Frequently Asked Questions

When was Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge established?

How big is it?
About 12,000 acres.

Why is it here?
The Refuge was established to provide refuge and breeding grounds for migratory birds and a diversity of habitat types for resident birds and native wildlife.

What can I do there?
Highlights include: observe and photograph wildlife, hike, fish, hunt, explore the visitor center, and attend free nature programs.

Where is it?
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge lies on the Big Mineral Arm of Lake Texoma, on the Red River between Oklahoma and Texas. Please see the Maps Page for more details.

What do I need to bring?
Depending on the time of year, you may want to bring insect repellent or sunscreen. If you plan to hike, taking water is a good idea. Binoculars and cameras are great to have along on the trails and Wildlife Drive.

Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are welcome, but must be either inside your vehicle or on a leash and under your control at all times. Dogs are not permitted to be off-leash at any time during your visit.

Do you allow horses/ATV’s/Off Road Vehicles on the Refuge?
We do not allow horses, ATV’s, or Off Road Vehicles on the refuge. The Corps of Engineers does allow them on some of their Lake Texoma lands. Check with them at 903- 465-4990.

I caught a raccoon/squirrel/goose at my house. Can I let it go at the Refuge?
No. It is illegal to release any animal, wild or domestic, on any national wildlife refuge.  We recommend you call animal control at (903) 465-2878 and ask them what you should do with the animal.

How can I get a job with the refuge?
All federal jobs, including those with Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, are announced and can be applied for at

Why is there oil and gas production on a National Wildlife Refuge?
Normally, oil and gas production does not occur on National Wildlife Refuges. In fact, Fish and Wildlife Service Policy prohibits the leasing of federally owned minerals under Refuge lands, unless it is proven the federal minerals are being drained by private operators. So why are there 150 active oil and gas wells at Hagerman NWR?A legal obligation. Minerals under Refuge lands are privately owned and by law, we must permit access to allow for their extraction.