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 swim beach at the South Sulphur Unit is open, and boat ramps are open at both units. The swimming area at Doctors Creek is not currently open due to low water levels.
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.
The South Sulphur Unit rents canoes.
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!
Nearby attractions include the Cooper Wildlife Management Area, Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site, Bonham State Park, Lake Bob Sandlin State Park, Southwest Dairy Center in Sulphur Springs, and Texas A&M University in Commerce.