From Cooper Lake State Park:
What better place to enjoy the summer than Cooper Lake State Park? The lake is full, the swimming areas are waiting on you, the sand volleyball courts are prepared, playgrounds are ready, all of our trails are open, and the staff is equipped and happy to welcome you for a fun-filled, relaxing, and enlightening month! Across both park units this July, a total of 22 programs focused on family fun and learning about our natural world will be presented. Our highlighted program topics for July are Night Hikes, Astronomy, Archery, and Kayaking. Hike through the woods after dark and see what the nocturnal environment reveals to you with the help of a Park Ranger guiding your adventure. Experience the dark skies so close to Dallas! Learn how to kayak or improve your skills touring part of the lake on your boating adventure. Learn how to safely enjoy the sport of archery. Also, during the month, learn about a wide variety of fungi, plants, and animals common to this part of Texas through multiple programs and so much more! Bring each fun and learning-packed Saturday to a fitting conclusion with your family and friends by relaxing at a picnic table watching your food cook on one of our many day-use picnic grills. If you are camping, relaxing around a campfirein the evening is unbeatable! The flickering light of a campfire will lift your spirits and reconnect you to feelings shared by past generations. There is no better place to share a story or eat a meal!
Fish from the bank, off our pier, fishing wall, or rent a kayak and try your luck along the shoreline. Fish attractors have been placed around the Doctor’s Creek floating fishing pier and the fishing wall at South Sulphur to help increase fishing success. Crappie, bluegill, bass, and catfish are commonly caught at both park units. July is a great time to fish at Cooper Lake! Fishing licenses are not required if you are fishing from the bank or fishing pier at Cooper Lake State Park. Other popular activities are hiking our trails or just resting under a giant Post Oak tree or camping at one of our tree-canopied campsites. Texas State Parks are great places to relax, recreate, and recharge your soul!
Park entrance fees are $5 for adults with kids 12 and under always free. Senior Texans 65 or older will only pay $3 to enter the park daily with a Bluebonnet Pass. Unlimited park entrances for you and everyone in your vehicle can be accomplished with the purchase of a Texas State Park Annual Pass for $70 which is good for over 12 months. Buy your pass and let your Texas adventure begin! Note: All programs are free with a valid entrance permit.
For more information on this or other events and programs at Cooper Lake State Park, please visit and like our Facebook pages (Cooper Lake State Park – South Sulphur 903-945-5256 and Cooper Lake State Park – Doctor’s Creek (903) 395-3100).
Doctor’s Creek Unit (Northside of Cooper Lake – Delta County)
Every Friday in July- 8:30pm – Night Hike (It’s creepy, it’s crawly, but it’s also so much more! Learn to appreciate true night life)
July 20 – 2 pm – Edible and Useful Plants (Plant yourself in a place full of possibility for the senses.)
July 21 – 10 am – Dragons & Damsels (Discover the secret world of water. Do some pond dipping with a ranger!)
July 27 – 9 am – Kayaking 101 (Learn to Kayak and enjoy the lake in a whole new way.)
South Sulphur Unit (Southside of Cooper Lake – Hopkins County)
July 21 – 2 pm – Tracking Tracks (Learn to spot the evidence and take your own track home!)
July 27 – 2 pm – The Scoop on Poop (Do you know whose scat? Can you recreate that? Get the scoop!)
July 28 – 2 pm – Nature Hike (Go take a hike…with a ranger! Learn about the park and the wildlife in it.)
July 28 – 10 pm – Meteor Shower (Observe the display and learn about the Delta Aquarids.)