Tenting Is Extra Than A Tent In The Woods At Cooper Lake State Park


Fall RV camping is available at Cooper Lake State Park

Have you ever been camping? If not, how would you like to start? Do you know your camping comfort? Cooper Lake State Park is a perfect place to explore camping because the park offers such a wide variety of places to stay! The park consists of two unique units on the shores of Cooper Lake. The South Sulfur Unit, the largest of the two, is on the south side of the lake and the Doctors Creek Unit is on the north side. Both parks have a wide variety of campground types available. Just like Goldilocks, you’ll find something that’s “just right”! From people who want to stay in their own RV or trailer, to those who want to camp in a tent by the lake, and even those who don’t own any camping gear at all, Cooper Lake State Park has something “just right.” ” for the night in the great outdoors!

A cabin sunrise

South Sulfur Unit cabins are furnished with beds, kitchens and bathrooms. Most of them offer a beautiful lake view. The only things you need to bring are linens and cookware.

For a more leisurely experience, we have mini cabins on both sides of the park. These smaller cabins are one-room structures with two bunk beds, mini-fridges, microwaves, and air-conditioning/heating. Again, no camping gear is required. Just bring your pillows, sheets and blankets from home and you’re good to go!

The screened shelters are the next level in amenities. These shelters protect you from the rain and still let you enjoy the view. Bring your air mattress, hammock or whatever you want to sleep in and skip the tent for the weekend. So you have too many people to fit in the shelter? Go ahead and bring the tent and pitch it next to your shelter.

For those who wish to spend the weekend in their coach, camper or camper, both park units have water and electricity hookups, some of which have lake views. South Sulfur has a camping loop for horseback campers adjacent to over fifteen miles of hiking/equestrian trails. All of our sites except our cabin area are also available for tent campers who need power to brave the Texan heat or cold. You can park directly at your location, unload and settle in for a weekend at the lake.

tent camping

For a more primitive experience, the South Sulfur Unit offers 15 water-only locations along the lake shore. These pitches share a car park and you are a short walk from your tent home for the weekend. For a group experience, Doctors Creek has a multi-tent group location that sleeps up to 48 people. This site has an amazing view of the lake!

Once you’ve decided on your camping comfort level, be sure to make your reservation by visiting TexasStateParks.org or calling (512) 389-8900. Both park units fill up 3 to 4 weeks in advance on weekends most of the year, so reserve your space well in advance. Upon arrival, enjoy your weekend fishing, hiking, swimming, boating, watching the dark skies, participating in a ranger-led educational program, roasting marshmallows over a campfire, or just enjoying nature while relaxing under a giant Post oak rest. Texas State Parks are great places to relax, unwind and recharge your soul!


Admission to the park is $5 for adults, children 12 and under are always free. Older Texans 65 and older pay only $3 daily admission to the park with a Bluebonnet Pass. Unlimited park admission for you and everyone in a vehicle you’re in can be achieved with the purchase of a $70 Texas State Park Annual Pass. This pass is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. All programs are free with a valid ticket. For more information on this or other events and programs at Cooper Lake State Park, please visit and like our Facebook pages (Cooper Lake State Park – South Sulfur, 903-945-5256, and Copper Lake State Park – Doctors Creek, 903- 395-3100).

— Submitted by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

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