Sunrise Over Cooper Lake
Cool Off, Relax, Recreate, and Recharge at Cooper Lake State Park!
Cooper, TX— Cool off, Relax, Recreate, and Recharge at Cooper Lake State Park during the hottest month of the year! The lake is full, the swimming areas are waiting, the sand volleyball courts are prepared, playgrounds are ready, and our trails are open, too.
Across both park units this August, a total of 22 programs focused on family fun and learning about our natural world will be presented.
Our highlighted program topics for August are Night Hikes at the South Sulphur Unit, Astronomy – Stars and Meteors, Archery Classes, Dutch Oven Cooking, 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 darkest skies so close to Dallas! Learn the original one-pot cowboy cooking style that is so easy and tasty! Just watch and learn with the help of experienced Dutch oven cooks or try the technique for yourself. Develop and improve your kayaking skills while touring nearshore parts of the lake on your adventure. Learn how to enjoy the sport of archery through two scheduled classes safely. Also, during the month, learn about a wide variety of fungi, plants, and animals familiar to Northeast Texas through multiple programs and so much more! All off the programs are free with a valid entrance permit.
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 campfire in 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. 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 Oaktree 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 suitable 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).
Doctor’s Creek Unit (Northside of Cooper Lake – Delta County)
Aug 3– 2:00 pm – The Scoop on Poop (Do you know whose scat? Can you recreate that? Get the scoop!)
Aug 4– 9:00 pm – Starry Eyed & Star-crossed (Join a ranger for stellar stories of the night sky.)
Aug 10– 7:30 pm – Sunset Hike (Join a Ranger on a beautiful hike at sunset and let the good vibes flow.)
Aug 13– 10:00 pm – Meteor Shower (Observe the glorious display of the night sky and learn about the Perseids.)
Aug 17– 9:00 am – Kayaking 101 (Learn kayaking basics & safety and experience the lake in a whole new way.)
Aug 18– 9:00 am – Wildflower Watch (Learn about the flora of the area and join our wildflower watch!)
Aug 24– 2:00 pm – Telltale Signs (Go on a unique hike to learn the tale of Cedar Creek Trail)
Aug 25– 9:00 am – Dragons & Damsels (Discover the secret world of underwater creatures. Do some pond dipping with a ranger!)
Aug 31– 7:00 pm – Sunset Kayaking (Calling all kayakers! Enjoy the ambiance of sunsets at the lake.)
South Sulphur Unit (Southside of Cooper Lake – Hopkins County)
Every Friday in August at 8:30 pm it is Night Hike that is creepy, crawly, but it’s also so much more! Learn to appreciate authentic nightlife.
Aug 3– 9:00 am – Archery (Want to be the next Katniss? Start off right in your park with a ranger)
Aug 4– 6:00 pm – Geocaching 101 (What’s the cache? Learn to geocache with a Ranger!)
Aug 10– 11:00 am – Dutch Oven Cookin’ (Sample and learn the old style, outdoor cooking)
Aug 10– 12:30 pm – Turtle in a Half Shell (Slow your roll and learn about these mysterious animals.)
Aug 17– 2:00 pm – Brainiac or Bonehead (Are you a brainiac? How well do you know your fauna? Join in on some trivia!)
Aug 18– 2:00 pm – Formation Station (How are fossils created? Do you have what it takes? Take to the road of fossilization with a ranger!)
Aug 24– 9:00 am – Archery (Want to be the next Katniss? Start off right in your park with a Ranger)
Aug 25– 2:00 pm – I-Naturalist Hike (Go take a hike…with a ranger! Learn about the park and the wildlife in it while you become a citizen scientist!)
Aug 31– 4:00 pm – Afternoon Tea (Join a ranger for a sip of specialty tea and some relaxing art in the park.)
Paris Junior College Sulphur Springs is hosting a blood drive from 10:00 am until 3:00 Wednesday (Aug 28) at 1137 TX-301 Loop in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Mayra Cummings at (903) 885-1232.
Demystifying blood donation: Saving lives may be as simple as clearing up common myths. Sulphur Springs ISD and Paris Junior College are hosting a community blood drive. If you’ve never donated blood, Carter BloodCare asks that you reconsider. While there are specific reasons donors are deferred from giving, several misconceptions may keep potential blood donors from saving lives.
