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Cooper Wildlife Management Area
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Cooper Wildlife Management Area Information:
The 14,480 acre Wildlife Management Area is located on the South Sulphur River 4 miles south of Cooper, Texas. 9,460 of its acres are located on Jim Chapman Lake (formerly Cooper Lake). The WMA consists of all the lake lands that are not part of the Cooper Lake State Park. 4,700 of these acres are woodlands. Habitat consists of bottomland hardwoods, wetlands, grasslands, shrub lands, upland hardwood, several creeks, and the North and South forks of the Sulphur River. Activities include hunting, fishing, hiking, biking and wildlife viewing. Several of the old roads are designated as hiking and mountain biking trails. A road below the dam provides access for wildlife viewing. ADA compliant restrooms facilities are located at Johns Creek Boat Ramp. Bring your own drinking water. Heavy rains may make roads impassable. Camping and fires are prohibited, but camping is available at Doctors Creek Unit and the South Sulphur Unit at Cooper Lake State Park. Hunting is permitted for white-tailed deer (archery only), feral hog, dove, quail, waterfowl, woodcock, gallinule, rail, snipe, rabbit, hare, squirrel and frog. Hunting is by compartment. Hunters may bring portable blinds; ATV or ORV use is permitted. The WMA is managed by TPWD under a license agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The WMA is open year round. Know that flooding during heavy rains may make some roads impassable. (903) 945-3132. From Dallas, take IH-30 to Sulphur Springs, then take SH 19 North 14 miles to CR 4795. Drive west on CR 4795 for 0.8 miles, then turn south and travel 0.1 miles to the first left turn; turn left at this turn and drive to the WMA Headquarters.  Cooper Wildlife Management Area Map
 
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      
 
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.  
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Cooper Lake State Park Information:  
The 3,026 acre park is comprised of two units, the Doctors Creek Unit and the South Sulphur Unit. Both units are located on the 19,300 acre Jim Chapman Lake (formerly Cooper Lake). The Doctors Creek Unit is located near Cooper, Texas on the north side of the lake. The South Sulphur Unit is located on the south shore of the lake. Construction of the lake dam on the South Sulphur River began in 1986, and was completed in the fall of 1991. The park land was acquired by lease from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in January 1991, and boating access to the lake began in November 1992. Both units were opened to the public in 1996. The park sits on rolling hills, with the steeper hills found at the South Sulphur Unit. The park is located at the junction of the eastern end of the tall grass prairies and the post oak savannah. 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. 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. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more information watch the park video.
 
Directions:
Cooper WMA is located northeast of Dallas about 70 miles. Take IH 30 to Sulphur Springs and then take SH 19 north 14 miles to CR 4795. After turning west on CR 4795, travel 0.8 miles and then turn south and travel 0.1 miles to the first left, which goes to the Headquarters.