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Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

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.  

Map of the Refuge


Photo by Don Champlin

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:

  • The Harris Creek Bridge
  • Big Mineral Creek Bridge
  • The point at the Goode Day Use Area 
  • Sandy Point
  • The low water crossing just north of the visitor center on Refuge Road 
  • Any of the oil pad access roads that jut out into the lake.    

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 are valid anywhere on the refuge.   

Fishing Regulations 

Purchase a Fishing License

Hagerman NWR Fish Species List

Where to Fish for What: Fish Map by Species

Lake Level Information for Lake Texoma


  • Non-motorized boats are allowed on the refuge from March 15 until October 1 annually.
  • Year-round non-motorized boats are allowed in Big Mineral Creek from the point it connects with Lake Texoma Upstream as far as possible. Also year-round this area is a NO WAKE ZONE. See Boating Regulations.

Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks! 

Help prevent the spread of invasive plants and animals:

  • Remove plants, animals and mud from boots, gear, boat, and trailer.
  • Clean your gear before entering and leaving the recreation site.
  • Drain bilge, ballast, wells and buckets before you leave the area.
  • Dry equipment before launching into another body of water.
  • Dispose of unwanted bait in a sealed container
  • Use certified or local firewood and hay.
  • Stay on designated roads and trail


Photo by Carl Hill

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.

Drawn Hunt Catalog of the Texas Public Hunt System 2023 - 2024

Hunt Regulations

2023 - 2024 Hunt Dates

Upland Game Hunt  

September 1 - 30

Limited Permit Hunting

2023 Archery Deer

Nov. 4-6 (Sat-Mon)

Nov. 17-19 (Fri-Sun)

Dec. 1-3 (Fri-Sun)

2024 Feral Hog

January 19-21 (Fri-Sun)

Summary of Texas Hunting, Fishing & Boating Regulations

Closures Due To Hunting

The refuge will be hosting an archery upland game hunt September 1 through 30 in the Meyer's Branch, Godwin and Big Mineral Units.  All areas, roads and trails will remain open during the hunt.  

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 

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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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