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Steve Killian, superintendent of Cooper Lake State Park, says the park will reopen for camping Monday, May 18 for those with existing reservations.  Campers may begin making reservations, but Steve says it may be June 1 or thereabouts before they'll be able to camp.  Meanwhile, the park has been hitting its occupancy limit early in the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday, so it's important to pay for admission online in advance before arriving at the p

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Steve Killian, superintendent of Cooper Lake State Park, says the park is open again for day-use only (no camping allowed).  Masks and social distancing are required, and the park playground equipment is not open for children.  Entry fees must be paid online in advance.  Those with a season pass should also go online to get a permit.

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Steve Killian, superintendent of Cooper Lake State Park, says the park will be full of campers and other visitors the next two weeks for spring break.  Steve says about 50 percent of the park's visitors come from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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Steve Killian, superintendent of Cooper Lake State Park, says the South Sulphur Unit will host two wildlife-oriented programs this weekend: "Walk Your Dog in Wildlife," at 1 p.m. Saturday (February 22), and "Invaders from Earth," about invasive species found in the park, at 9 a.m. Sunday (February23).  Steve also says, after a recent trout fishing event, hundreds of trout remain for fishing in the pond near the park headquarters.

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Steve Killian, the superintendent of the Cooper Lake State Park, relates the many activities at the South Sulphur Unit this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend.  Events include archery instruction, a "talk and walk" on beavers; and family trout fishing on Saturday; a nature hike at 10 a.m. on Sunday; and the "Skins and Skulls" nature hike at 2 p.m.

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Steve Killian, superintendent of Cooper Lake State Park, says the Doctor's Creek Unit of the park will host a "Winter Wonderland" Christmas celebration from 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights (December 13-14) this weekend, with holiday lights, live music, treats and a visit from Santa Claus.  Steve says campers who decorate their cabins or other camping sites will camp free.  Doctor's Creek is located at 1664 FM 1529 near Cooper.

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Steve Killian, superintendent of the Cooper Lake State Park, says the park with benefit from the recent passage of Proposition 5 among the state constitutional amendments, along with other state parks.  It will direct funds from sales taxes on sporting goods to the parks.  Steve says it may allow a heavily damaged pier at Cooper Lake State Park to finally be repaired years after it was nearly destroyed.

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Steve Killian, superintendent of Cooper Lake State Park, says Proposition 5 on the state constitutional amendment ballot Tuesday, November 5, would dedicate a large percentage of sporting-goods sales taxes to the state parks, including Cooper Lake's South Sulphur and Doctor's Creek units.

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Steve Killian, superintendent of the Cooper Lake State Park, reflects on the role of park rangers, which for Steve includes living in the park.  Many park activities are scheduled at at the South Sulphur and Doctor's Creek units, including a Boot Camp and BBQ at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 28, and a Water Science program at 2 p.m., Sunday, September 29 at the South Sulphur unit, and a live music program and dance at Doctor's Creek, Saturday evening, October 5.

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Steve Killian, superintendent of the Cooper Lake State Parks, discusses upcoming events in the park, including "Critter Corner" at 4 p.m. Fridays at the South Sulphur Unit, where children will learn about an animal that lives in the park, and Archery lessons, at 6 p.m. Saturday (September 14) and Saturday, September 28, also at the South Sulphur Unit.

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Steve Killian, superitendent of the Cooper Lake State Parks, discusses the beautiful photographs and videos of the park that have recently appeared on Facebook, and well as several upcoming activities at the South Sulphur and Doctors Creek units.

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Steve Killian, the complex superintendent at Cooper Lake State Park, discusses the opportunities of the park, which in effect is divided into two separate parks, the South Sulphur Unit on the south side, and the Doctor's Creek Unit on the north side.  Because of the lake's status as a U.S.

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Jack Neal, executive director of the Northeast Texas Trail, is joined by Steve Killian, the director the Cooper Lake State Park, who recently hiked the entire length of the trail from Farmersville to New Boston.  Jack  and Steve discuss the characteristics of the trail in different locations along the way.