Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) invites visitors to take a dip at the region’s state parks to beat summer’s heat. Cooper Lake State Park and Lake Tawakoni State Park in the Upper East Side of Texas top TPWD’s list of swim-friendly lakes.

Cooper Lake State Park is well-known for its amenities and offers swimming at two locations. The Sulphur Creek Unit is on the lake’s south side in Hopkins County near Sulphur Springs. The park area offers several family-friendly amenities close to the swim area, including showers and restrooms.

The Doctors Creek Unit is located on the lake’s north side near Cooper in Delta County and offers a designated swim area next to a playground, a sand volleyball court, and a picnic pavilion.

Cooper Lake is one of the system’s newest parks and therefore offers modern amenities such as campsites with electricity, common area restrooms and showers, and climate-controlled cabins near the lake.

For information about Cooper Lake State Park call (903) 945-5256 or visit https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/cooper-lake.

Lake Tawakoni State Park is located closest to Wills Point in Van Zandt County. The lake is a reservoir that covers more than 37,000 acres.

The park has one designated swim area with a beach next to picnic areas and restrooms. Swimmers are urged to follow precautions and swim with other capable swimmers or at their own risk as no lifeguard is on duty. Children can swim if supervised by an adult who knows how to swim.

The park offers many campsites and hiking trails along Lake Tawakoni’s winding waterfront.

For information about Lake Tawakoni State Park call (903) 560-7123 or visit https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-tawakoni.

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