The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens is set to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week on June 1 by offering free fishing for the whole family and even free admission for kids 12 and under!

In addition to the free fishing, there will be free hot dogs, chips and drinks served from 9am to 4pm thanks to the employees of the Athens Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Kids can also win prizes in a catfishing tournament. There will also be an alligator feeding you can watch at 3:30pm!

National Fishing and Boating Week comes at the start of the summer vacation season and is designed to encourage families to spend time together on and around water. No fishing license is required anywhere in the state on the first Saturday in June, which is designated Free Sportfishing Day.

The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is located four miles east of Athens on FM 2495.   Hours are 9 to 4 Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 Sunday. Usual admission is $5.50 for adults; seniors, $4.50; children 4-12, $3.50. For information go to or call (903) 676-2277.