GRDA Police offer safe boating tips for July 4 holiday

Jul 01, 2019

Despite higher elevations, lakes are open, ready to welcome visitors …

Following a May and June marked by historic, heavy rains across the region, the levels of both Grand Lake and Lake Hudson will be above normal elevations throughout the July 4th holiday. It is also likely that floodgates will be open through the holiday as well, at both Pensacola Dam and Robert S. Kerr Dam.

Due to these current conditions, the Grand River Dam Authority Police Department is urging boaters to use extreme caution when visiting GRDA’s lakes.

“Both Grand and Hudson lake will be open for business for all those who plan to celebrate our great country’s independence day on the water,” said GRDA Executive Vice President/Chief of Law Enforcement Brian Edwards. “We just stress that everyone uses safe boating practices. While the water in both lakes has begun to clear, boaters should always be on the lookout for hazards in the water and be mindful of their surroundings.”

The GRDA Police Department offers the following boating tips to keep in mind during times of elevated lake levels:

Finally, a good reminder for boating in all conditions: always, always wear your life jacket.

Additionally, it is important that the public make safety a priority in all areas near GRDA hydroelectric facilities.

Whether you are on land or water, the GRDA Police Department wants you to be aware of the following information related to dam safety.

Keep in mind that notifications such as signs, buoys, sirens, fencing and flashing lights are all intended to notify those in the area when floodgates are open, generators are operating or water is rising swiftly.

Also, it is very important to remember that it is against the law to enter into generation and floodwater releases.

The following tips are shared to help keep you safe near GRDA facilities:

For more information on the GRDA Police Department and lake safety, or for information on how an officer can assist you, contact the department at (918) 256 0911 or visit us online at

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees and efficiency.

Contact: Justin Alberty
Vice President of Corporate Communications