Off-Road Regulations for GRDA Properties

GRDA Officers will be patrolling and enforcing the following rules, as well as applicable State laws on the state properties below Pensacola Dam. Consumption of alcoholic beverages and low-point beer will not be tolerated while operating or riding in a vehicle, motorcycle, or ATV. Operating a vehicle, motorcycle, or ATV while under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be tolerated.
Helmets must be worn by all operators AND passengers who are under the age of eighteen (18) in any off-road vehicle, or vehicle being used for off-road activities, any motorcycles, and any ATV’s.
Children who are required by law to be in a properly installed and secured child seat based on age and size, and are in a vehicle with a ROPS, may be properly secured in the seat without a helmet.
There are some areas of the GRDA properties that are restricted, such as immediately below the dam & spillways. Areas that are covered by Rip-Rap are also considered restricted areas, as well as areas marked by signs and barricades. DO NOT ENTER or attempt to drive in these areas. Patrons shall not cross the zones which are barricaded and marked off, or they will be subject to trespassing.

Notice To The Public


Please take notice that The Grand River Dam Authority has received an application for a private dock requiring directional bearing. Such directional bearing relates to a dock application for a private dock which if approved shall extend 124 feet across a cove, which measures 198.4 feet across from 745 feet mean sea level to 745 feet mean sea level on the nearest opposite shoreline.

Applicant: Joe Ferguson

Location: Grove

Lake Address: 31700 S 622 Rd, Grove, Ok

Legal Description: Township 24N, Range 24E, Section 17

Project: Private Dock

If you would like to request additional information, please address your request to the Grand River Dam Authority Administration Headquarters, P. O. Box 409, Vinita, Oklahoma 74301 or call (918) 256-0632.

GRDA recognized for innovative partnerships with Oklahoma higher education

Vinita – The Grand River Dam Authority has been recognized for its cooperative and innovative partnerships with Oklahoma institutes of higher education.

GRDA President/Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan (fourth from right) holds the “Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award” along with Northeastern State University (NSU) President Dr. Steve Turner. Also in the photograph are (from left) GRDA Vice President of Scenic Rivers and Water Quality Ed Fite, GRDA Vice President of Ecosystems and Watershed Management Dr. Darrell Townsend, NSU Director of Community and Government Relations Mary Bower, NSU Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Jessica Martin, GRDA Watershed Ecologist Rich Zamor, GRDA Executive Vice President of External Relations Nathan Reese, GRDA Laboratory Director Steve Nikolai and NSU Assistant Professor of Education/Special Assistant to President/OSRHE Economic Council Representative Dr. Ron Cambiano. GRDA received a similar award for its work with Northeastern A&M College in Miami.

On Tuesday, March 13, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) awarded GRDA with two separate “Regents Business Partnership Excellence” awards during a special luncheon at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. GRDA received the recognition for recent initiatives with both Northeastern State University (Tahlequah) and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (Miami). GRDA was the only organization to receive two awards at the event.

“We are honored to receive these awards from the regents,” said GRDA President/Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan. “Not only do these partnerships help support higher education, but they also help us to fulfill our stewardship mission. We’re proud to be a part of something so innovative and so beneficial to Oklahoma.”

Recently, GRDA partnered with Northeastern State University (NSU) to establish a new water monitoring laboratory on campus, which will be utilized by students and devoted to water quality research along the scenic Illinois River. That partnership will also help to fund scholarships and provide in-class projects and independent research devoted not only to water quality but also animal movements on the river and enhanced bacteria research. The lab will also be utilized by NSU faculty and staff, as well as GRDA personnel.

GRDA’s partnership with Northeastern A&M College (NEOA&M) began in 2016 when the two entities came together to not only increase educational and research opportunities for students but also revitalize livestock grazing and pecan-producing on properties owned by GRDA along the Neosho River in Ottawa County. Through the partnership, GRDA leases nearly 3,000 acres to NEOA&M, which in turn subleases some of the property to other agriculture interests. Revenues from those subleases help support the college’s agriculture programs. Other property is utilized as outdoor classrooms.

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 5E’s: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees and efficiency.

GRDA Improves Water Safety Initiatives with Funding

Langley — The Grand River Dam Authority’s ongoing commitment to promoting water safety on its lakes and rivers is always a priority. Recently, that commitment was reinforced when GRDA donated funds to continue a long-standing partnership with the Grand Lake Sail and Power Squadron (GLSPS).

