Summer Events at Cooper Lake State Park, June 2015
Jun03

Summer Events at Cooper Lake State Park, June 2015

What a month we have had in May, 2015! Who would have thought that by the end of May we would be almost 3 feet over normal pool level for Cooper Lake. Just two months ago we were still below normal and now we are above normal by more than 2 feet. It is exciting to see people coming out to boat, fish, and swim at the swimming area. It’s great to see the lake full once again. On top of that the wildlife seem to enjoy this unusual wet...

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Cooper Lake is Full and the Fishing is Good
May14

Cooper Lake is Full and the Fishing is Good

      Cooper Lake State Park Ranger Jim Beach and South Sulphur Unit Manager James Adams told Enola Gayon the Thursday Morning Show that the lake is full at 441.5 feet, which is a foot and a half over conservation pool, and the fishing is good that Cooper Lake. Adams has been on the job for over a year. He supervises law enforcement and maintenance. Adams stated that the lake is high enough that there is lot of water...

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Schedule of Programs at Cooper Lake State Park for May, 2015
May06

Schedule of Programs at Cooper Lake State Park for May, 2015

For the past 2 ½ years the question we have often heard has been, “How low is the lake now?” Along with farmers and home owners we have been subject to the lack of rainfall and run-off from our watershed. At its’ worst, Cooper Lake was 13 ½ feet low and there didn’t seem to be any relief in sight. People were saying, “We will never see the lake full again.” Then the rains of 2015 came! One inch here, an inch and a half there and so on...

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Cooper Lake is Full
Apr27

Cooper Lake is Full

Cooper Lake is officially full according to Water Data for Texas. Cooper Lake, officially named Jim Chapman Lake, currently has a water level of 440.90 feet. One year ago, the lake was at 39.9% full but had fallen to 35% full only six months ago. Three months ago, the lake level had recovered to 39% and one week ago to 88.4%. Water shed for Cooper Lake is considered small but is adequate to keep the lake at or near full levels with...

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Kid’s Fish Derby Set for Cooper Lake
Apr22

Kid’s Fish Derby Set for Cooper Lake

Children from 5 to 13 years of age are invited to participate in the Kid’s Fish Derby to be held at Cooper Lake State Park/South Sulphur Unit. Come join Cooper Lake State Park Rangers and sponsors; Tin Top Bait and Tackle, Farmer’s Electric Co-operative, Wal Mart, Sulphur Springs Kiwanis Club, Sulphur Springs Fix and Feed, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for this special event. Don’t know how to fish? Don’t have a fishing...

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Night Sky Activities Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Cooper Lake
Apr17

Night Sky Activities Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Cooper Lake

Night Sky Activities Learn about planets, stars, our moon, telescopes, and other tools to help you view the night sky. Make a sky-wheel to help you locate constellations. Then attend the Stargazing party that evening and enjoy the view! Bring the kids and be amazed as you discover the secrets of the night sky! There will be several activities including making a sky wheel that will show you what to look for in the night sky and where...

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Warrior Run, Other Events at Cooper Lake State Park
Apr06

Warrior Run, Other Events at Cooper Lake State Park

What a difference a month can make. At the beginning of March Cooper Lake was still eleven and a half feet low. Now, at the beginning of April, we are only two and a half feet below our “pool level” of 440. At the beginning of March only canoes, kayaks, and flat bottom boats were getting in the lake. Now we are able to accommodate all size boats at any ramp on the lake. The swim beach in the South Sulphur Unit was nothing but a puddle...

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Cooper Lake Nears Full Mark
Mar24

Cooper Lake Nears Full Mark

Cooper Lake is as close to full as its’ been in quite some time after recent rains. Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell said Monday the lake is just two feet, three inches below capacity. Back in December, he told the City Council the lake was some 13-feet low. The last time the lake was completely full was in late 2010. Maxwell credited the coming of El Nino in the Pacific for the wetness here....

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Cooper Lake Level Rising
Mar19

Cooper Lake Level Rising

City Manager Marc Maxwell tells KSST news that Cooper Lake and Lake Sulphur Springs levels are much better thanks to recent rains. He states Cooper Lake is now between 4 and 5 feet low compared to a first of the year low of 13 feet. The good news for the city of Sulphur Springs is that Lake Sulphur Springs has remained full thanks to a smaller lake and wider water shed. For Cooper Lake, Maxwell said with current ground saturation it...

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Schedule of Programs at Cooper Lake State Park/South Sulphur Unit for February
Feb06

Schedule of Programs at Cooper Lake State Park/South Sulphur Unit for February

February is such an unpredictable month. One day it’s cold and the next day It’s warm. We have even seen some trees begin to bud out after these warm spring like days. Well, it’s time to plant your onions and plan your next camping trip out to Cooper Lake State Park! We would love to have you come out and enjoy the best that nature has to offer! February will still be a bit slow but the programs will still be available so plan on...

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