Cooper Lake State Park

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Cooper Lake State Park
Cooper Lake State Park Texas swimming hole.jpg
A swimming area at Cooper Lake State Park
Cooper Lake State Park is located in Texas
Cooper Lake State Park
Cooper Lake State Park is located in the United States
Cooper Lake State Park
LocationDelta County, Texas; Hopkins County, Texas
Nearest cityCooper, Texas
Coordinates33°20′55.32″N 95°39′49.24″W / 33.3487000°N 95.6636778°W / 33.3487000; -95.6636778Coordinates: 33°20′55.32″N 95°39′49.24″W / 33.3487000°N 95.6636778°W / 33.3487000; -95.6636778
Area3,026 acres (1,225 ha)
Created1992
Operated byTexas Parks and Wildlife Department

Cooper Lake State Park is a Texas State Park in Delta and Hopkins counties, about three miles (5 km) south of Cooper, Texas. The park is situated on Jim Chapman Lake, formerly known as Cooper Lake. There are actually two geographically separate units; the Doctors Creek unit 33°20′54″N 95°40′08″W / 33.34833°N 95.66889°W / 33.34833; -95.66889 is located on the north side of the lake, in Delta County, while the South Sulphur unit 33°17′49″N 95°39′35″W / 33.29694°N 95.65972°W / 33.29694; -95.65972 is located on the south side of the lake, in Hopkins County.[1]

History[edit]

The park's land was inhabited by Caddo people until the 1800s, when settlers brought the agriculture (including cotton and dairy) and livestock industries to the area. Cooper Lake itself was built between 1986 and 1991, by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.[2]

Nature[edit]

The park lies at the intersection of the Tallgrass Prairie and Post Oak Savannah ecoregions. There is a diverse variety of mammals (including the gray fox and nine-banded armadillo) and birds in the park, and multiple species of catfish, crappie, and bass in the lake.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cooper Lake State Park — Texas Parks & Wildlife Department". tpwd.texas.gov. Retrieved 2022-03-29.
  2. ^ "Cooper Lake State Park History — Texas Parks & Wildlife Department". tpwd.texas.gov. Retrieved 2022-03-29.
  3. ^ "Cooper Lake State Park Nature — Texas Parks & Wildlife Department". tpwd.texas.gov. Retrieved 2022-03-29.

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