Praries & Lakes
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
Hagerman National Wildlife RefugeInformation:
This 11,320 acre National Wildlife Refuge is located 5 miles northwest of Sherman, Texas. It was established in 1946 to provide food for and to protect the nesting habitat of migratory waterfowl, with the main focus centered on the winter season and Canadian geese. Habitat consists of water bodies, 3,000 acres of marsh, prairies, and 8,000 acres of upland habitat and farmland. The water areas include 2,640 acres on the Big Mineral Arm of Lake Texoma, and 466 acres of ponds. Approximately 600 acres are planted with crops providing food for waterfowl and other wildlife to keep the waterfowl on the refuge and prevent damage to crops on private lands. Corn and milo provide high energy foods for extreme cold weather conditions, and wheat and other small grains are a staple for wintering geese. Earthen dikes create shallow marshes which are drained in the spring and summer to provide vegetation such as wild millet, sedges and smartweeds. They are flooded in the fall to provide for ducks and other waterfowl. Upland areas are managed with periodic burnings, controlled grazing, and the replanting of native vegetation. The town of Hagerman was moved prior to the flooding of Lake Texoma. A town exhibit is on display at the pull-off on the main road. Activities include boating, fishing, hunting, hiking, wildlife viewing and picnicking. The refuge hosts special programs and tours for all ages throughout the year. Volunteer positions are available. The refuge is open daily, sunrise to sunset. For more complete NWR information, read the Park Brochure and Map.    
Lake Texoma Home Information:
The 74,686 surface acre Lake Texoma was created by the construction of the 3 mile long Denison Dam on the Red River on the Texas and Oklahoma border, approximately 5 miles northwest of Denison, Texas. The lake is fed by the Red and the Washita Rivers. The lake was impounded in 1944, has a maximum depth of 100 feet, and over 580 miles of shoreline. It is the 11th largest manmade reservoir in the United States. In July, 2007, water flowed over the emergency spillway for the third time in the dam’s history. Lake amenities include 2 wildlife refuges, two state parks (one in Oklahoma), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers parks, other locally managed parks, 12 marinas, 26 resort/RV parks, and a large number of boat ramps. The lake offers excellent fishing for striper (white striped bass); it is one of the few reservoirs in the nation where striped bass reproduce naturally. The lake is known as “The Striper Capital of the World.” Several islands on the lake are popular with boaters and partiers. The lake is known for its bald eagles. Lake Texoma is one of the most popular Federal recreation facilities in the nation with over 6 million visitors annually. The U.S. 70 Roosevelt Bridge crosses the Washita Arm of Lake Texoma near Oklahoma. The U.S. 377 Willis Bridge crosses the Lake’s Red River Arm near the west end of Lake Texoma.  Lake Texoma Map
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge Amenities Overview:
NWR amenities include 3 day-use areas with picnic tables and restrooms, boat launching sites and four trails. Volunteerpositions are available.
Park Brochure and Map   
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge Directions:
Hagerman is located at 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, Texas, four miles west of SH 289. From Sherman take FM 1417 north for 13 miles to the refuge sign. Turn left at the sign and drive 6 miles to the entrance. From east of Sadler on US 82, take Southmayd Road 4 miles north to the refuge entrance.