to become acquainted with the proposed project, request service and comment on such items as economic impacts, environmental impacts, service area or alternatives to the project. Copies of the agenda for this meeting can be obtained at the City Hall between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:30 P.M.

Susan Roberts
City Administrator

Statement Issued by City

Susan Roberts, West Tawakoni City Administrator, released a statement today on the January 13th incident involving the West Tawakoni Police Department stating that the incident is still under investigation and further information will be provided upon completion of that investigation.

"The County has now completed its investigation. The City of West Tawakoni now has possession of the vehicle and has now started its own investigation, based on inspection of the vehicle, dash cams of all three agencies, and the city's "Use of Force" policy and procedures. Upon completion of the investigation I will provide you with a final statement. I am very thankful that no one was seriously injured during this incident.

Susan Roberts, City Administrator"

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West Tawakoni City Hall, 1533 E State Hwy. 276, West Tawakoni, TX 75474  Phone:(903) 447-2285