Cooper Lake

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 www.tonyparkersguideservice.com 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.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says Cooper Lake is full for the first time since 2010, after the recent rains.  And Delta County voters will decide the fate of off-premise beer and wine sales in an election Saturday, May 9.  Early voting in the election ends Tuesday.

Lake Cooper is within a couple feet of normal elevation, boat ramps are open and fishing has been great. Veteran guide Tony Parker (903-348 1619) joins Luke this week to tell you how to catch em'!
Luke Clayton

Lake Cooper is within a couple feet of normal elevation, boat ramps are open and fishing has been great. Veteran guide Tony Parker (903-348 1619) joins Luke this week to tell you how to catch em'!

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

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.

Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

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.

Courtesy Photo

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

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