Cooper Lake and Cooper Lake State Park

Sulphur Springs, Texas

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The 19,280-acre Cooper Lake (impoundment began in fall 1991) was built for flood control, water supply, and recreation, and is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Cooper Lake State Park (opened in 1996) contains two units: the 466-acre Doctor’s Creek unit, with 6.2 miles of shoreline, and the 2,560-acre South Sulphur Park unit, with 25.5 miles of shoreline. Both sites provide boat ramps, a swimming beach, Playgrounds, and hiking trails. Key birds: Wood and Mottled Ducks, Red-headed and Pileated Woodpeckers, and Brown-headed Nuthatch are present year-round. Neotropic Cormorant; Anhinga; Least Bittern; White and White-faced Ibis; Wood Stork; Chuck-will’s-widow; Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; Bell’s Vireo; Yellow-throated, Black-and-white, Prothonotary, and Kentucky Warblers; Indigo and Painted Buntings; and Dickcissel occur in summer. Hooded and Red-breasted Mergansers; Osprey; Bald Eagle; LeConte’s, Fox, and Harris’s Sparrows; McCown’s, Lapland, Smith’s, and Chestnut-collared Longspurs; and Rusty Blackbird can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.

Cooper Lake and Cooper Lake State Park Professional Review and Guide

"The 19,280-acre Cooper Lake (impoundment began in fall 1991) was built for flood control, water supply, and recreation, and is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Cooper Lake State Park (opened in 1996) contains two units: the 466-acre Doctor’s Creek unit, with 6.2 miles of shoreline, and the 2,560-acre South Sulphur Park unit, with 25.5 miles of shoreline. Both sites provide boat ramps, a swimming beach, Playgrounds, and hiking trails.

Key birds: Wood and Mottled Ducks, Red-headed and Pileated Woodpeckers, and Brown-headed Nuthatch are present year-round. Neotropic Cormorant; Anhinga; Least Bittern; White and White-faced Ibis; Wood Stork; Chuck-will’s-widow; Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; Bell’s Vireo; Yellow-throated, Black-and-white, Prothonotary, and Kentucky Warblers; Indigo and Painted Buntings; and Dickcissel occur in summer. Hooded and Red-breasted Mergansers; Osprey; Bald Eagle; LeConte’s, Fox, and Harris’s Sparrows; McCown’s, Lapland, Smith’s, and Chestnut-collared Longspurs; and Rusty Blackbird can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Sulphur Springs
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April and May for spring migrants and nesting activities; November to March for winter birds
Local Contacts: Cooper Lake State Park
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Cooper Lake and Cooper Lake State Park

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