Cooper Lake State Park

The Coyote Run Hike/Bike Trail in the Day Use Area of the South Sulphur Unit will be closed. From 10 p.m. on Dec. 4, until 8 a.m. on Dec. 21, 2015. . . .

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.

Ranger Programs

We offer a variety of programs, from birding to stargazing. Check our Events page for upcoming programs. Learn more about the park on our Nature and History pages.

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.

Area Attractions

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.


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

Park 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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