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.
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 are valid anywhere on the refuge.
Lake Level Information for Lake Texoma
Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks!
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.
Drawn Hunt Catalog of the Texas Public Hunt System 2023 - 2024
2023 - 2024 Hunt Dates
September 1 - 30
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)
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!