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Featuring 11,000 acres of outdoor recreation opportunities, Hagerman NWR is an excellent destination for Birding and Wildlife Viewing.  In fact, Jack Chiles and a van full of experienced birders perform a thorough bird census of the entire refuge every week.  They publish their results along with a detailed summary here:

 Birding with Jack: Our Weekly Bird Census 

HikingFishing, Boating, and regulated Hunting are also very popular at Hagerman NWR.  In addition, the Friends of Hagerman offer many activities, Events, SeminarsVolunteer Opportunities for individuals, and Field Trips for schools, scouts and other groups.

  • Drive on any road unless gated
  • Park anywhere: please take care not to block gates.
  • Admission to the refuge, parking, tram tours and other events/activities are free, funded by donations.
  • Leashed dogs and non-motorized bikes are welcome.

Refuge lands are open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year.  

Painted Bunting by Donnie Simmons

Indigo Bunting by Donnie Simmons

Visitor Center Hours:

  • Monday Through Saturday: 9am to 4pm
  • Sunday: 1pm to 5pm
The Visitor Center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day

    For more information, please visit our FAQ Page

    or see More on Refuge Rules

    Questions?  Contact Us

    Check out the latest Featherless Flyer Newsletter

    The speed limit is 20 mph throughout the refuge.  Exceeding the speed limit may result in a Federal ticket.

    Lucy by JRolinc Photography 

    Refuge Update:

    Need an outing?  Enjoy the Audio Auto Tour from the comfort of your vehicle, and check out all of the new educational items in the Nature Nook.  The visitor center is open Monday through Saturday 9-4, Sunday 1-5.  It's a great time to visit the refuge!

    Recent Sightings:

    Timber Rattlesnake

    By Jessi Vernon

    Bobcat by Donnie Simmons

    Green Heron By Laurie Sheppard

    Mississippi Kite by Pam Rendall-Bass

    More photos on our Photo Facebook Page;

    Refuge Rocks Presents:

    A Special Fishing Event!

    Ages 4-16

    Saturday, June 10th, 9:00 to 11:00 AM, at the pond on Refuge Road just before the Visitor Center

    Let's celebrate Texas Free Fishing Day by coming out to the refuge to fish with us! This special Refuge Rocks event for ages 4-16 will be held on Saturday June 10 at 9:00 to 11:00 AM. We provide poles and bait or you may bring your own. We will also have some fishy craft fun! Parent or other responsible adult must accompany children. Sturdy shoes, hats, sunscreen and insect repellent recommended, as well as lawn chairs or blankets. You may bring a picnic lunch and non-alcoholic beverages, no glass containers please! No advanced registration needed for this event. Event will be cancelled in case of rain. 

    For more information, contact cathyvanbebber@gmail.com

    US Fish and Wildlife Service Mission

    We work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

    Friends Organizations are crucial to the collective mission of the Refuge System to conserve and protect the wildlife of this great nation and help millions of Americans understand that their actions today determine the legacy we leave for tomorrow.

    A Parting Shot by Pam Rendall-Bass

    Friends of Hagerman Mission

    Friends of Hagerman NWR Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to instill reverence, respect, and conservation of our wild creatures and habitats through supporting environmental education, recreational activities, and programs of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    White-eyed Vireo by Pam Rendall-Bass

    Summer Tanager by Donnie Simmons

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    Events and activities hosted by the Friends of Hagerman are funded by donations and powered solely by volunteers.  There are no fees for admission to the refuge or parking; the refuge is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year, drive on any road unless gated.

    6465 Refuge Road

    Sherman, TX 75092


    Kroger: Stop by the customer service desk at Kroger and link your Kroger Card to the Friends of Hagerman: the Friends will get rewards for every dollar you spend, at no cost to you.

    Please add friendsofhagerman@gmail.com to your contacts to ensure delivery of registration confirmations, account information and the Featherless Flyer

    Special thanks to Nancy Miller for the amazing photo of the Visitor Center 

    See you at the refuge!

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