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Winter is a Unique Time to Experience Cooper Lake State Park



Sulphur Springs, TX— Cooper Lake State Park is a unique place to experience winter in Northeast Texas. During the month of January, the park will host seven programs focused on family fun and learning about our natural world.  To kick off 2020, both Cooper Lake State Park Units hosted our annual First Day Hikes to get the new year started off healthy!  Learn about the plants and animals common to this part of Texas and so much more!



Cooper Lake State Park – South Sulphur Unit is hosting a Trout Fishing Family Fun Event on January 25th from 8:30am to 4:30pm.  Come try your luck catching rainbow trout! Fish with a ranger and learn all about fishing during this daylong event!  No fishing license is required and there is a five trout limit.

Bring each fun and learning packed Saturday to a fitting conclusion with your family and friends around a campfire at the park!  Campfires are part of our collective human DNA.  The flickering light and warmth of a winter campfire will lift your spirit and reconnect you to feelings shared by past generations.

Bring a picnic and enjoy the day-use area on a warm winter afternoon.  Fish off our pier or rent a kayak and try your luck throughout the lake.  Crappie, bluegill, bass, and catfish are caught even during the winter season. Hike our trails; relax under a giant oak tree in our day use area; camp at one of our tree lined campsites; or rough it in one of our beautiful cabins overlooking the 20,000-acre lake recharging 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. All programs are free with paid entrance fees.   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)
January 25th – 2:00pm Formation Station (How are fossils created – learn!)

South Sulphur Unit (Southside of Cooper Lake – Hopkins County)
January 18th – 2:00pm – Archery (Want to be the next Katniss? Start off right with a park ranger)

January 19th – 2:00 pm Tailgate Talk and Walk (Beaver Interactive hands on exploration of the great watershed architects and how to identify they are around)

January 20th – 2:00 pm Tailgate Talk (Skins and Skulls Hands-on interactive presentation of common animals here in the park)

January 25th – 8:30am to 4:30pm Trout Fishing Family Fun Event (Try your luck at catching rainbow trout! Fish with a Ranger)

January 25th – 6:00pm – Starry Eyed & Star Crossed (Join a ranger for stellar stories of the night)

January 26th – 10:00 am Nature Hike (Explore the micro-habitats of Honey Creek learning about plants and animals the park)


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