Jim Chapman Lake/Cooper Lake

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Jim Chapman Lake/Cooper Lake

Texas

(903) 945-2108

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Overview

Situated in Northeast Texas, Cooper Lake Project was authorized in 1955 with embankment contruction beginning in 1986 and impounded in 1991. Cooper lake project is located within the South Sulphur River watershed between Delta and Hopkins Counties. The US Army Corps of Engineers built the Lake to control flooding on the Sulphur River, and to serve as a water supply. The lake was renamed Jim Chapman Lake in 1998 by order of the President Clinton in honor of the local congressman, from nearby Sulphur Springs. It is still widely known as Cooper Lake, and the Cooper Lake State Park retains the name. The area provides recreational opportunities that include two state parks and a wildlife management area.

Map of Cooper Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 33.312355, -95.698912

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Activities

  • Boating

    Jim Chapman Lake has five boat ramps operated through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Remember, life jackets save lives. Wear a life jacket or have it within reach and ready to use while enjoying the lakes.

  • Bicycling

    There is a five-mile hike and bike trail from the South Sulphur. For more detailed information on these facilities visist the Cooper Lake State Park webpage at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/cooper_lake/

  • Camping

    Jim Chapman/Cooper Dam has two opportunities for camping while enjoying the lake. South Sulphur and Doctor's Creek State Parks are both leased and managed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

  • Fishing

    Jim Chapman Lake/Cooper Lake fishing includes Florida strain largemouth bass, Hybrid, crappie, and catfish. The lake offers some of the best big bass fishing in the state. Fishing is popular at

  • Hiking

    There are multiple trails furnished by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. There is a five-mile hike and bike trail from the South Sulphur. For more detailed information on these facilities visist the Cooper Lake State Park webpage at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/cooper_lake/

  • Horseback Riding

    A 10.5-mile equestrian trail is available in the South Sulphur Unit.

  • Hunting

    Wildlife management and hunting lands on this project are licensed to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as part of their Public Hunting Lands Program.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is encouraged. Picnic facilities and restrooms are located at the Stilling Basin, just below the Cooper Dam outlet works.

  • Water Sports

    Water sports include fishing, boating, and swimming. Swimming in non-designated areas is not recommended. These areas could have sharp drop-offs or under water obstructions. No matter where you swim, there are no lifeguards on duty and swimming is at your own risk.

  • Wildlife Watching

    A Wildlife Observation Deck is located near the West end of Cooper Dam on FM 1529 and CR 4795. This deck and shrouded gravel walkway provides a spectacular view of the lake.

Directions

Driving

Heading West on I-30, from Texarkana, take exit 127 to loop 301 and turn right on Hwy 19 North approximately 10 miles.

Heading East on I-30, from Dallas, take Exit 101 to Hwy 24 through Commerce and take the first Cooper exit (Hwy 154). Continue following Hwy 154 through town and turn right on FM 1529 following signs.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(903) 945-2108

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