Experience the Wonders of Spring at Cooper Lake State Park
Cooper, TX— March brings flowers and the rebirth of our natural world to Northeast Texas! What a better place to experience the beginnings of this wonderous season than Cooper Lake State Park. Across both park units, as the days get longer and the leaves begin to bud out, a total of 18 programs focused on family fun, recreation, and learning about our environment will be presented. March is the month for Spring Break, and we offer multiple programs. Highlighted programs for the month will be on the forest and trees, birds, spiders, flowers, frogs, the moon, and so much more! Bring each fun and learning packed Saturday to a fitting conclusion with your family and friends relaxing around a campfire at the park! The flickering light and warmth of a campfire will lift your spirit and reconnect you to feelings shared by the past generation. There is no better place to share a story, eat a meal, and reconnect with what makes us all human!
Please bring a picnic and enjoy our day-use areas on a warm Spring Break afternoon. March is one of the best months for fishing! We still have a pond full of rainbow trout ready to be caught! Also, fish from the lake 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. Commonly caught are crappie, bluegill, bass, and catfish at both park units. Hike our trails or relax under a giant Post-Oaktree or camp at one of our tree-canopied campsites, 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. You can accomplish unlimited park entrances for you and everyone in your vehicle with the purchase of a Texas State Park Annual Pass for $70, which is suitable 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).
Doctors Creek Unit (Northside of Cooper Lake – Delta County)
Mar 2 – 4:00 pm – Telltale Signs (It’s Read Across America Day! Let’s read a story across the woods together.)
Mar 6 – 7:00 pm – Campfire Stories (Drop your phones and join the tradition of campfire stories for National Day of Unplugging.)
Mar 11 – 2:00 pm – Mr. Appleseed’s Family (Apples are related to what? Discover the roots of this fantastic agricultural family.)
Mar 13 – 7:30 pm – Friday the 13th Night Hike (Join us on our first night hike of 2020. It’s creepy, crawly, and so much more.)
Mar 14 – 11:00 am – Pie Day! Dutch Oven Cookin’ (Get a piece of the pie and learn the old style, outdoor cooking.)
Mar 18 – 2:00 pm – Cache In Trash Out (Bust out the GPS and the trash bags for some geocaching and trail cleanup in the park.)
Mar 20 – 2:00 pm – Caption Sparrow (Studying sparrows isn’t easy, but let’s make it fun. Grow your birding skills and caption this on a hike.)
Mar 21 – 2:00 pm – Home is Where the Heartwood is (Become a tree-hugger and hike through the heart of the woods.)
Mar 28 – 10:00 am – Edible and Useful Plants (Appreciate the little things like the miraculous weeds of your park.)
South Sulphur Unit (Southside of Cooper Lake – Hopkins County)
Mar 1 – 2:00 pm – Wild Hogs (Learn about the feral population and discuss how to best control it.)
Mar 8 – 7:00 pm – Fly Me to the Moon (Lookup, to infinity and beyond, as we celebrate the moon and the future of aviation.)
Mar 12 – 2:00 pm – Go wild, Grow Wild (Get your hands dirty, and help us grow our wildflower pollinator garden.)
Mar 13 – 2:00 pm – Crawl of the Wild (Be a Good Samaritan and join the crawl to remove trash from your neck of the woods.)
Mar 14 –3:30 pm – Save a Spider Day (It’s about time someone did! Learn about these little oddities.)
Mar 19 – 2:00 pm – Spring into Action Hike (It’s Spring Equinox and Incredible Kid Day. What better way to celebrate than a nature hike?)
Mar 20 – 10:00 am – A Ribbeting Tail (For World Frog Day, join a ranger for the amphibious journey into the life of a frog.)
Mar 21– 10 am – Stop N’ Smell the Redbuds (A whole lot goes into the beauty of a flower: fragrance, color, and more. Ever wonder why?)
Mar 27– 8:00 pm – Starry-Eyed & Star-Crossed (Join a ranger for stellar stories of the night sky and celebrate World Theater Day.)