Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge FAQ
Helpful Quick Links:
How do I get to the Refuge?
From East Dallas: Go North on Highway 75 to US 82 west in Sherman. From US 82, exit onto Highway 289 north. Follow 289 for 4.5 miles and look for the Hagerman Refuge directional sign at Refuge Road. Turn left and the Refuge will be 4 miles ahead.
From Central Dallas: Take Hwy 289 north, cross over US 82 and travel for 4.5 miles. Look for the Hagerman NWR directional sign near Refuge Road. Turn Left and the Refuge will be 4 miles ahead.
From Oklahoma: Take Hwy 75 south to Exit# 69, Highway 120 in Denison, go west on 120 to FM1417, travel south to Refuge Road and turn right. The refuge will be 6 miles ahead. Coming from I-35 to the west, head east on US 82 then north on 289.
When is the refuge open?
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge General Rules and Regulations
Fishing on the Refuge
Boating on the Refuge
Hunting on the Refuge
We have seasonal hunting of deer, turkey, feral hog, rabbit, squirrel, and dove. For more information, visit:
Camping on the refuge? Are RV pads on the refuge for camping?
What is there to do on the refuge?
Do you sell America the Beautiful Passes / Senior / Access passes?
Yes. Refuge staff must be available to sell passes. You may get a pass from Monday through Friday 7:30am – 4:00pm passes are not available on the weekends or Federal Holidays.
Best time of the year to see birds?
It depends on the types of birds you want to see. For more information look here: Friends of Hagerman NWR Foundation - Birds
Where is the audio tour?
Down the entrance from the visitor center gate is the first stop. You can grab a pamphlet with more information on how to start the tour. For more information look here: Audio Auto Tour
Tram tours are now being done on both Saturday and Sunday. Sign up at the Friends of Hagerman website and input your information, there is no charge for the tour. Tour takes about 1.5 hours. Led by a refuge volunteer. Reservations: Friends of Hagerman NWR Foundation - Tram Tours
Bird counts on Tuesday mornings?
The bird count is lead by expert birder Jack Chiles every Tuesday, and his bird census results are reported to Cornell University. Occasionally, there is room in the van for an avid birder to join the group, contact us for more information.
Are dogs allowed on the refuge?
Dogs are welcome if they are on a leash at all times and under control of their owners. Picking up after pet is expected.
Do you allow airboats or jet skis on the Refuge?
No. They disturb the wildlife on the refuge.
Are Horses/ATV’s/Off Road Vehicles allowed on the Refuge?
Not on the Refuge. The Corps of Engineers does allow them on some of their Lake Texoma lands. Call them for information at (903) 465-4990.
Why is the refuge flooded and when will the roads be open again?
The refuge is located on part of Lake Texoma. One of the primary purposes of the lake is for flood control and refuge lands are within the area where the USACE can store water as needed to prevent severe flooding downstream. When areas below Denison Dam are saturated, water cannot be released fast enough to keep up with inflow from the water shed. This causes the lake water level to rise. Refuge personnel have no control over the water level and must take action to protect our roads and facilities as much as possible. The roads will be repaired and opened as soon as the water recedes, and they have time to dry out (1-2 days).
How the Lake Texoma level affects the Refuge:
Injured/orphaned/caught wild animal or bird. Will you pick it up or can I bring it to you?
A baby bird fell out of its nest. What do I do?
Attempt to place bird back into its nest is the best solution. It is normal for birds to fall when trying to fly for the first time. If you can not reach the nest, make a substitute nest (out of a basket), place nesting material in it, and hoist it up near the original nest. Leave it alone. The parents will return to care for the young.
I think Avian Flu killed many birds near me. Am I in danger of transmission?
Transmission is low but not impossible. If a bird has contracted Avian Flu it would have diarrhea, mucus, difficulty breathing, purple and swollen body parts. Avoid location of ill birds.
Injured Wildlife (Game/Deer/Bird): Call TPWD information line at 1-800-792-1112
Injured Wildlife: DFW Wildlife hotline at 972-234-9453
Injured Birds Rehab: Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation 972-225-4000
Injured Raptors ONLY (Hawks, Falcons, Owls, Osprey, Kites, etc.): Blackland Prairie Raptor Center 469-964-9696
Diseased bird: Texas Animal Health Commission 1-800-550-8242
Local wildlife biologist: tpwd.texas.gov/landwater/land/habitats/county (Find your local Biologist)
Texas Animal Health Commission: 1-800-550-8242
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The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year, drive on any road unless gated.
Admission to the refuge, parking and most events/activities are funded by donations and powered by volunteers.
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Special thanks to Nancy Miller for the amazing photo of the Visitor Center