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Cooper Lake: Low Lakes Make Beautiful Texas Sunsets

Cooper Lake is a great getaway, even with low water levels.

A few weeks ago my girlfriend and I took a trip to Cooper Lake State Park where we stayed in a cabin at the South Sulphur Unit.

We planned on doing a little fishing from the two piers there as well as some swimming. Other than that, we did not make any other plans.

When we got there, we were in for a surprise because the water at the lake was so low that one of the piers had no water, and the other was too low to do any good.

We did what we could and were able to enjoy the beautiful sunsets that, for some reason, seemed even better with the low water.

Here are a couple of tips in case you happen to be in the same boat.


The first advice I suggest is to do some research on where you are going. I wish we would have looked up the water levels at the lake or at least looked to see what people were saying about it.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department gives great details about their parks as well as lake and river info. This would have saved a lot of time and heartache.

Be Flexible

This is where we made up for not doing any research. We looked for other possible recreational activities and we ended up having a great weekend. Sometimes things do not go the way you want or planned, so keep an open mind and stay positive.

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We ended up taking a drive to Lake Tawakoni where we swam and had a picnic. The swim beach there was wonderful, and though they do not have fishing piers, you can fish from the banks.

Enjoy What You’ve Got

We still stayed in the gorgeous cabins at Cooper Lake: two double beds, a couch which folded out into another bed, dining room table, full kitchen (minus utensils like pots and pans), a patio with a grill, a fire pit with an additional grill (where we spent our nights making s’mores and listening to nature), and for those who don’t like the heat, they come with air conditioning.

If you’ve been in a similar situation, let us know how you made the most of your fishing trip in the comments below.


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Cooper Lake: Low Lakes Make Beautiful Texas Sunsets