GRDA Police encouraging safe July 4 holiday boating

Langley – For many lake enthusiasts, the July 4th holiday marks the high point of the summer season on Oklahoma’s water playgrounds. Grand and Hudson lakes in Northeast Oklahoma are certainly no exception, as large crowds are expected to hit the water for boating, swimming, skiing, tubing, cruising or simply relaxing along the shore.

A GRDA Police boat makes its way across the waters of Grand Lake. GRDA Police are encouraging lake visitors to have an enjoyable and safe time on Grand and Hudson lakes over the July 4 holiday by “boating safe, boating smart and boating sober.”

With that in mind, the Grand River Dam Authority Police Department wants to remind all those lake visitors that “boating safe, boating smart and boating sober” is still the best way to spend time on the water.

“Grand and Hudson lakes are great places to visit, especially during the summer boating season,” said GRDA Assistant General Manager of Law Enforcement/Homeland Security Brian Edwards, “but we want all those visitors to have a safe outing by using common sense and following the boating rules.”

The following tips can also be helpful to lake visitors as they plan a trip to GRDA lakes this summer.

Before you leave the dock, know the stability, load capability and handling of the vessel you are operating. Remember, every boat is different.

All boats must be equipped with certain safety equipment, but this equipment is useless if you don’t know how to use it. Learn how to properly use all the safety equipment on your boat.

Double-check to see if you have all the required safety equipment on your boat:

  • Life jackets (for all passengers)
  • Bailing device
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Horn or whistle
  • Throwable cushions
  • Anchor
  • Oar
  • Operating boat lights

Check the water conditions and know where hazards like sandbars and stump beds are located.

Before you leave the dock, check the weather conditions. Don’t get caught on the lake in a storm you could have avoided.

Airplane pilots file a flight plan. Boaters need a float plan. Tell someone responsible where you are going and when you expect to return.

Finally: Don’t drink and boat! Most lake accidents are alcohol related. Don’t become a statistic.

For more information about the GRDA Police Department, its safety presentations or how an officer can assist you, contact the department at (918) 256 0911, or visit Finally, if you need assistance from your boat, radio the GRDA Police on Marine Band 16.

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