GRDA Police encouraging safe outings on the lakes and river during July 4 holiday

Jul 02, 2024

Headed out the waters of Grand Lake, Lake Hudson, or the scenic Illinois River for the July 4 holiday? If so, the Grand River Dam Authority wants to remind you of some important boating and floating safety tips.

Whether your holiday weekend plans take you to the waters of Grand Lake, Lake Hudson or the Scenic Illinois River, the Grand River Dam Authority Police Department is encouraging you to boat safe, smart, and sober.

The Independence Day holiday is typically one of the busiest times on the lakes and river and 2024 should be no exception. On all these waters, GRDA Police will be out in full force to perform patrols, assist boaters and, of course, promote safe outings.

“We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the beautiful water resources,” said GRDA Corporate Spokesperson Justin Alberty. “However, to help promote safe outings, please wear your life jackets, use common sense on the water and watch out for others. These things can help make your outing safe and enjoyable.”

Here are a few other safety tips to keep in mind as you visit as well:

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions concerning lake rules:

GRDA is also reminding boaters of the special rules in place for both the Duck Creek arm of Grand Lake and Woodard Hollow:

The Duck Creek boating rules are as follows:

The Woodard Hollow boating rules are as follows:

GRDA Police continues to stress the dangers of drinking and boating. According to United States Coast Guard statistics on recreational boating, alcohol use remains the leading contributing factor in boating accidents.

“Alcohol use can impair your judgment, your depth perception and your overall ability to operate a vessel,” said Alberty. “Additionally, it can create a dangerous situation not only for you but for your passengers and everyone else in the water around you.”

GRDA officers will be continuing the “I Got Caught” life jacket campaign during the July 4 holiday, on GRDA lakes and the Illinois River. As part of the program, free t-shirts are given to those boaters who are “caught” wearing their life jackets on GRDA waters.

For more information about the GRDA Police Department or how an officer can assist you, contact the department at 918-256-0911. If you have an emergency on the water, call 911.