Texas Parks and Wildlife

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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Hopkins County
4:51 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Cooper Lake center closes

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is researching possible future uses for the Cooper Lake Center in Hopkins County.

Financial problems have compelled the closing of the Cooper Lake Center in Hopkins County. A few light poles remain in an abandoned parking lot where bluegrass concerts and other events were held.

The South Sulphur Regional Development Association, sponsor of the Cooper Lake Center since the mid-1990s, has said it decided to close the facility for financial reasons.

The center, occupying former farm land on County Road 4777, has depended almost entirely on private donations.

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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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Outdoors with Luke Clayton
11:14 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Operation Game Thief stops poachers

This week, Luke visits with Bob Harper, a director with Texas' highly successful Operation Game Thief. 

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Local Interest
9:30 am
Tue December 4, 2012

City of Cooper Reopens Tennis Courts

Newly renovated tennis courts at the City Park in Cooper.
Cindy Roller/Cooper Review

COOPER - City of Cooper Mayor Scotty Stegall announced Monday the tennis courts at the City Park were finished with renovations. 

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