Cooper Lake is the last Texas flood-control lake planned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Fishermen are already finding good catches. A four-lane boat ramp near the dam at Tira Access and a two-lane ramp at John's Creek Access near Klondike provide boating access. Cooper Lake State Park has two units; Doctor's Creek unit on the northside of the dam offers camping, boat ramps, swimming beach, and picnic facilities, all ADA approved; South Sulphur unit on the south side of the lake offers the same amenities.
The lake is expected to be excellent for Florida-strain largemouth bass, crappie, catfish and bluegills.
Operated by the City of Paris for recreation and water supply; lighted picnic areas and campsites. Water skiing is popular sport and anglers find excellent fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish, catfish and hybrid striped bass.