Athens, TX
Texas Outside Rating: 7.4

Acres Of Water & Miles Of Shoreline
1,799 acres and 0 miles of shoreline


Brief Overview:

Lake Athens is a small 1799 acre lake with a gently rolling shoreline that is developed with some huge expensive homes. There are a couple of fingers of the la

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A Typical Texas Outsider Day

It's fun to cruise this small lake which has a tree lined shoreline with beautiful homes. There are a few places to drop an anchor and fish or swim. The lake doesn't get much boat traffic so it's easy to find some calm water for boarding or skiing. We also enjoy the food and deck at the Lake Athens Marina restaurant. The food is pretty good.

Occassionally, we will stop by Texas Fisheries Center and let the grandkids view and catch fish.

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Other Cool Things To Do:

Outside of cruising, fishing, and skiing, and stopping to eat at the restaurant, there isn't anything else to do on Lake Athens.

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What To Do If No Boat:

If you don't have a boat, then you're not going to find much to do here. We don't know of any public beaches or parks and there are no nearby boat rentals that we know of.

Nearby Activities:

Visit the Athens Chamber of Commerce to find some attractions, lodging, and events. The grandkids really enjoyed the Texas Fisheries Center.

Restaurants, Bars, & Music:

There is only one restaurant on the water, Lake Athens Marina restaurant which serves good food, drinks, and has a deck overlooking the lake.

Wake Boarding & Skiing:

You shouldn't have any problem finding some smooth water unless it's really windy. There is very little boat traffic to cause you a problem.


According to Texas Parks & Wildlife: This lake is known for largemouth bass in the 3- to 8-pound range but has produced a lake record of 13.81 pounds. Sunfishes provide excellent opportunities for fly fishing anglers and catches up to 10 inches in length are not unusual. Crappie are few in number but are usually of good size. White bass commonly reach 16-18 inches

Emergent vegetation is abundant in the upper end of the reservoir above the 2892 bridge. Some inundated timber is still standing at mid-lake. The dam offers riprap along the face and submerged structure is available surrounding Goat Island.

Tips & Tactics: Spring is the best time of year for largemouth bass. Fish follow typical east Texas patterns. Sunfish become more active as the water warms and can be found around stands of native vegetation. Fly fishing is particularly good from a float tube or floating platform. Crappie and white bass are most active from February through May.

Species Poor Fair Good Excellent
Largemouth Bass
White Bass

*Courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife

Camping, Waterfront Lodging, and Day Use Parks

Lake Athens Marina has some campsites on the lake, but we don't know of any other rental property.

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Ramps & Marinas

Lake Athens Marina has the only public ramp on the lake.

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Texas Outside Lakes Rating Scale

Texas Outside rates lakes on a 1 to 10 scale based on:

  • Beauty: high scores are given for lots of trees, hills, or pretty houses
  • Water Clarity: if you’re standing in two feet of water and can’t see your toes or the water has a deep brown color, we’re talking a 1
  • Water Conditions:  rough water with waves over a foot (good for PWCs or surfing) due to consistent wind or boat wakes don’t rate high on our scale
  • Skiing & Board Conditions:  on the weekends if you can typically find a good cove or part of the lake with glass, we’re talking a 10
  • Beaches:  don’t you hate those beaches when you step into the water you sink in mud up to your knees and loose your flip-flops or it’s all slime and weeds or small rocks – if so, that’s a 1
  • Fun Scale: lakes scoring a 10 have fun restaurants and bars, great coves for raft ups or swimming, and fun rental toys
  • Cruising & Touring:  if you can cruise the lake and look at beautiful houses, nice marinas, pretty coves, or anything similar it will score high
  • Restaurants & Bars:  nothing better than cruising over and having some good food and listening to some great music on the deck of a fun restaurant – the ride back with smooth water and a fun moon is also pretty cool – we’re talking a 10
  • Safety Level: lakes with lots of wild and crazy jet skiers or fast cigarette boats will score low
  • Camping:  we’re looking for beautiful spacious sites right on the water with a nice sandy beach to swim and park the boat
  • Fishing:  the bigger the better and they have to be easy to hook


*Fishing information was provided with permission of the Texas Parks and Wildlife ( in 2006. Texas Parks and Wildlife does not endorse Texas Outside or information presented on ©Copyright Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

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