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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, May 13th - Regular Session 7:00 pm
Location:  City Hall, 1533 E. Hwy. 276, West Tawakoni, TX 75474



Washington, D.C. – The City of West Tawakoni has joined over 21,000 communities nationwide that are allowed to purchase federally backed flood insurance. This availability follows the community’s adoption and enforcement of ordinances to reduce flood losses and acceptance by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

The City of West Tawakoni is now a participant in the NFIP effective on March 3, 2014. Residents of the City of West Tawakoni will be able to purchase flood insurance up to the limits under the Regular Phase of the program. However, there is a 30-day waiting period before flood insurance coverage goes into effect. For single-family dwellings, the building coverage limit is $250,000, and the contents coverage limit is $100,000. Renters can also protect their belongings by purchasing contents coverage. For commercial properties, the building and contents coverage limits are both $500,000.

Lenders must require borrowers whose properties are located in a designated flood hazard area to purchase flood insurance as a condition of receiving a federally backed mortgage loan in accordance with the Federal Disaster Protection Act of 1973.

The NFIP is implemented through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. There are over 5.5 million flood insurance policies in more than 21,000 participating communities nationwide.


City Has Successful Cleanup

mayor and boatThe City of West Tawakoni and its new Keep West Tawakoni Beautiful chapter coordinated a very successful cleanup event Saturday, April 5, at the city sewer plant. More than 177 vehicles came through the sewer plant gates loaded with trash and garbage of all descriptions, including old furniture and appliances, yard waste, tires and whatever else they could find laying around their yards or their neighborhoods. By the time the day was over we had filled eight 40-yard dumpsters with trash headed to the landfill and collected around 500 old tires which will be recycled.

In addition, the West Tawakoni Volunteer Fire Department burned all the yard waste, tree limbs and trunks brought in and pulled several trailer-loads of metals from the trash which they took to a nearby metal recycler, giving them a nice boost to their finances. Thanks to the other steering committee members who helped keep track of vehicles and people, Carol Welch and Mary Hall, along with Karen Cory who at the last minute produced a great sign for the gate.

And a special thank you to city employees Dwayne Hall, the code enforcement officer, who helped put everything together and two members of the public works department, Jeremy Caviness and Will Howell, who went above and beyond in helping people unload, keeping everyone moving and organized and packing down materials in the dumpsters. Even Mayor Calvin Travers got into the act, using his four-wheeler to pull an abandoned boat from a nearby neighbor’s yard to the sewer plant, where it also went into the dumpster.

Kathie Magers
Steering Committee Chair

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