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Doctors Creek Unit Turns 20 Years

Doctors Creek traditionally offers a drive through lights display over the holidays, weather permitting, as one of their many programs.
Cindy Roller
/
Cooper Review

Doctors Creek Unit just celebrated 20 years of service to this area and Delta County. On Jan. 3, 1996 Doctors Creek Unit of Cooper Lake State Park opened. The Cooper Lake Project was authorized in 1955 and construction began in 1986, according to the history sited.

Cooper Lake as it is fondly referred is currently just over six foot over the normal full pool of 440 foot, which includes flooding of some areas of both the just over 700 acres of Doctors Creek and also in some of the just over 2,000 acres of the South Sulphur Unit in Hopkins County.

The parks offer programs for visitors on a regular basis from star gazing to nature hikes led by park officials. Doctors Creek is also supported by the Friends of Doctors Creek organization to which helps support the operation of the park including events like the drive through Christmas lights display and annual fish fry and fishing tournament.

A unique “buried history” lies under the waters of this lake as traces of earlier residents. The history of the Caddo Indians that came here thousands of years ago, and settlers and farmers moved into the area in the 1800s can be found under the blue Cooper Lake waters.

For more on Cooper Lake State Parks visit online at http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/cooper-lake or follow the parks on Facebook.

Doctors Creek has experienced an abundance of recent flooding in 2015.
Credit Cindy Roller / Cooper Review
Doctors Creek has experienced an abundance of recent flooding in 2015.

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