Cooper Lake State Park

May 19, 2015 - Some areas closed due to high water . . .

Cooper Lake State Park

Things to Do

Featured activities include camping, fishing, water skiing, picnicking, boating, swimming (unsupervised), hiking, bird watching, nature study, fun and educational nature programs, and tours.  

The South Sulphur Unit offers equestrian camping and horseback riding trails: Riders are rewarded with panoramic views of the lake, rides through forest shade and many opportunities to view wildlife while riding the Buggy Whip Equestrian Trail. This trail covers nearly 600 acres and over 10 miles. The trail is accessible from all sites in the Buggy Whip camping area. All camping sites have 10' X 55' concrete pads, back-in spaces with water and electricity, a table, a fire-ring, a lantern post and a 20-foot tether cable for the horses. Parking is available for day-use equestrian visitors. Visitors must provide their own horses.

Equipment Rentals

The South Sulphur Unit rents canoes.

Ranger Programs

The park offers a variety of educational opportunities, including birding and orienteering workshops. Check the calendar for upcoming events or contact the park for special tours.

Ask about the Junior Ranger Explorer Packs available for free checkout at the park!

Area Attractions

Nearby attractions include the Cooper Wildlife Management AreaSam Bell Maxey House State Historic SiteBonham State Park, Lake Bob Sandlin State Park, Southwest Dairy Center in Sulphur Springs, and Texas A&M University in Commerce.

Doctors Creek Unit
1664 FR 1529 South
Cooper, TX 75432

Latitude: 33.34870

Longitude: -95.66367

(903) 395-3100

South Sulphur Unit
1690 FM 3505
Sulphur Springs, TX 75482

Latitude: 33.28772

Longitude: -95.65792

(903) 945-5256

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $5 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free

Both units are open daily.

Office Hours

South Sulphur and Doctors Creek Unit offices are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Busy Season

Spring, summer and fall


January average low is 30 degrees. July average high is 94 degrees. Average rainfall is 42.7 inches.

National Weather Service forecast for this area

450 feet

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