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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: Thursday, March 26th , 6:00 pm
Location:  City Hall, 1533 E. Hwy. 276, West Tawakoni, TX 75474

Special Session - Public Hearing: Tuesday, April 7th , 6:00 pm
Location:  City Hall, 1533 E. Hwy. 276, West Tawakoni, TX 75474

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

Upcoming Committee and Board Meetings

West Tawakoni Leadership Meeting:  Tuesday, March 10th - 6 - 7 PM Before City Council Meeting
Location:  City Hall, West Tawakoni, TX 75474

Keep West Tawakoni Beautiful: Thursday,  March 19th at 4:30 pm 
Location:  City Hall Annex, West Tawakoni, TX 75474

Emergency Notification System

UPDATED March 17th 2015

IRIS Emergency Notification System for the City of West Tawakoni is now up and running. If you have not gotten your contact information in to the City please click below to make sure you are on the list to receive emergency notifications by phone (landline or cell phone). You can also stop by City Hall to fill out the form.

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

KWTB Yard of Month

Contest Starts in April

Keep West Tawakoni Beautiful will kick off its 2015 Yard of the Month competition in April, selecting one “Yard of the Month” monthly through September.

KWTB Steering Committee Chair Kathie Magers said winners of the competition each month once again will receive $25 gift certificates from Steve’s Nursery on Hwy. 34 in Cash.

Yards chosen must be well-maintained, have a pleasing overall appearance and have some landscaping elements in addition to plant materials and be free of trash and/or yard waste and inappropriate items.

Magers said that because of the area’s ongoing drought and current severe water use restrictions, they also will put emphasis on yards that use drought-tolerant or native plants and yard covers that do well without regular watering or can survive on rain water alone. The use of water-saving elements such as rain water collection systems, also will be considered.

The contest is open to all customers in the City of West Tawakoni Water System service area.

To nominate your home or that of someone else, either call Dwayne Hall at 903-447-2285, send an email to him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact one of the steering committee members.

Spring Cleanup Set for April 11

The City of West Tawakoni and its Keep West Tawakoni Beautiful Committee announce plans for the city’s annual spring cleanup and participation in the Great Texas Trash Off of Keep Texas Beautiful for Saturday, April 11, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the city’s Waste Water Treatment facility on Rabbit Cove Road.

The city has arranged for several dumpsters and staff to be at the sewer plant to help in the unloading of trash. As usual, people who have water and trash collection service from the city of West Tawakoni will be able to dispose of those things free which can’t be handled in weekly trash collections. We will accept such materials as old furniture, including mattresses and box springs, appliances, yard waste, old building materials, anything except hazardous wastes. That means no batteries or substances like oil, gasoline, fertilizers, some paints, and pesticides will be accepted.

Once again, members of the West Tawakoni Volunteer Fire Department will be on hand to collect old metal items brought in which they will sell to raise money for their activities.

Last year, the city also collected more than 600 old tires to be recycled at no cost to our citizens. However, this year there is no money in the code compliance budget to allow for that.

However, the Keep West Tawakoni Beautiful steering committee will be accepting old tires at the cleanup as a fund-raising project at a cost of $2 each for car and small truck tires with no rims and $4 per tire for those on rims. KWTB will pay the cost of the recycling and remaining funds will be used in their projects such as beautification and recycling.

If there are citizens who need help in getting their trash to the cleanup, please contact Dwayne Hall at 903-447-2285 and we will see if volunteers can be found to help you.

Please remember that to bring items to the event, you must have proof of residency in the city’s water service area.

West Tawakoni Police and Fire Easter Egg Hunt

The annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 4th,  at the West Tawakoni City Park
Bring your kids and cameras and have some fun!

Donations of plastic Easter Eggs and candy are badly needed!

Last year thousands of eggs were donated and it was a huge success. Unfortunately we have not had very many donations this year so we are asking residents to help out and donate plastic eggs and some bite sized candy to fill the eggs. The eggs do not need to be pre-filled with candy. You can drop off your donation of plastic eggs and candy at City Hall, 1533 E.State Hwy. 276 in West Tawakoni.

Notice of Public Hearing

The City of West Tawakoni will hold a Public Hearing on April 7, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the West Tawakoni City Hall 1533 East Highway 276 West Tawakoni, Texas 75472. The purpose of the meeting will be to hear public comments concerning any changes, amendments to text, regulations, classifications or boundaries of the zoning districts and/or zoning ordinance.

Citizens requesting to review or/receive a copy of the proposed new zoning ordinance, should call: 903-447-2285 and speak with Anette Lemons, City Secretary or Susan Roberts, City Administrator at least 72 hours in advance of the public hearing to make arrangements to review documents. Copies available upon request include charge for copies and labor.

Susan Roberts
City Administrator

Posted: March 17, 2015 by 2:30 p.m.

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