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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

Fishing and Boating Regulations

Photo by Don Champlin

Photo by Don ChamplinFishing 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 works anywhere on the refuge.   For further information please explore the following links:

Detailed Fishing Rules and Information

Hagerman NWR Fish Species List

Fish Map by Species


Boating:

All boating is legal at the refuge from March 15 until September 30, when it becomes restricted to only non-motorized crafts and only on Big Mineral Creek.  The refuge maintains two boat ramps: one at L pad and one off Tern Road.  A third ramp, between A and B pad is closed indefinitely.


 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 trails.


Hunting

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: please apply online via the TPWD public hunting site.

Hunting Dates and Forms

Please note:

All small game and deer hunts are archery only.  Firearms of any type are not allowed for deer hunting in the entirety of Grayson County.  At Hagerman’s Nocona Unit, deer hunting is also archery-only and no rifles are permitted there, either.   

There are two 3-day feral hog hunts during March, with 85 permits available each.                     



Friends of Hagerman NWR

Admission to the refuge, parking and most events/activities are free of charge.

6465 Refuge Road

Sherman, TX 75092

Contact Us

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

Date of Incorporation: 8/19/2005

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

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