Tenting is greater than a tent 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!

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/riding 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.

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, 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 the weekends most of the year, so reserve your spot early. Once you arrive, you can spend your weekend fishing, hiking, swimming, boating, stargazing, participating in a ranger-led educational program, roasting marshmallows over a campfire, or just enjoying nature while resting under a giant post oak tree . 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 are in can be obtained 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

More information about this or other events and programs can be found on the Facebook pages:

  • Cooper Lake State Park-South Sulfur 903-945-5256
  • Cooper Lake State Park-Doctors Creek 903-395-3100


Doctors Creek unit
Saturday, November 6th – DC
Skins and Skulls – 10:00 am @ Doctors Creek Headquarters – Get a glimpse of some of the creatures that inhabit our park.
Sunday, November 7th – DC
Reading with the Ranger – 10:00am meet at Doctors Creek Pelican Point Day Use Area. Explore nature in literature with a ranger.
Saturday, November 13 – DC
Fossils – 10 am @ Doctors Creek Headquarters How are fossils formed? Travel back in time and discover how fossils were formed.

Saturday, November 20 – DC
Dutch Oven Cooking – 9am – 12pm meeting point at Doctors Creek Pelican Point Pavilion. Join the NETDOGs as they prepare a variety of dishes using cast iron cookware.

Sunday, November 21 – DC
Become a Jr. Ranger – 10:00 am meet at Doctors Creek HQ; Learn what it takes to become a Jr. Ranger.

Saturday, November 27 – DC

Walk Your Dog in the Wilderness – 10:00am Meet at Doctors Creek Cedar Creek North Loop – Bring your pups for a nature walk.

South Sulfur Unit
Saturday 6 November – SS
Skins and Skulls – 2:00pm @ South Sulfur Heron Harbor – Get a glimpse of some of the creatures that inhabit our park.

Saturday 13 November – SS
Fossils – 2pm @ South Sulfur Heron Harbor – How are fossils formed? Travel back in time and discover how fossils were formed.

Sunday 14th November – SS
Photography Walk – 10:00am Meet at the trailhead of the South Sulfur Coyote Run. Join us on a short walk and collect outdoor photography tips and tricks. Cell phone cameras work perfectly on this hike.

Friday, November 19 – SS
Campfire Stories – 7:00pm meeting point at South Sulfur Sunset Cove Day Use Area. Bring your campfire stories to share with us and bring your s’mores fixings!

Saturday 20 November – SS
Kid Fish – Meet at 1pm at the South Sulfur Heron Harbor fishing wall. Join us as we celebrate World Children Learning to Fish Day.

Friday, November 26 – SS
Stargazing – Meet at 7pm at South Sulfur Swim Beach. Explore the late autumn night sky with us.

Saturday 27 November – SS
Walk Your Dog in the Wilderness – 1pm Meet at South Sulfur Coyote Run Bring your pups for a nature walk.

Sunday 28 November – SS
Nature Journaling – 10:00 am Meet at South Sulfur Heron Harbor for a morning of nature journaling and the many opportunities to record our findings.

Contributed by Steve Killian