GRDA Police offer safe boating, floating tips for July 4 holiday

Jun 30, 2021

If your holiday weekend plans include a trip to Grand or Hudson lakes, the Grand River Dam Authority Police Department wants to pass along some important safety tips that can help promote a fun, memorable outing.

As water enthusiasts across the region gear up for the July 4 holiday weekend on Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the scenic Illinois River, the Grand River Dam Authority Police Department wants to help them stay safe during their visit.

Of course, boating, and floating, safe, smart, and sober is the best way to promote fun outings on the water. However, there are several other things you can do to make safety a priority while still enjoying your visit.

Due to recent heavy rains and inflows into the Grand River system, it is likely that lake levels will be above normal during the holiday weekend. Because of these current conditions, GRDA Police are urging boaters to use extreme caution when visiting Grand and Hudson lakes. Keep these important safety tips in mind:

Headed to the waters of the scenic Illinois River for the holiday weekend? If so, the Grand River Dam Authority Police Department wants to share some important tips that can contribute to safe float trip.

Additionally, here are a few safety tips to keep in mind anytime you visit the lakes or the Illinois River:

As weather conditions warrant, GRDA posts floodwater release bulletins and Illinois River advisories on its Facebook page. You can also find the latest lake level information on the “Lake Levels” link on

For more information about the GRDA Police Department or how an officer can assist the public, contact the department at 918-256-0911.

For those who need assistance from their boat, the GRDA Police Department said to call 911. Those who do not have a cell phone available can radio the GRDA Police on Marine Band 16.