Lake Toledo Bend Attractions: Patricia Huffman Smith NASA Museum

Lake Toledo Bend Attractions: Patricia Huffman Smith NASA Museum

Lake Toledo Bend offers many different attractions to visitors. Besides lake activities, there are many things to do as a family. One place to add to your bucket list for the Lake Toledo Bend area is visiting the Patricia Huffman Smith NASA Museum.

Remembering Columbia

The focus of this NASA museum is “Remembering Columbia.” Columbia disintegrated over the Eastern portion of Texas upon re-entry into the atmosphere to land in 2003. Columbia is the first orbiter fleet used in test program missions (STS 1 through STS 4).

Touring the Museum

Touring the museum offers information about the journey through this first historical flight. Information is also presented on the two individuals who gave their lives up via the mission’s return.

Location, Hours, & Admission

The NASA Museum is located at 375 Sabine Street in Hemphill, Texas. Regular operating hours are from 10 am to 5 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays. The museum is closed on Sundays unless individual reservations are acquired. Admission pricing for entrance is $5 per adult and $3 per student. For more info, please call 409-787-4827.



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Fishing Report from TPWD (Jun. 12)

GOOD. Water slightly stained; 80 degrees; 0.77 feet above pool. The lake level is over full and flood gates are back open. They have five gates open at 1 foot each. It is flooding north of the lake now, so lots of water is still to come. Bass fishing has been fair, lots of fish being caught in the flooded bushes and hay grass from 1-4 feet with topwaters, frogs and spinnerbaits been best. There are still lots of fish out in 10-18 feet, but with water back on rise, they have got harder to catch. Crankbaits and Texas rigs will catch these. We just need some sunshine for a week or so to get it back to normal. Crappie fishing has been hard. Most reports are 12-18 fish per boat. Deeper docks and brush piles are the best with jigs and live bait. Report by Stephen Johnston, Johnston Fishing.

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