Fall may be the best time to experience a Texas State Park and Cooper Lake State Park is no exception! During October, a total of 21 programs focused on family fun and learning about our natural world will be presented. Our highlighted program topics for October are Astronomy, Archery Classes, Dutch Oven Cooking, a Kayaking Adventures, and multiple guided hikes! All programs are free with a valid entrance permit.
On October 5th, from 5pm to 9pm, we are hosting the First Annual Doctor’s Creek Music Fest. This free fun event will provide event participants with access to some of the best local music our area has to offer. Country, folk, and classic rock will be performed. Listen in your lawn chairs in the grass or in your boat floating on the lake. Bring your own refreshments and food and enjoy! Remember, alcohol is not allowed.
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. 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. Park entrance fees are $5 for adults; 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!
For more information on this or other events and programs, 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).
Doctors Creek Unit (Northside of Cooper Lake – Delta County)
Oct 5– 4:30 pm – Backyard Bass (What a catch! Is it a keeper?)
Oct 5– 5 pm – Music Fest (Live music and free entry!)
Oct 12– 4 pm – Kayaking 101 (Learn to Kayak and enjoy the lake in a whole new way.) Reservation required.
Oct 13– 8 pm – Moon Mania (Learn about the dark side of the moon, and play a game of werewolf.)
Oct 18– 3 pm – Critter Corner (Stop in for stories, science and props!)
Oct 19– 10 am – Pollinator vs Terminator (Find out about these nature lovers or fighters on a guided hike with activities!)
Oct 19– 8:30 am – Hunter Education, Fee and reservation required.
Oct 20– 10 am – Photo Hike (Become a scientist through the lens. Join the Texas Pollinator Bioblitz)
Oct 25– 6:30 pm – Night Hike (It’s creepy, it’s crawly, but it’s also so much more! Learn to appreciate true night life.)
Oct 26– 4:30 pm – Sunset Kayaking (Calling all experienced kayakers! Enjoy the ambience of sunsets at the lake.) Reservation required.
Oct 27– 3 pm – The Scoop on Poop (Do you know whose scat? Can you recreate that? Get the scoop!)
South Sulphur Unit (Southside of Cooper Lake – Hopkins County)
Oct 5– 10 am – Yoga in the Park
Oct 12– 11 am – Dutch Oven Cookin’ (Sample and learn the old style, outdoor cooking)
Oct 13– 10 am – Photo Hike (Become a scientist through the lens. Join the Texas Pollinator Bioblitz)
Oct 18– 6:30 pm – Night Hike (It’s creepy, it’s crawly, but it’s also so much more! Learn to appreciate true night life.)
Oct 19– 4 pm – Archery (Want to be the next Katniss? Start off right in your park with a ranger)
Oct 20– 3 pm – Formation Station (How are fossils created? Do you have what it takes? Take to the road of fossilization with a ranger!)
Oct 25– 3 pm – Critter Corner (Stop in for stories, science and props!)
Oct 26 – 6:30pm – Going Batty! (Learn why bats are so important!)
Oct 26– 7 pm – Starry Eyed & Star-crossed (Join a ranger for stellar stories of the night sky.)
Oct 27– 10 am – Mushy Hike (Autumn rains bring out mushroom brains! Learn to ID on a guided hike.)
Cost: Park programs are open to the public and free with park entrance fee unless otherwise stated ($5 per persons ages 13 and up; children 12 and under are always free!). No need to register — just show up!
*Events and programs are subject to cancellation due to weather, if cancelled an update will be made to the Facebook posting. Please contact park staff for more information and the latest updates.