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Cooper Lake State Park

Course info

Scale varies by course: Red uses 1:10000; Orange, Brown and Green use 1:7500; White and Yellow use 1:5000. Contour interval is 3 meters.

Orienteers may ignore any “trail closed” signs for this competition.

Course Length (K) Climb (M) # controls
Day 1
White-A 1.88 36 14
White-B 1.87 36 14
Yellow-A 2.75 45 15
Yellow-B 2.70 45 15
Orange 4.43 87 15
Brown 3.08 57 10
Green 4.90 108 15
Red 6.39 150 19
Day 2
White-A 2.41 42 12
White-B 2.40 42 12
Yellow-A 3.31 54 14
Yellow-B 3.32 51 14
Orange 4.65 102 15
Brown 3.47 69 14
Green 4.72 123 15
Red 6.07 141 18

The White courses on both days have a high density of controls, many with similar control descriptions. Please be careful in checking control codes and make sure to punch all the controls in order!

There are many controls visible in the forest. Be sure to check your control codes! Also, there are a lot of extra, non-orienteering-related ribbons in the terrain.

Out-of-bounds areas (such as the camping areas, ranger homes, or the water pumping station) are marked as out of bounds on the map.

There will be at least one water stop with drinking water on (or near) all courses. They are indicated by the Cup symbol on the map, not in the control descriptions. Please use the cups provided and dispose of them in the bag or bin provided.

The Day 2 longer advanced courses cross a private business road in the west end of the park. A large, temporary pipeline has been laid adjacent to the road and is not marked on the map. Some large mowers may be operating along the service road and under power lines near the south edge of the Day 2 terrain. Obviously, watch out and give way to cars as necessary.

The Day 1 parking is in the Heron Harbor Day Use Area Parking lot. The Day 1 registration, starts and finishes are all in the Heron Harbor Day Use Area.

Day 2 competition start and finish will be in the Buggy Whip Equestrian Camping Area. Limited parking is available in Buggy Whip so be prepared to use the Honey Creek Day Use Area parking lot. The walk from Honey Creek parking to Day 2 start is approximately 700 meters.

Hazards

Vegetation: Green briar, honey locust (read: long thorns), and poison ivy — they typically are less hazardous when dormant in the winter, but it already feels like spring here in Texas. And wear gaiters. (Have we mentioned that?)

Fauna: The park is home to some venomous snakes (rattlesnake, copperhead, water moccasin, etc.), but they will still be dormant. Destructive feral hogs are present, but you’ll likely see only the mess they leave behind. If you do see them, make loud noise and they will run away. Common non-hazardous creatures include white-tailed deer and the nine-banded armadillo (NTOA’s mascot).

Insects: Mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, etc., should not be emerging yet.

Man-made: Ruined fences with barbed wire lying on the ground or just a foot or so off the ground.

Terrain: Deep gullies with tall earth banks as previously mentioned.

Stan Darnell

(Many thanks to Jim Stevens and Lisa Carr for composing and editing last year's notes, which I plagiarized heavily.)


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