Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge – a 10-minute drive from Pottsboro – is one of the best-kept secrets in north Texas. At almost 12,000 acres, the Refuge provides habitat for more than 330 species of birds and a large variety of native wildlife. A Wildlife Drive, five hiking trails, access to Lake Texoma for fishing, wildlife photography opportunities, and free nature programs and tram tours make this a nature-lovers paradise.
The Refuge Visitor Center offers information, maps, hiking trail guides, and bird and wildlife identification leaflets. Ask about free guided tram tours, or find out what’s on schedule for the next Youth First or Second Saturday Nature Program offered on 1st and 2nd Saturdays year-round. Explore exhibits that highlight Refuge wildlife and habitats, migratory birds, recreational activities, and the historic town of Hagerman. Shop the Nature Nook for unique gifts and tee shirts, or look for birds on Lake Texoma through a spotting scope.
A leisurely trip down Wildlife Drive can bring many surprises. Perhaps you will see a secretive Least Bittern or Little Blue Heron wading through the marshes during summer, or an American Bald Eagle soaring overhead in search of food during winter or spring. Long legged Great Blue Herons are present year-round and don’t forget to keep an eye out for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, or bobcats roaming Refuge forests and fields.
Three Day Use Areas offer picnic tables and restroom facilities. Fishing is allowed year-round in Lake Texoma waters while boating and limited hunting are also welcome in designated areas and seasons.
Thousands of American White Pelicans stop at the Refuge in April and again in September to refuel along their journeys. Beginning in November, 10,000 Snow and Ross’ geese browse on winter wheat planted in Refuge fields. Colorful Painted Buntings and Summer Tanagers fill the air with their songs during spring and summer, and over 20 species of sparrows can be seen at various times of the year. Ducks including Mallards, Northern Shovelers, Blue and Greenwinged Teal, and Northern Pintail are common in Refuge marshes during fall and winter months. Spring and fall migrations bring spectacular flocks of shorebirds to Hagerman wetlands and lake shorelines. Don’t forget your camera!
Refuge staff actively manage wetlands and uplands for birds and wildlife. Farming, filling and draining shallow marshes for birds, and using prescribed fire to help maintain habitats are productive management tools.
The Refuge is open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year and admission is free. The Visitor Center is open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.. On weekends, Volunteers staff the Center on Saturday 9-4 and Sunday 1-5, closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
To reach the Refuge from Pottsboro, travel south on Highway 289 to Refuge Road, turn right (west), and go about four miles. The Refuge Visitor Center will be on your right.
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is one of more than 560 National Wildlife Refuges throughout the United States managed by the Department of the Interior U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. With more than 150 million acres in the National Wildlife Refuge System, you will find refuges to explore in every state!
For more information about Hagerman National Wildlife, visit their website at: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/hagerman/
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
6465 Refuge Road
Sherman, Texas 75092-5817
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