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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.

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 Memorial 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, September 9th - Regular Session 7:00 pm
Location:  City Hall, 1533 E. Hwy. 276, West Tawakoni, TX 75474

Upcoming Committee and Board Meetings

Keep West Tawakoni Beautiful Steering Committee: Wednesday, Sept 17th, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
Location:West Tawakoni City Hall Annex Building, 1533 E. Hwy. 276, West Tawakoni, TX 75474

Burn Ordinance Approved by City Council

ORDINANCE NO. 232-5-14-2013 was passed and approved on 5-14-2013

Restrictions and Requirements of the new burn ordinance include (but are not limited to):

• You must notify the Police Department at 903-447-3605 (this is an answering machine) at least 2 hours prior to initiating a burn (Section A)

• Location of a burn must be at least 300 ft from any structure and contained in an approved pit (Section B-1)

• Burn must be constantly attended by a competent person until extinguished and such person must have a garden hose connected to a water supply or have other fire extinguishing equipment readily available for use (Section B-2)

• The predicted wind speed must be greater than five miles per hour (mph) and less than 24 mph during the burn period (Section E-3b)

Click here to read the Burn Ordinance in full

Place 5 Council Seat Filled

Donna Milburn Appointed to Place 5 seat

The place 5 council seat, left vacant with the resignation of Amy Shoemake, was filled at Tuesday nights City Council meeting when Dr. Donna Milburn was appointed by the Council to the seat.

Dr. Milburn will fill the unexpired term for place 5 on the West Tawakoni City Council and is expected to file for the next full term place 5 seat in the November 2014 election.

The new councilwoman was administered the oath of office by Judge Hershey Barnett.


Proposed Property Tax Rate 2014

New Water Line and Fire Hydrants

Tawakoni Grove and Arrowhead Subdivisions

Monday, Aug. 25th, 2014

West Tawakoni Public Works employees working on the new water line and fire hydrants going into portions of the Tawakoni Grove and Arrowhead subdivisions

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Yard of the Month Contest

The Keep West Tawakoni Beautiful Steering Committee has begun a Yard of the Month competition for homeowners in the city of West Tawakoni water service area. They will select one yard in the months of June, July, August and September this year, and hope to do the same for six months next year.

The prize each month will be a $25 gift card from Steve’s Nursery on Hwy. 34 in Cash, which is co-sponsoring the competition.

To nominate your own yard or someone else’s, please email the owner’s name and/or address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. KWTB committee members will make the selection each month. There will also be a sign placed in the winning yard for one month.

Yard of the Month for August

Yard of the month - AugustKathie Magers, chair of the Keep West Tawakoni Beautiful steering committee, presents a $25 Steve’s Nursery gift certificate to Art and Jo Dobbs, winners of the group’s August Yard of the Month competition. Also shown are KWTB committee members, Carol Welch, Mary Hall and Dwayne Hall.

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Oct 2 -4  - Catfish Festival, West Tawakoni City Park 

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