Praries & Lakes
Lake Athens
Lake Athens Information:
The lake was impounded on Flat Creek in 1962 and has a maximum depth of 50 feet. It is used for municipal water supply, flood regulation, and recreation. Predominant fish species include largemouth bass, white bass, crappie, and redear sunfish. There are no available lake maps. The lake is owned and operated by the Athens Municipal Water Authority. It is located just east of Athens off FM 2495.
Lake Athens Location Map 
Lake Athens TPWD Public Access Facilities Map 
Current Lake Athens Lake Level
Flat Creek:
The creek rises a mile west of Ash Cemetery, Texas in north central Henderson County. It originally flowed southeast for 21 miles to its mouth on the Neches River. When Lake Palestine was constructed in the early 1960s, the lower 7 miles of the creek were inundated. The creek now enters Lake Palestine 1.5 miles west of the FM 314 Bridge. The creek is dammed in its upper reaches to form Lake Athens.  
Lake Athens Marina, Restaurant and RV Park:
The Lake Athens Marina and RV Park is the only public access facility on Lake Athens. Amenities include 46 RV sites with full hookups, a dump station, RV and boat storage, a marina restaurant serving good fried catfish, shrimp, hamburgers and steaks, a picnic pavilion, an event center, a Laundromat, restrooms with showers, propane, Wi-Fi, a bait shop, a courtesy dock, a two lane paved public boat ramp (no fees), a gas dock, and a convenience store selling ice, drinks and snacks. Open year round. (903) 675-7275. 5401 Marina Drive, Athens. Lake Athens is located 5 miles east of Athens, south of FM 317. From SH 31 in Athens, take FM 2495 across from Super Wal-Mart. Go east 1 mile. The ramp and restaurant/store are on the right at the far end of the bridge.  Email  Restaurant Reviews
Fishing Lake Athens:
Predominant fish species include largemouth bass, white bass, and crappie and redear sunfish. There are no available lake maps. This lake is subject to special fishing regulations
Current Survey Report 
Lake Records 
Fish Stocking History 

Kings Creek (Fishing) Adventures:
Jason Barber offers guided fishing tours on the Cedar Creek Reservoir, Richland Chambers Lake, Lake Tawakoni, Lake Athens, Lake Fork, and at Purtis Creek State Park. (903) 887-7896.  Email

Dakota Jones Fishing Guide Services:
Dakota offers guided fishing trips on Lake Athens and Lake Fork. (509) 309-5252.  Email 

J & J Fishing Guide Service:
J.W. Peterson offers guided fishing trips on Lake Fork, Lake Tawakoni, Jim Chapman Lake (formerly Cooper Lake), Lake Athens, Lake Monticello, and Lake Holbrook. (214) 236-3320. 617 Kingsbridge Drive, Garland, Texas 75040.  Email  
ShareLunker Program, Largemouth Bass:
The ShareLunker program began in 1986 as a way to improve Texas’ largemouth bass population by selectively breeding trophy fish. It is limited to largemouth bass weighing 13 pounds or more. Fish must be weighted on certified or legal for trade scales. Possession of the live fish must be transferred to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department representative within 12 hours after capture. Since the program’s inception, more than 400 largemouth bass have been donated from 55 public reservoirs and more than a dozen private lakes. As the program grew it became apparent that a new fish hatchery that was specifically tailored to the program was needed. Specifications called for the facility to be built within 50 miles of Lake Fork, because the majority of big fish are caught there. In 1998 the Edwin L. Cox, Jr., Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, Texas was completed. Call (903) 676-2277. 24 hour pager: 1-888-784-0600. The Official ShareLunker Weigh & Holding Station for Lake Athens is the Edwin Cox Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center.  Official Weigh and Holding Stations
Edwin Cox Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Official Weigh Station/Certified Scales:  (903) 676-2277. 5550 FM 2495, Athens, Texas 75752.

Dakota Jones Fishing Guide Services:
Dakota offers guided fishing trips on Lake Athens and Lake Fork. (509) 309-5252.  Email 
Birding - Texas Prairies and Pineywoods west Birding Wildlife Trail:
Big Woods Loop: Palestine, Tennessee Colony, Cayuga, Kerens, Corsicana, Ennis, Bardwell, Athens, Fairfield, Mexia, Teague, Groesbeck, Marquez, Centerville, Leona
Lake Tyler Loop: Troup, Whitehouse, Tyler, Athens, Malakoff, Eustace, Mabank
Texas Birds Checklist
Bird Checklist for Pineywoods of Eastern Texas

Texas Wildflowers:
Due to budget constraints, TX-DOT no longer maintains a website offering spring wildflower sightings. Information is available at the Texas Highways Magazine.