Wishing everyone a Safe and Happy 4th of July! The AMWA administrative offices will be closed on Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th in observance of the holiday. We will continue regular Lake Patrol over the weekend. Should you have an emergency on Lake Athens, please contact our Lake Patrol Officer at 903-203-8401. As for fireworks . . .
PLEASE REMEMBER - FIREWORKS ARE PROHIBITED ON AMWA PROPERTY. This means that you cannot have fireworks anywhere in the 448' - on boathouse, piers, grassy areas, or otherwise. Rules for fireworks above the 448' are governed by either the City or County, depending upon where your property lies. Persons ignoring this, will be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and fined accordingly.
Rather than risk a fine, please consider joining in the fun at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center. The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center will open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for regular paid visitation. Free admission for the fireworks show will start at 4 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to fish in the stocked casting pond until 8:30 p.m. while waiting for the fireworks, which will begin about 9 p.m.No license is required to fish, and bait and tackle are furnished for free as long as supplies last. Fishing ends approximately 30 minutes before the fireworks begin. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and people are enouraged to bring picnics. KCKL (FM 95.5) will broadcast patriotic music during the show. Pets, alcohol, tobacco products and private fireworks, including "snap caps" and sparklers, are not allowed. The event has become an area tradition, with many people dressing in red, white and blue in keeping with the holiday theme. Parking is available in the main TFFC parking lot and in an overflow parking area on Peninsula Point Road. Persons using the overflow parking area may enter through Gate C, which is across the street from the parking area. The fireworks show is sponsored and paid for by the City of Athens, local businesses and individuals.
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