Looking ahead to warmer temps, boating season … GRDA schedules 2014 lake events

Langley – Want a preview of the 2014 boating season on Grand and Hudson lakes? Here are a few things the Grand River Dam Authority is already planning.

With winter soon giving way to spring and warmer weather in sight, GRDA wants to do its part to help you prepare for the upcoming lake season. Whether you need to take a safe boating course, want an opportunity to meet with GRDA’s lake operations team, are ready to help “lend a hand” or help enhance the fish habitat, this information will be useful to you.

GRDA Officer Jason Littlefield instructing students at a 2013 safe boating class. GRDA will once again offer the free courses on select Saturdays, March through July.

GRDA Officer Jason Littlefield instructing students at a 2013 safe boating class. GRDA will once again offer the free courses on select Saturdays, March through July.

The Authority has already scheduled the 2014 round of free Safe Boating Classes. Back in 2007, the Kyle Williams Safe Boating Act became law. It prohibits children between the ages of 12 and 16 years of age; without a valid driver’s license, from operating any vessel powered by a motor of more than 10 horsepower, or sailing vessel 16 feet or longer, without first completing a state-approved boater safety course. These courses will allow young boaters to fulfill that requirement.

All courses will be held on Saturdays, from 8AM to 5PM. The first one will be Saturday, March 22 at the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center (Langley), with additional courses as follows:

• March 29, at Langley City Hall
• April 19, at the Tulsa Technology Center
• May 10, June 21 and July 12 at the Ecosystems and Education Center

For more information on the courses, or to register, contact GRDA’s Lori Starks at (918) 256 0644.

Lake Launch

GRDA’s Tyler Brown (left), Amanda Gray and Kenny Baker take part in the 2013 Lake Launch event at the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center. The 2014 event has been scheduled for Friday, May 2.

GRDA’s Tyler Brown (left), Amanda Gray and Kenny Baker take part in the 2013 Lake Launch event at the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center. The 2014 event has been scheduled for Friday, May 2.

Meanwhile, lake stakeholders may also want to mark their calendars for Friday, May 2. That is the date for the third annual “GRDA Lake Launch,” which will also be held at the Ecosystems and Education Center in Langley.

The event is an opportunity for the public to meet with GRDA lake operations personnel, including the officers who will be patrolling Grand and Hudson lakes this summer, as well as GRDA’s ecosystems and lake permitting staff. Participants can also visit with lake area vendors, tour the building and learn more about the upcoming 2014 boating season on GRDA lakes. Be watching for more information on the 2014 Lake Launch as the date draws closer.

Rush for brush and lend a hand…
The GRDA Ecosystems Management Department has also scheduled two “Rush For Brush” workshops for this year. The first will be held on Saturday, April 19, at the Wolf Creek Park in Grove. Another workshop is then scheduled for June 7, in the lower parking lot of the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center in Langley.

GRDA is encouraging all area anglers to take part in these workshops to help enhance the fish habitat on Grand and Hudson lakes. Participants will build fish habits that can be picked up at the end of the day for placement in the lakes. However, supplies are limited, so please reserve your “build a brush” kit by contacting GRDA’s Jacklyn Jaggars at (918) 256 0723.

Finally, it’s not too early to think about “lending a hand for Lady Grand” during the 2014 shoreline cleanup event. That event is scheduled for Saturday, June 21 with the Grand Lake Sail & Power Squadron and GRDA teaming up to provide dumpsters, free of charge, to collect shoreline debris (not for household or commercial debris). This year, dumpsters will be located at:

• Ketchum Church of Christ (east of Ketchum)
• Bernice State Park
• Grove Springs Park (O’Daniel Street, behind McDonald’s in Grove)
• Old GRDA Lake Patrol parking lot

Each year during this event, volunteers help pick up the unsightly trash that not only helps keep the shoreline scenic but also safer. Be watching for more information, and reminders, as the date draws near, and plan to lend a hand in your area of Grand Lake.

For more information on these upcoming events, or other GRDA information, visit grda.com. Here’s hoping your 2014 boating season is safe and enjoyable!

The GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center is located in Langley, just west of historic Pensacola Dam, overlooking Grand Lake.

The GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center is located in Langley, just west of historic Pensacola Dam, overlooking Grand Lake.

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