Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Athens Texas

The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is hosting a special event, the Nikon Small World Exhibit Aug 02nd – Oct 22nd 2008.  This exhibit displays 20 winning microphotographs taken through microscopes.  The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, 4 miles east of the town of Athens, Texas is a 107 acre site consisting of a visitor center, a production freshwater hatchery, 300,000 gallons of indoor and outdoor aquariums and educational programs.  Native fish, waterfowl, alligators and amphibians live in recreated habitats.  Scuba divers hand feed the fish in the tanks Tuesday-Friday at 11A.M., Saturdays at 11A.M. and 2P.M. and Sundays at 2P.M. in a show that allows visitors to ask the diver questions by way of a 2-way communication while underwater.  Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is the headquarters for the Budweiser Sharelunker Program allowing anglers who catch large mouth bass 13lbs and up to donate them for spawning purposes.  You are almost guaranteed to catch a fish when you through your line into Lake Zebco, a 1.2 acre pond stocked with channel catfish and sunfish year round as well as rainbow trout during winter.  Rod, reels and bait are provided at no charge.  The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is located 75 miles southeast of Dallas, Texas.  Admission is $5.50 per adult, $4.50 seniors 65 yrs and older and $3.50 children ages 4-12 yrs.  They are open Tuesday-Saturday 9A.M.-4P.M. and Sunday from 1P.M.-4P.m.  For more information call 903-676-2277.

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