Visiting TFFC

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ANNOUNCEMENT: The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is currently closed to the public for renovations with a tentative reopening in Spring 2025. More details about the renovation can be found in this news release.

Built as a joint venture between TPWD, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and the community of Athens, TFFC combines a Visitor Center, educational programming and a production freshwater hatchery. Developed on a 107-acre site, the facility includes a over 300,000 gallons of indoor and outdoor aquariums displaying dozens of species of native fish, waterfowl, alligators and amphibians in recreated habitats. A 14,000-sq.ft conservation center completed in 2007 provides space for meetings and special events.

Please note that pets are not allowed at the center.

Public Hours:
March-August: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.–4 p.m.
September-February: Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.–4 p.m

Fishing at TFFC

No fishing license is required.

We provide fishing tackle to borrow. This includes rod/reel, single barbless hook and bobber. We also provide bait at no charge. You may bring your own fishing tackle. Hooks must be single and barbless. All tackle brought to TFFC must be inspected by staff at the Anglers Pavilion.

Restrictions on outside bait: Visitors may not bring any freshwater organism dead or alive such as fish, crayfish or aquatic insects into TFFC. This is to protect our waters and fish. Visitors may fish with commercially-prepared baits in their original containers or natural baits such as crickets, chicken livers, worms or corn, provided those baits have been inspected and approved by staff at the Anglers Pavilion.

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Take the Virtual Tour

View interactive TFFC map

Download TFFC facility map media download(PDF 125.3 KB)

TFFC offers something of interest to everyone who has ever been fascinated by water and the plants and animals that make up the aquatic world. Use our interactive map and list of exhibits to explore online.