You are never too old to give. There is no upper age limit for donating blood. Currently, almost half of the blood donors are over age 50. Potential blood donors may begin volunteering at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds may give independently.
If you have tattoos, you can still give blood. Those with tattoos or body piercings that were performed at Texas licensed and registered facilities are welcomed to donate blood without any wait time between the procedure and your donation.
Taking medications may or may not prevent you from giving blood. Many drugs are acceptable. But Carter BloodCare says if in doubt, inquire first. Carter BloodCare’s staff answer all kinds of questions about donor eligibility, which can be found on the Carter BloodCare web site.
Eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water one to two hours before giving blood. Standard eligibility requirements are a minimum weight of 110 pounds, the donor feels well that day and presents a government-issued photo ID at each donation.
For more information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834 or visit carterbloodcare.org.
About Carter BloodCare
Carter BloodCare is an independent, community blood center, providing transfusion resources to more than 180 medical facilities in 50-plus counties of north, central and east Texas. The non-profit 501(c)(3) organization is one of the most extensive blood programs in Texas, delivering more than 300,000 blood products annually to meet hospitals’ requirements for their patients. Services include collection, processing, specialized laboratory testing, storage, and distribution of blood and blood products. The program is accredited by the AABB, including a laboratory with accreditation for molecular testing of red cell antigens. It is licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is a member of America’s Blood Centers.
The City of Paris is hosting Bingo every Thursday from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm at Oak Park Gym. The address is 2515 Bonham.
At the Paris Library: Red River Valley Fair Reading Club registration is ongoing for Ages 5–17. Register, complete 12 hours of reading or 15 books, and earn free passes and coupons for the Red River Valley Fair in Paris. Keep track of your reading time or titles on the special log provided at registration and turn it into Tracy on or before Friday (Aug 30).
StoryTimes at Paris Library – Baby & Toddler Story Time baby Toddler Tuesdays at 10:30 am for ages 0-2 years. Tale Time with Tracy storytime Wednesdays at10:30 am. Regular Wednesday storytime continues throughout the whole year for 3–5 year-olds.
The Landowners Educational Series is for anyone wanting to learn more about managing their land. Topics include pasture utilization, pasture management and establishment, pond management, tree/forest management, nuisance animal control, and agriculture law. All programs will be at the Franklin County Airport off of Highway 37, just north of Mount Vernon.
The Friday (Aug 30) program will begin at 1:00 pm, Pasture Utilization is the topic. Dr. Jason Banta, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, will cover pasture grazing rotation, stocking rates, cross fencing and other issues regarding grazing cattle.
Adopt a pet today and give a dog or cat a forever home! Head over to the Paris Animal Shelter or look for the Lamar County Humane Association in front of Petco on Saturdays. And if you have a pet, have them spayed or neutered.
Dylan’s Drivers provides a safe and reliable service within Lamar County. They provide free, non-judgemental, confidential rides to individuals who are rendered incapable of or lack access to safe transportation. Their hours of operation are Thursday be from 10:00 pm to 12:00 am, Friday and Saturday nights from 10:00 pm until 3:00 am. Call 903.905.4959
Saturday (Aug 31), from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm, is the Farmers and Artisans Market. Paris Main Street presents the annual Hatch Chile Fest at 400 SW 1st Street on that date. In its fifth year, this event is a festival of fun, food, and music. Come and eat some delicious food, buy a bag of chiles, and just enjoy the aroma as well as all of the excellent vendors! There will also be kids games.
Bring the family to the Paris Farmers and Artisan Market for a Saturday morning of fun and great vendors! It starts at 8:00 am and ends at 1:00 pm.
Otherworldly Back to School Bash is Monday (Sep 2) from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm at Victory Baptist Church. There will be games and activities, food, and Bible lessons. It’s for kids age four through the fifth-grade.
The City of Paris presents “Walk & Talk.” Texans walk the walk and now talk the talk! Be a Part of the Walk Across Texas! Program. Walking is one of the least expensive and easiest ways to get fit. Start now and reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. This class will also include a discussion on nutrition topics. The cost is free, and the classes start September 4 and run through October 25, Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 8:30 am until 9:30 am.