Sulphur Springs, TX— Cooper Lake State Park is a special place to experience winter in Northeast Texas. During the month of January, the park will host ten programs focused on family fun and learning about our natural world. To kick off 2019, both Cooper Lake State Park Units will host our annual First Day Hikes to get the new year started off healthy! The park will also conduct a ranger-led hike near the lake which winds through a dense oak forest later in the month. Have fun learning about how past generations lived in the area. Also learn about the plants and animals common to this part of Texas and so much more! 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 a past generation.
Bring a picnic and enjoy the day-use area on a warm winter afternoon. Fish off our pier or rent a boat and try your luck throughout the lake. Crappie, bluegill, bass, and catfish are commonly caught. Hike our trails or just relax under a giant oak tree 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. 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 friend 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)
Jan 1 – 1:00 pm – First Day Hike: Start off your year right with a nature hike
Jan 5 – 12:00 pm – Buds, Blossoms, & Bounty: Learn about flora before and after a wildfire
Jan 6 – 10:00 am – Bringing Back Bygones: From natural fires to prescribed burns
Jan 21 – 12:00 pm – MLK Day Hike: Celebrate his birthday by hiking side by side
Jan 26 – 12:00 pm – Birds, Butterflies & Beyond: Winter brrrds and butterfl-ice
South Sulfur Unit (Southside of Cooper Lake – Hopkins County)
Jan 1 – 3:00 pm – First Day Hike: Start off your year right with a nature hike
Jan 12 – 12:00 pm – Birds, Butterflies & Beyond: Winter brrrds and butterfl-ice (could you do this hike with info provided, since I won’t be able to?)
Jan 19 – 12:00 pm – Buds, Blossoms & Bounty: Native flora used during the Civil War
Jan 20 – 10:00 am – Bringing Back Bygones: Boycott technology and march through the park
Jan 20 – 9:00 pm – Celestial & Star Stories: Observe and learn about the Total Lunar Eclipse