Cooper Lake

Texas Environment
2:39 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Boat draining now mandatory at all Texas lakes

Texas Parks and Wildlife's Todd Robinson holds a rock covered with zebra mussels in Lake Texoma, Texas. The mollusk can stick to nearly anything, posing problems for power plants and fishing boats.
Credit StateImpact Texas

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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Texas Environment
11:36 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Boat ramps open again on Cooper Lake

Fishing from a boat resumes on Cooper Lake now that the boat ramps are all open.
Cindy Roller Cooper Review/KETR

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.

Texas Outdoors
5:56 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Cooper Lake State Park open; spillway road closed

Cooper Lake State Park remains open, but the road behind the dam on the lake's east side has been closed.
Google Maps

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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Texas Water
3:30 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Cooper Lake at less than half capacity as drought continues

Cooper Lake has retreated well past its former banks.
Cindy Roller KETR

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

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Lake Texoma
11:15 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Why you should be vigilant of Zebra Mussels

Zebra Mussels
Howard Roark Flickr

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.

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7:13 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Recent rains continue to pay dividends

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.

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7:40 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Cooper Lake levels impacting Dallas suburb

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

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9:12 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Water levels OK now, but not for long

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

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