GRDA to relocate fishing access area below Robert S. Kerr Dam

Locust Grove – Prompted by federal security requirements, the Grand River Dam Authority is completing a project to relocate the fishing access and parking area on the south side of the Grand River, just below Robert S. Kerr Dam. “We realize this fishing area has been pretty popular for many years, so we want to get the word out as early and often as possible,” said GRDA Corporate Communications Director Justin Alberty. “We are not closing access, just moving the parking a little further west.” While the new parking lot for fishing access will be located on the hill, west and south of the current parking area, fishermen will still be able to access riprap areas below the dam by a fenced walkway. There are also plans to do some enhancement work on that walkway, said Alberty.  Under requirements set forth by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), new fencing has been added to areas around Kerr Dam, prompting the relocation.  GRDA is asking for the public’s cooperation with this change, and i reminding all anglers to be aware of the warnings and notifications around its hydroelectric facilities, added Alberty.  “We just ask the public to please be aware of the signs in place around the dams and fishing access areas,” said Alberty. “Safety is a top priority and these notifications are in place to help keep the public safe.”

GRDA also offered the following safety reminders:

NOTIFICATION: Signs, buoys, sirens, fencing and flashing lights are all intended to notify those in the area when floodgates are open, genera¬tors are operating or water is rising swiftly.

SIGNS: Posted at GRDA hydroelectric facility (Pensacola Dam, Robert S. Kerr Dam, and the Salina Pumped Storage Project) to warn of extreme danger in floodgate areas. Please be aware of other signs near GRDA facilities that notify you of no trespassing areas, no diving areas, or unstable footing.

BUOYS: Red buoys and cabling above and below spillway gates and hydroelectric power¬house restrict access to dangerous areas associated with power generation or floodgate releases.

FLASHING LIGHTS: At hydroelectric facilities, the flashing lights are initiated when floodgates are opened or generation is initiated.

FENCING: In place to identify borders and to restrict access to certain areas near the hydroelectric facilities.

SIRENS: These are located at various locations on the hydroelectric facilities and are utilized prior to the operation of hydro¬electric generators and/or floodgates.