Cooper Lake

Spillway waters cause roadway flooding/closure.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The sun has finally decided to peak out of the clouds for the Delta County area. This is the most sunshine seen in over two weeks. Despite the widespread flooding and damage, it caused, the good news is a new elevation record has been set.

According to Bo Potts with the Corp of Engineers, Cooper Lake will peak at 449.12 feet with 11,750 cubic feet per second going over the uncontrolled spillway.

The spillway at Cooper Lake is releasing 2,729 cubic feet of water per second.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

As the flash flooding from the weekend storms recedes, Cooper Lake is rewarded again with an abundance of water. It is currently 3.81 feet above full pool.

Cooper Lake guide Tony Parker and friend Deryl Markgraf show off a hybrid striper catch
Luke Clayton

Luke is keeping things local this week. Looking for a red hot fishing spot to catch easy limits of white bass (sandbass) with some big hybrid stripers mixed in? Look no farther than COOPER LAKE!  Luke fished with veteran guide Tony Parker (903-348-1619) earlier this week with friend Deryl Markgraf. In less than a couple hours enough fish for a mega fish fry were landed as well as a few hybrids to frill on the half shell. If you are looking for a close to home spot to catch the makings of your own fish fry, Cooper Lake should fill the fill nicely! 

JoAnn Preas is honored by City and Mayor Darren Braddy with an inscribed plaque on a bench on the Square.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Retired Councilwoman JoAnn Preas was recognized for over 18 years of service and dedication on the City of Cooper Council. A decorative bench has been placed near the Pagoda on the downtown Square in Cooper in her honor. During a Council meeting on Monday, July 10, Mayor Darren Braddy noted that Preas has been a true servant of Cooper and that a plaque will be attached to the bench inscribed with the verse Matthew 23-11, “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.”


The editor of the Cooper Review, Cindy Roller, looks back at 2016 and ahead to 2017.  The year just passed was the year that beer and wine sales came to Cooper, and Cindy says no apparent problems have resulted. She says several new businesses are planning to open in 2017. 

Catfish Tournament registration brochures are ready at the Delta County Chamber of Commerce.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Fun time on Cooper Lake planned for Saturday, May 14 with $500 added money for some lucky fishermen.
    There will be first, second and third place winners. Fishermen get your gear ready!

The Annual Catfish Tournament on Cooper Lake sponsored by Friends of Doctors Creek Park, Inc. will be held on Saturday, May 14.  This should be an excellent year for the tournament because the water is plentiful, and the catfish are ready for a good meal.  The fishermen have been having good luck bringing in some extra large catfish.  

Cooper Lake State Park Officer Jim Beach will be overseeing the Hike and Bike events for the start of the New Year.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Cooper Lake State Park officials are gearing up of a fresh start to 2016 with the annual first hike on Friday, New Year’s Day starting at 9:30 a.m. at the South Sulphur Park Unit. Park Officer Jim Beach says the event is free with the $5 park entry fee.

“We will be sticking to the main roads where it is dry,” said Jim Beach. This year they will also be offering a biking event on Saturday, Jan. 2 starting at 10 a.m. which participants can ride for 3-4 miles in the park.

He is excited to host the event which promotes not only “life outside” but also starting 2016 on a healthy foot.

Receiving the check from Dr. Marnie Rout of EcoVerdant and Libby Horton were North Hopkins students Lily Clayton and Jessica Hatley with teacher Janis Thomas.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

North Hopkins High School received a $1,489.54 grant from Collins Academy on Wednesday morning and the Today Foundation for a proposal sent in by Janis Thomas, a teacher, for an outdoor classroom and water monitoring on Cooper Lake.

State Highway 24 has reopened between Cooper and Commerce now that waters have receded.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Texas State Highway 24 remains closed between Cooper and Commerce due to flooding. Detour routes are available for people driving between the two cities.

Waters rush over the spillway at Cooper Lake, an occassion that happens only rarely in Delta County.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Washed away by the flooding is the ninth annual Christmas in the Park set for Cooper Lake State Park Doctors Creek.

The Friday and Saturday night drive-thru display set for Dec. 11-12 has been canceled for this year reports Park Manager Mindy Hicks.

Neil Bruton and Kenneth Long of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, were rescued by Sulphur Bluff brothers, Justin and Jaden Goldsmith on Thursday, October 15, 2015.
Kody Waters / Cooper Lake State Park

Last Thursday while fishing on Cooper Lake, Sulphur Bluff brothers – Justin and Jaden Goldsmith – discovered a capsized boat with two Arkansas men clinging to it.

According to Kody Waters, Park Superintendent of Cooper Lake State Park, the young men said they were out fishing around 6:30 p.m. when they located Neil Bruton, 59, and Kenneth Long, 59, both of Prairie Grove, Arkansas hanging on to their 14-foot V-bottom boat which had capsized around noon due to high winds.

Lake Cooper guide Tony Parker shows off a nice size hybrid striper from Lake Cooper.
Luke Clayton

This week, veteran guide Tony parker joins Luke and discusses the red hot fishing at Lake Cooper for hybrid stripers and white bass.

KETR's General Manager Jerrod Knight interviews Officer Jim Beach with Cooper Lake State Park on upcoming activities.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Cooper Lake State Park is offering three days of free activities on July 7, 8, and 9 , especially for kids age 8 through 13.  This is in keeping with the "Life is better outside" theme promoted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife.

This serene photo of Cooper Lake is just part of a collection provided by Laura Snider Photography at the Valley of the Caddo Museum in Paris.
Laura Snider Flatt / Laura Snider Photography

It may not be located in Delta County, but its exhibits speak of its history. Valley of the Caddo Museum and Cultural Center, Inc., located in Paris, Texas, has archeology collections from several surrounding counties including Delta. With free admission, it makes for the perfect “staycation” just down the road.

First place winner was Brian Dorner weighing in stringer of five fish at 73.40 pounds.
Courtesy Photo / Friends of Doctors Creek Park

There was a slow turnout for the Friends of Doctors Creek Park annual Catfish Tournament on Cooper Lake on Saturday, May 9. However there were lots of big catfish weighed in. First place winner was Brian Dorner weighing in stringer of five fish at 73.40 pounds. Second place winner was Johnny Ward stringer weighing 56.50 pounds and third place was Jason Barrett with stringer weighing 42.10 pounds. Female catching the biggest fish was Carol Larkin with fish weighing 33.00 pounds winning a super fishing rod donated by Skinner's Tin Top Bait Shop.