Featuring 11,000 acres of outdoor recreation opportunities, Hagerman NWR is an excellent destination for wildlife viewing, hiking, fishing, boating, and regulated hunting. In addition, the Friends of Hagerman offer many activities, events, seminars and volunteer opportunities. Refuge lands and lakeshores are open and accessible from sunrise to sunset every day of the year—even when the visitor center is closed. Restrooms are located at the Goode Picnic Area (near Haller's Haven Trail) the Visitor Center, Big Mineral picnic area (near Meadow Pond Trail) and Sandy Day Use Area.
Photo by Don Champlin
Fishing from the shorelines of Lake Texoma is allowed year-round throughout the refuge except from Plover, Tern, and Egret Roads, which are set aside for wildlife observation and photography.
Popular fishing spots include:
Pond fishing is legal at the refuge from March 15 until September 30, when they close to protect wintering waterfowl. While open, you can try the one on the right side of Refuge Road as you head towards the visitor center. It has been stocked with catfish in the past and has some small perches. The fishing link below will take you to our fishing/boating info page online. Anyone over the age of 16 will need either a valid State of Texas or Lake Texoma fishing license, which works anywhere on the refuge. For further information please explore the following links:
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Help prevent the spread of invasive plants and animals:
Photo by Carl Hill
Hagerman NWR allows hunting at certain times of the year for rabbit, squirrel, and dove as per state regulations. In addition, a limited number of permit hunts are held each year for turkey, deer, and feral hog: please apply online via the TPWD public hunting site.Hunt Areas and Application Link
Fall 2022 Archery Deer Hunt
November 4-6, Nov 18-20 and December 2-4, 2022
Areas Closed: Sandy, Godwin, Goode
Spring 2023 Feral Hog Hunt
March 3–5, Mar 17-19, 2023
Areas Closed: Big Mineral, Sandy, Godwin, Meyers, and SE Harris Creek
Spring 2023 Turkey
April 22–24, 2023 Areas Closed: Big Mineral, Sandy, Godwin, Meyers, and SE Harris Creek
Small game hunting is allowed with shotgun, air gun, arrow gun, muzzleloader, and archery equipment. Only non-toxic shot may be used. Rimfire and centerfire rifles are prohibited.
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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