Texas Lakes Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Athens: Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

The best outdoor entertainment value in East Texas just keeps on getting better! Indoor or covered exhibits make for perfect entertainment year-round, rain or shine. With over 300,000 of aquaria, you'll have a chance to see practically every freshwater species of fish found in Texas! This unique Texas Parks and Wildlife Department facility is a combination aquatic education center, native Texas fish aquarium and production fish hatchery. Visitors can view fish (including the world record blue catfish, Splash) in simulated natural habitats, learn about the history of sport fishing, walk a wetlands trail or take a narrated tram tour of the production hatchery. Daily dive shows let visitors see fish hand-fed in a 26,000-gallon aquarium. Free fishing with all equipment provided and no license required is available in a stocked casting pond. Dive shows at 11am Monday-Friday, 11am and 2pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday. 


  • 5550 FM 2495
  • Athens, Texas
  • 75752


Hours & Fees

  • Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Closed major holidays.

  • Adult: $ 5.50, Ages 65 and over: $4.50, Children (Ages 4-12): $3.50 

Map & Directions

Located East of Athens on FM 2495