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Photos by Pam Rendall-Bass

Refuge Information

Featuring 11,000 acres of outdoor recreation opportunities, Hagerman NWR is the largest natural space in North Texas freely available to the public. It is an excellent destination for BirdingHiking,  Wildlife ViewingFishing, Boating and regulated Hunting

Like many national wildlife refuges, Hagerman NWR has a very active Friends organization who offer a variety of nature-themed, family-friendly Events, Tram Tours of the refuge, Seminars and Field Trips for schools, scouts and other groups. In addition, the Photo Club hosts informative meetings, seminars and field trips.

  • Admission to the refuge and visitor center, parking and all events and activities are free (except where stated otherwise)
  • Drive on any road unless gated
  • Please take care not to block gates when stopping or parking.
  • Leashed dogs and bicycles (including e-bikes) are welcome.
  • Kayaks and other non-motorized boats are welcome with some restrictions.
  • Restrooms are located at the Visitor Center, Environmental Education Park, the Goode Picnic Area, Big Mineral Picnic Area and Sandy Day Use Area.
Refuge lands are open every day of the year, from sunrise until sunset.

Visitor Center Hours:

  • Monday Through Saturday: 9am to 4pm
  • Sunday: 1pm to 5pm
  • Open everyday except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years

Refuge Office Hours:

  • Monday Through Friday: 7:30am to 4pm
  • Closed for federal holidays

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

America The Beautiful Park Passes

Park Passes are sold by refuge staff. Ring the door-bell at the window inside the Visitor Center for staff assistance.   More information

Note: Nature Nook volunteers may not sell park passes

For more information, please visit our FAQ page or More on Refuge Rules.

Questions?  Contact Us

Lucy by Donnie Simmons

Stay up to date with current events and wildlife at the refuge!

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Left to Right: Mike Petrick, Nancy Riggs, Jack Chiles and Terry Goode

Every Tuesday Jack Chiles and his team of experienced birders perform a refuge-wide bird census.  View his full report, including field notes.

Birding with Jack Bird Census

Enjoy a ninety minute tour of the refuge.  Learn about the town flooded to create Lake Texoma while enjoying the birds and other wildlife.

Tram Tours  Private Group Tram

With different nature-themed topics every month,  the kids will love our children's program: The Refuge Rocks!  Reservations are required.

The Refuge Rocks! 

For nature crafts you can do at home with detailed instructions, visit:

Puddles' Craft Corner

Refuge Update:

Need an outing?  Enjoy the Auto Tour from the comfort of your vehicle, and check out all of the new educational items in the Nature Nook. It's a great time to visit the refuge!

Haller's Haven and Raasch Hiking Trails, Godwin, Goode and Meyers Units will be closed for 2023 archery deer hunts on:

Nov 04 – Nov 06,  Nov 17 – Nov 19,  Dec 01 – Dec 03

ALL HIKING TRAILS, Big Mineral, Sandy, Godwin, Goode, Meyers, and SE Harris Creek Units will be closed for a feral hog hunt Jan 19, 2024 – Jan 21, 2024

Current Events

All events are free and open to the public, some may require Membership

Recent Sightings

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Gulf Fritillary by Brenda Kay Edwards

Little Blue Heron by Mary Binford

American Pelicans by Mary Binford

White-faced Ibis by Chris Balsamo

More photos on Photo Club Facebook

also view our BIrds of Hagerman List

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.

Photo by Pam Rendall-Bass

Bobcat by Brenda Kay Edwards

Timber Rattlesnake 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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