Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

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Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

Texas

(903) 786-2826

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Overview

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge lies on the Big Mineral Arm of Lake Texoma, on the Red River between Oklahoma and Texas. Established in 1946, the refuge includes 3,000 acres of marsh and water and 8,000 acres of upland and farmland. During fall, winter, and spring, the marshes and waters are in constant use by migrating and wintering waterfowl.

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1946 as an overlay of a portion of the Big Mineral arm of Lake Texoma. Consisting of about 12,000 acres, the Refuge provides a variety of habitats for birds and wildlife. Canada, snow, white-fronted, and Ross' geese along with pintail, mallard, gadwall and other ducks use refuge impoundments and fields as stop-over and wintering grounds. White pelicans by the thousands can be seen here during their spring and fall migrations. Deer, turkeys, bobcats, hawks, and songbirds are abundant.

Many recreational opportunities are offered at the Refuge. Bird and wildlife observation, an auto tour, hiking trails, fishing, hunting, boating, and paddling are examples of available activities.

Map of Hagerman NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 33.739159, -96.750290

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Activities

  • Boating

    The refuge offers three boat launch ramps located at (1) the end of Tern Road; (2) the end of L Pad Road; and (3) the road between oil pad Roads A and B on the west side of the refuge. You may also wish to put in canoes or kayaks in the Goode Unit, however no ramp is provided.

    Refuge impoundments are closed to fishing and boating year-round. At the point where Big Mineral Creek joins Lake Texoma, Big Mineral Creek becomes a year-round no wake zone to the end of upstream navigable waters. Annually, from October 1 through March 14, only non-motorized boats are permitted in Big Mineral Creek from the point where it joins Lake Texoma to the upstream end of navigable waters. Launching is allowed from Pad Road or by hand at the Big Mineral Day Use Area.

  • Bird Watching

    The most popular type of wildlife at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is birds. Songbirds, shorebirds, raptors, wading birds, waterfowl - each change of season brings a change in what species you will see at the refuge. The rich mixture of forests, tallgrass prairie, riverine bottomland hardwoods, and wetland habitats support thousands of migratory birds, particularly neotropical songbirds. Spring and fall shorebird migrations bring thousands of birds to the lakeshore to rest and refuel for their long journey.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    A 4-mile self-guided auto tour route is located in the main management unit of the refuge. Leaflets and roadside exhibits provide information on the area and the refuge programs.

  • Fishing

    Bank fishing along Big Mineral Creek, casting from the lake shoreline in Goode Day Use Area, along the sandy shores of Sandy Point, and from the oil pad access roads is common year-round. In addition, old livestock ponds located throughout the refuge are open from March 15 through September 30th annually. To fish in refuge waters, license requirements and special regulations regarding species and numbers of fish that are legal to take are in accordance with State of Texas regulations. Either a valid State of Texas Fishing License (valid September 1 - August 31 annually, $30 for residents) or a Lake Texoma Fishing License ($12 annually) is required.

  • Hiking

    The interpretive Crow Hill Trail, off Silliman Road, offers a close look at native prairie habitat. Hiking/foot access is restricted only during hunting seasons. Hikers should watch for poisonous snakes. Insect repellant is suggested during warm weather as protection from ticks and chiggers.

  • Hunting

    The refuge provides opportunity to hunt for white-tailed deer (archery only) through a web-based lottery permit system. Feral hog and wild turkey hunts are expected to be held beginning in spring 2013. Hunting for small game including squirrel and rabbit as well as hunting for doves is available. A free, self-issuing permit is required for upland game hunting and available at the Visitor Center. Link to the archery deer hunt permit application at www.hagermanpermits.com. Be aware there are additional license and permits required by the State of Texas.

    Additional rules and regulations can be found at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Hagerman/visit/activities/hunting.html.

  • Wildlife Watching

    The most popular type of wildlife at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is birds. Songbirds, shorebirds, raptors, wading birds, waterfowl - each change of season brings a change in what species you will see at the refuge. The rich mixture of forests, tallgrass prairie, riverine bottomland hardwoods, and wetland habitats support thousands of migratory birds, particularly neotropical songbirds. Spring and fall shorebird migrations bring thousands of birds to the lakeshore to rest and refuel for their long journey.

    Refuge wildlife can be seen in all different habitat types. White-tailed deer, wild turkeys, bobcats, coyotes, and fox squirrels are often found in both wooded areas and fields. River otters remain near water where they create dens and find plenty of fish to eat. Beavers are notorious for creating dams made of sticks and logs to flood areas. Rabbits live in grassy fields with some type of brush cover near-by for protection. Less commonly seen wildlife includes bats, mink, weasel, and gray or red fox.

Directions

Driving

From Dallas, go north on Highway 75 to Sherman FM 1417 exit, then north 13 miles on FM 1417 to refuge sign and left 6 miles to entrance. From U.S. 82, turn north on Southmayd Road (4 miles east of Sadler and 7.5 miles west of Sherman). Follow signs to office and visitor center.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(903) 786-2826

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