GRDA Community Relations Officer Ed Ferguson (left) presents a check to Ken Moore, GLSPS Commander and Barbara Zinn, coordinator for the life jacket distribution programs.

For many years, GLSPS has been an active advocacy group in the Grand Lake region, promoting boater and water safety through a number of programs. Due to the recent $6,125.00 donation from GRDA, the GLSPS will continue a very important outreach program in 2018; one focused on providing lake users with life jackets. 

“Safety is the core mission of the GRDA Police, and the programs that the GLSPS conducts to distribute life jackets have a positive impact on our ability to reduce casualties on Oklahoma lakes and rivers,” said GRDA Community Relations Officer Ed Ferguson.

Life jackets purchased with those funds will be distributed to lake users through various GLSPS programs and events, added Ferguson.

In fact, the first of these give-away programs took place at the recent Grand Lake Boat and Sport Show in Grove, where the GLSPS handed out free life jackets to children. As part of that effort, GLSPS members also ensured the jackets were properly fitted to each recipient. Most importantly, parents were able to leave the show knowing their children had received the most important piece of equipment they would need for any water-related outing.  

Pat Janiga (left) with the GLSPS made another child and parent happy at the Grand Lake Boat and Sport show in early March by providing the youngster with a new life jacket.

The GLSPS will be conducting a similar life jacket distribution program at the South Grand Lake Camp Bandage event on Saturday, June 9th. This free safety fair for families will be held at the Grand Lake RV Resort in Duck Creek (at 31527 S. 4510 Rd., Afton). The public is encourage to attend the event and bring their children, so that GLSPS can continue to provide properly-fitted life jackets, at no charge.

Of course, the GLSPS also maintains a number of static life jacket loaner stations

GLSPS stocks a variety of life jackets that can be used by the public at the loaner stations on Grand Lake, such as the one shown at the Wolf Creek Park boat ramp in Grove.

around the north Grand Lake area. These stations are equipped with various sizes of life jackets for children and adults and allow users to “borrow” a life jacket before they venture out onto the water. Currently, five life jacket stations are located around the lake for public use, these include the Wolf Creek Park boat ramp, Honey Creek State Park boat ramp, Grand Lake State Park boat ramp in Bernice, Twin Bridges State Park boat ramp and the Elk River boat ramp.

The GLSPS expects to distribute over 500 life jackets this year as a result of the funds provided by the GRDA.

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

Grand Lake’s “Adopt the Shoreline” program set to begin

The GRDA Shoreline Cleanup Crew, at work on the waters of Grand Lake. Thanks to a new lake-wide initiative, organized by GRDA, other partners and many volunteers, there is an even greater focus coming to shoreline cleanup efforts around the lake.

Langley –  Last year, several entities, including the Grand River Dam Authority, Grand Lake Sail & Power Squadron and various grand lake stakeholders came together to develop the “Adopt the Shoreline” Program for Grand Lake. Today, their coordinated effort is set to begin and will bring a new commitment to shoreline preservation and protection along miles and miles of the lake’s scenic shoreline.

“Lake of the Ozarks, in Missouri, has had a successful program like this in place for quite some time,” said GRDA Superintendent of Shoreline Enforcement Scott Horton. “We reviewed their program and are expecting similar results around Grand. We have a great organization in place.”

According to Horton, GRDA realized the real need for an ongoing shoreline cleanup initiative after routine aerial surveys of Grand Lake. While the “Lend A Hand For Lady Grand” program has been successful for many years, this new effort is expected to expand both the reach and volunteer base for cleanup efforts. Horton said the “Lend a Hand for Lady Grand” program will continue to take place annually in addition to the “Adopt the Shoreline” Program.

The program works like this: the shoreline is divided into 10 “zones”, with a coordinator for each zone. That coordinator organizes volunteers who work together at set times to clean up their specific zone. GRDA will support the effort by supplying trash bags and will also be paying the disposal costs for all approved program cleanup events. At the same time, GRDA has also staffed its own full-time shoreline cleanup crew, complete with a barge and the necessary equipment to remove large debris form the lake shore.

The program will be highlighted by large cleanup events in April and August of each year, although each zone will be able to do their own cleanup efforts at other times as well.

“The goal is to not only to preserve the beauty of this scenic shoreline but also to keep it safe for all visitors,” said Horton. “We appreciate our coordinating committee and all our volunteers for their commitment to this effort.”

Of course, there is always room for more help. If you would like to volunteer or learn more about the effort, you can visit the program’s website at, and select the “how to join” tab.  You can also contact Horton at (918) 256-0894 for more information.

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.