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Photos by Pam Rendall-Bass

Refuge Information

Featuring 11,000 acres of outdoor recreation opportunities, Hagerman NWR is the largest natural space in North Texas freely available to the public. It is an excellent destination for BirdingHiking,  Wildlife ViewingFishing, Boating and regulated Hunting.

Like many national wildlife refuges, Hagerman NWR has a very active Friends organization who offer a variety of nature-themed, family-friendly Events, Tram Tours of the refuge, Seminars and Field Trips for schools, scouts and other groups. In addition, the Photo Club hosts informative meetings, seminars and field trips.

  • Admission to the refuge and visitor center, parking and all events and activities are free (except where stated otherwise)
  • Drive on any road unless gated
  • Please take care not to block gates when stopping or parking.
  • Leashed dogs and bicycles (including e-bikes) are welcome.
  • Kayaks and other non-motorized boats are welcome with some restrictions.
  • Restrooms are located at the Visitor Center, Environmental Education Park, the Goode Picnic Area, Big Mineral Picnic Area and Sandy Day Use Area.
Refuge lands are open every day of the year, from sunrise until sunset.

Visitor Center Hours:

  • Monday Through Saturday: 9am to 4pm
  • Sunday: 1pm to 5pm
  • Open everyday except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years

Refuge Office Hours:

  • Monday Through Friday: 7:30am to 4pm
  • Closed for federal holidays

The speed limit is 20 mph throughout the refuge.  Exceeding the speed limit may result in a Federal ticket.

America The Beautiful Park Passes

Park Passes are sold by refuge staff. Ring the door-bell at the window inside the Visitor Center for staff assistance.   More information

Note: Nature Nook volunteers may not sell park passes

For more information, please visit our FAQ page or More on Refuge Rules.

Questions?  Contact Us

Lucy by Mary Elford Hulshouser

Stay up to date with current events and wildlife at the refuge!

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Left to Right: Mike Petrick, Nancy Riggs, Jack Chiles and Terry Goode

Every Tuesday Jack Chiles and his team of experienced birders perform a refuge-wide bird census.  View his full report, including field notes.

Birding with Jack Bird Census

Enjoy a ninety minute tour of the refuge.  Learn about the town flooded to create Lake Texoma while enjoying the birds and other wildlife.

Tram Tours  Group Tram Request

With different nature-themed topics every month,  the kids will love our children's program: The Refuge Rocks!  Reservations are required.

The Refuge Rocks! 

For nature crafts you can do at home with detailed instructions, visit:

Puddles' Craft Corner

Refuge Update:

Need an outing?  Enjoy the Auto Tour from the comfort of your vehicle, and check out all of the new educational items in the Nature Nook. It's a great time to visit the refuge!

Archery Deer Hunt   (Map of hunt on Page 4) 

Dec 01 – Dec 03, 2023

CLOSED  Due To Hunt: Haller's Haven and Raasch Hiking trails; Godwin, Goode and Meyers units.

OPEN To Public: Meadow Pond, Harris Creek and Crow Hill trails; Harris Creek, Big Mineral, and Sandy units.

NOTE: Hikes on Haller's Haven and Raasch Trails should be completed by 2:30 PM the day before a hunt.

Feral Hog Hunt  (Map of hunt on Page 5)

Jan 19, 2024 – Jan 21, 2024: 

CLOSED Due To Hunt: Haller's Haven, Raasch, and Meadow Pond trails; Big Mineral, Sandy, Godwin, Goode, Meyers, and SE Harris Creek units.

OPEN To Public: Harris Creek and Crow Hill trails; NW Harris Creek Unit.

NOTE: Hikes on Haller's Haven, Raasch and Meadow Pond Trails  should be completed by 2:30 PM the day before a hunt.

For more information, visit Texas Parks and Wildlife

Current Events

All events are free and open to the public, some may require Membership

The 2023 Refuge Roundup: A Fun, Educational Day for All!

Photos taken by Nelda Zamir, Curtis Hall, Lea Watson, and Lisa Wilkins

The Friends of Hagerman would like to thank all of the attendees, photographers and volunteers for making this event a grand success!

Recent Sightings

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Immature Bald Eagle by Brenda Edwards

Adult Bald Eagle by Brian Clark

Juvenile Bald Eagle by Jim Oliver

Snow Goose by Jim Oliver

More photos on Photo Club Facebook

also view our BIrds of Hagerman List

The perfect Christmas gift for the bird lover in your family:

The Adopt-A-Nestbox Sale Has Begun 

Every year beginning the Friends of Hagerman gives the public an opportunity to support the Eastern Bluebird population and learn all about them via the Adopt-A-Nestbox Program.

Participants of the Adopt-A-Nestbox program will be invited to name their adopted nestbox, and visit it as often as they like. All nestboxes included in the program are easily accesible via a stroll along Raasch or Harris Creek Hiking Trails.

Participants will receive an email every week during nesting season with a picture of the inside of the nestbox and an explanation of its stages of development. An adopted nestbox makes a great Christmas gift!

The price of $35 per nestbox helps to support the expense of maintaining the impressive Bluebird trail of 45 nestboxes throughout the refuge. There is a limit of three nestboxes per person.

Purchase an Adopted Nest On sale now while supplies last--they go fast!

Friends of Hagerman Mission

Friends of Hagerman NWR Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to instill reverence, respect, and conservation of our wild creatures and habitats through supporting environmental education, recreational activities, and programs of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Photo by Pam Rendall-Bass

Bobcat by Brenda Kay Edwards

Timber Rattlesnake by Donnie Simmons

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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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