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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

Fishing Regulations:

  • 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.
  • Fishing from the bank along creeks is permitted year-round.
  • Fishing in stock ponds is allowed from March 15th to September 30th every year.  Pond fishing is limited to protect wintering waterfowl.
  • If fishing in Lake Texoma or creek, you will either need a Lake Texoma license or a Texas fishing license (Purchase Here on the TPWD website).
  • Common Fish species: Black bass, sand bass, small mouth bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish, and striped bass.  Hagerman NWR Fish Species List
  • Where to Fish for What: Fish Map by Species 

  • Please follow TPWD bagging limits and other regulations for Lake Texoma and Grayson County: Hagerman Fishing and Boating and Grayson County Regulations.
  • Lake Level Information for Lake Texoma

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.    

While pond fishing is open (March 15th through September 30th) 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.  


  • 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 Hagerman 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

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.

Hagerman NWR is in Grayson County

Drawn Hunt Catalog of the Texas Public Hunt System

Texas Parks and Wildlife Hunt Regulations 

For more information, about hunts at Hagerman visit Texas Parks and Wildlif Public Hunt System

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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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