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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 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

Special Session : Monday, October 6th, 7:00 pm,
Location:  City Hall, 1533 E. Hwy. 276, West Tawakoni, TX 75474

Regular Monthly Meeting: Tuesday, October 14th , 7:00 pm
Location:  City Hall, 1533 E. Hwy. 276, West Tawakoni, TX 75474

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. 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.

Congratulations Sgt. Dominguez!

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Chief Kilpatrick awarded Sgt. Dominguez with his two year pin and his FTO (Field Training Officer) pin today at city hall.

National Night Out

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

For the first time ever, the West Tawakoni Police Department has partnered with the National Association of Town Watch and will be participating in the 31st Annual National Night Out (NNO).

The National Night Out is a unique crime prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). The event is scheduled for Tuesday, October 7, 2014. We cordially invite you and your community to be a part of our Night Out 2014 Team.

Last year’s National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from 16,124 communities from all 50 States, U. S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, 37.8 million people participated. This year’s 31st Annual NNO will be the biggest ever!

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Please do your part by displaying outdoor lights and front porch vigils. Celebrate with your neighbors, some are planning block parties and cookouts, plus there will be visits from local police and fire departments NNO has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer nation. Plus, the benefits your community will derive from NNO will most certainly extend well beyond the one night.

Your support is appreciated. We hope to see everyone out doing their part!

9-11 Day Program today at City Park

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Upcoming Events

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

Oct 7th    - National Night Out 

Oct 31st  - Trunk or Treat, 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