Wear your life jacket this summer!

Jun 03, 2024

Sharing the safety message … GRDA Police Officer Eddy Bob Matthews shares share important water safety and life jacket information with children at recent day camp event at the Chouteau Public Library. Year-round, GRDA officers make water safety education a priority.

With over 70,000 surface acres of lake waters across Grand and Hudson, along with the W.R. Holway Reservoir and the scenic Illinois River under its control, the Grand River Dam Authority’s commitment to stewardship of Oklahoma’s natural resources and popular recreation areas is broad. Whether you are sailing on the wide-open waters of Grand Lake, fishing in a quiet Lake Hudson cove or floating down the scenic Illinois River on a summer afternoon, GRDA is committed to protecting these waters and helping to keep you safe as you enjoy them.

That is why the GRDA Police Department’s “boat safe, smart and sober” message is shared year-round. Through outreach programs like the “I Got Caught” lifejacket campaign, classroom visits, and other efforts, our officers are educating children about the importance of life jacket use and water safety at every opportunity.

However, while GRDA is always reaching out to the younger generation to promote life jacket usage, the very best way to reinforce the message is for adult boaters to set an example. Heading out to the water with your children? Wear your own life jacket so they can see just how important they are. It is a great way to boat smart and safe. As the 2024 summer season gets underway, now is a great time to commit to wearing your life jacket on the water.

Safe boating is a message the GRDA Police will always be sharing because it will always be important. If you have questions about life jackets, boating safety or lake rules and regulations, you can contact GRDA Police at (918) 256-0911 or visit online at

GRDA is Oklahoma’s largest public power 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.