Hooked on Salmon
The Governor Hogg Shrine is in Quitman, near Tyler. Named for the state’s first Texas-born governor (1891-5) it is the only state park with three museums: the Stinson Home, where Hogg was married; the Honeymoon Cottage, the Hogg’s first home; and the Miss Ima Hogg museum (yes, that’s what they named her). Take U.S. 69 north from Tyler to Mineola, then State Highway 37 north for about eight miles to Quitman or call (903) 763-0405.
Cedar Hill State Park is 15 miles southwest of Sulphur Springs, so close to Dallas the city’s nighttime skyline reflects in the park’s lake. Cedar Hill features Penn Farm, a look at farm life and agricultural machinery in the days when horses and mules were being left behind. The park is 10 miles southwest of Dallas, four miles southeast of Grand Prairie and three miles west of Cedar Hill on FM 1382, or call (972) 291-5940.
Cooper Lake State Park in northeast Texas offers shoreline fishing for a variety of fish including largemouth bass, catfish (channel, blue and flathead), crappie, bluegill and white and hybrid striped bass. There are actually two parks, so call ahead at (903) 945-5256 to find the one for you and directions.
A Texas fishing license will run you about $20, and there are additional stamp fees for some species. License information is at (800) 792-1112. To find out more about state parks around Dallas, call (800) 792-1112 or go to www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park.