Cooper Lake

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Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says water levels at Cooper Lake have risen dramatically recently, and the boat docks are now open and accessible.  Cindy says the lake is still about six feet low, but that's a big improvement from 12 feet low at one point.  And Cindy reports that a new cotton gin will be built at Lake Creek in Delta County.

Lone Pine Boat Ramp at Doctors Creek Unit of Cooper Lake is ready for the fishing season and has water to welcome boats. The lake is only six and half feet low with recent rain/snow runoff for March 2015.
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The winter weather might have taken its toll on the roads especially the State Highway 24 expansion with increased pot holes but it is only having a positive effect on Cooper Lake levels.

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Recap of some of the recent winter weather to hit local counties. No counties are currently under any watches or warnings by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) however the temperatures were in the 20's Monday morning.

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UPDATE: The Cooper FFA team will be advancing to State Competition after receiving first at Area.

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This week, we’re doing something a little different – instead of talking about proposed lakes, we’re taking a look at existing ones. Labor Day weekend is coming up, so what better time to check levels at lakes around the region.

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Draining boats after use on Texas lakes is more than just a good idea – effective today, it’s state law.

The new regulation is part of Texas’ ongoing effort to stop the spread of zebra mussels. The invasive creatures have been slowed, but not stopped, in their progress into Texas waters.

Zebra mussels entered the United States through the Great Lakes in 1988. They have been spreading across the continent mainly though the transfer of waters containing developing mussels, which are invisible to the naked eye. The mussels were first identified in Texas in 2009.

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In a report from South Sulphur Unit at Cooper Lake State Park: Due to recent rains over Cooper Lake and the watershed that feeds its tributaries, the lake has risen approximately 6’ in the last three months. Thanks to the rise in water levels, all boat ramps on Cooper Lake are open.

The Dam on Cooper Lake is in good condition, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. It is monitored daily and is safe for travel. All problems or potential problems are thoroughly investigated.

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Cooper Lake State Park remains open. But, the road to the spillway - which is not within the park boundaries - has been closed.

Two days into the federal government shutdown, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff have been emphasizing to the public that state parks remain open.

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Some welcome rains this afternoon aren't enough to make a dent in the overall drought in Northeast Texas.

Why you should be vigilant of Zebra Mussels

Jun 1, 2012
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GRAYSON COUNTY - Zebra mussels were first found in the United States in the mid 1980s. It was only three years ago that scientists discovered the invasive species had spread to Lake Texoma, which sits on the Red River between Oklahoma and Texas.

Recent rains continue to pay dividends

Mar 26, 2012

COOPER - There are more positive signs for area lakes, with officials reporting that Cooper Lake is now about one and a half feet below normal elevation.

Cooper Lake levels impacting Dallas suburb

Nov 29, 2011
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IRVING - Lake levels in Northeast Texas are not only becoming an issue for area communities, but for a heavily populated city in the Metroplex.

Water levels OK now, but not for long

Sep 30, 2011

SULPHUR SPRINGS - Drought conditions in Texas are continuing to diminish water supplies locally.