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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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Toledo Bend Lake Fishing Report from TPWD (Jul. 1)

FAIR. Water slightly stained; 82-83 degrees; 1.21’ low. Black bass are good staying shallow early and on cloudy days. Water clarity varies by location as the south is clear and better for the daytime bite. Wacky rigs, square billed crankbaits, and topwaters remain the best to tie on. Striped bass remain fair to slow in deep water. White bass are good schooling late in the afternoons in the many creeks and caught on spoons. Crappie are fair suspended over their brush piles in 25-26 feet, suspended 13-14 feet from surface using live shiners. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait.