Cooper Lake State Park
Room to Roam
With two park units, you’ll find plenty of room to roam. Bring your fishing pole, your hiking shoes, your horse, your swimsuit–or heck, just bring yourself! We’re only 90 minutes northeast of Dallas.
Things to Do
Doctors Creek (on the north side of the lake) and South Sulphur (on the south side) offer tons of amenities. You can fish, picnic, swim, boat, water-ski, hike, bike, bird watch, study nature, stargaze, ride horses, geocache and camp. Rent one of our pavilions for your next group event.
Fish: Surrounded by the state park and wildlife management areas, the lake provides a peaceful fishing destination. We have boat docks, fishing piers, and fish cleaning stations. You can rent a canoe at the South Sulphur Unit. Remember, you do not need a fishing license to fish from shore in a state park!
Stay: Camp at one of our sites with water and electricity, or at a walk-in campsite. We also have equestrian campsites at the South Sulphur unit. Both units have screened shelters and air-conditioned shelters. Or rent one of South Sulphur’s cabins, complete with kitchen and bathroom.
Ride your horse: Bring your horse to the South Sulphur Unit (we require proof of negative Coggins). The 10.5-mile Buggy Whip Equestrian Trail crosses nearly 600 acres of shaded forest and thick vegetation, and takes you down hillsides and through creek gulches. Some parts of the trail are challenging. Come for the day, or camp in one of our equestrian campsites. Access the trail from your campsite.
Volunteer: We need your help! Check our Volunteer page or ask at park headquarters.
The park store at Doctors Creek sells gift items. South Sulphur’s store sells souvenirs, books, ice and drinks.
For the kids: Become a Junior Ranger!
- Pick up a free Junior Ranger Activity Journal at headquarters. Complete a certain number of tasks to earn a badge.
- Borrow a Junior Ranger Explorer Pack with tools for exploring the park.
Sulphur Springs offers museums (including the Southwest Dairy Center and Museum) as well as restaurants and shopping. Or head north to Paris to visit the Sam Bell Maxey House. Get closer to nature at the Cooper Wildlife Management Area.