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Jim Chapman Lake Information:
The 19,300 surface acre Jim Chapman Lake (formerly Cooper Lake) was formed by damming the South Sulphur River. Construction on the dam began in 1986, and was completed in the fall of 1991. Public boating access was available in November, 1992. The lake and dam are managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Plant life includes post oak, winged elm, Bois d’ Arc, Texas honey locust, mesquite, eastern red cedar, toothache tree, eastern persimmon, Mexican wild plum, and hickory. Lake area wildlife includes grey fox, bobcat, opossum, beaver, raccoon, white-tailed deer, nine-banded armadillo, and eastern cottontail. Predominate fish species include largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, blue gill, and white & hybrid striped bass. The lake is known for its great bass and crappie fishing. Birding is popular and offers possible sightings of pelicans, bald eagles, wild turkey and waterfowl. The closest lake towns include Cooper (north), Klondike (northwest), Emblem (southwest), Peerless (south), and Posey (southeast). The lake is located 1.5 hours east of Dallas, Texas.From Dallas take IH-30 East. Take Exit 101 to SH 24. Take SH 24 though Commerce, and then take the first Cooper, Texas exit to SH 154. Follow SH 154 through Cooper, then go right on FM 1529 and follow the signs. Cultural History   ff
 
Sulphur River:
The 183 mile long Sulphur River rises at the junction of the North Sulphur and South Sulphur Rivers in Fannin County. The Middle Sulphur River’s rises four miles northeast of Wolfe City in northeastern Hunt County. It flows for 26 miles to its mouth on the South Sulphur River at Jim Chapman Lake (formerly Cooper Lake). The North Sulphur River flows east and southeast before reaching its mouth on the South Sulphur River two miles north of Cunningham in Lamar County, and 26 miles downstream from the Jim Chapman Lake dam. This main Sulphur River stream flows eastward where it is dammed six miles southeast of Redwater, Texas to form Wright Patman Lake. It exits Wright Patman Lake and continues east and enters Arkansas, four miles east of Domino. In Arkansas it flows east for fifteen miles to its mouth on the Red River, two miles northeast of Doddridge in southern Miller County. Fish Stocking History    
 
Lake Directions From Texarkana:
Take IH-30 West. Take Exit 127 to Loop 301, then go right on SH 19 for approximately 10 miles to the lake.
 
Lake Directions From Dallas:
Take IH-30 East. Take Exit 101 to SH 24. Take SH 24 though Commerce, and then take the first Cooper, Texas exit to SH 154. Follow SH 154 through Cooper, then go right on FM 1529 and follow the signs.