Mark your calendar for GRDA’s 2013 lake events

Power for Progress… A weekly column from the Grand River Dam Authority

With summer just around the corner, the Grand River Dam Authority is finalizing the schedule for its 2013 lake related events and programs.

Lake Hudson Sunrise … An early morning view of Lake Hudson. There is not much going on in this picture, but as the summer boating season draws near, both Hudson and Grand Lake will be welcoming plenty of visitors. GRDA is gearing up for a busy season on the lakes with a full schedule of lake-related events and programs.

Lake Hudson Sunrise … An early morning view of Lake Hudson. There is not much going on in this picture, but as the summer boating season draws near, both Hudson and Grand Lake will be welcoming plenty of visitors. GRDA is gearing up for a busy season on the lakes with a full schedule of lake-related events and programs.

Just like in years past, GRDA plans to hold a series free Boating Safety Classes. More information on these courses will be released soon but for now, the courses are tentatively set for April 20, May 11, June 8 and 15 and July 27. Those are all Saturdays, and all courses will be held at the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center in Langley. Call Lori Starks at 918 256 0644 for more information.

One of the most popular events GRDA hosts each year is the Rush for Brush workshop. This is where volunteers help the GRDA Ecosystems Management Department build artificial fish habitats and then place them in the lake. Over the years, this effort has helped enhance the fish habitat of both Grand and Hudson lakes. Today, with the lake carrying the distinction of having hosted the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, GRDA is seeing a new interest in fishing and increasing numbers at other tournaments also held on Grand. The lake has always had a good reputation as a prime fishing lake, but that reputation continues to grow. The efforts of volunteers at Rush for Brush events has contributed to that success. This year’s events are scheduled for May 11 and June 1; more information will be coming soon.

Another event on the GRDA summer schedule is the annual “Lend a Hand for Lady Grand Shoreline Cleanup.” This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, June 22 and the goal is the same as always: help to spruce up the scenic shoreline of Grand Lake.

GRDA is proud to partner with the Grand Lake Sail & Power Squadron and the many volunteers who help with this effort each year. Like the recent comprehensive shoreline cleanup (held prior the Bassmaster Classic in February), the summer cleanup is another great example of what a cooperative effort can do to enhance Oklahoma’s premier water destination.

Really, that is the overall goal for all these events, as well as GRDA’s daily efforts at managing the natural resources of the Grand River. As stated earlier, more information will be available soon, but mark your calendars now and plan on participating in these events that promote boater safety and the enhancement of the waters and the shores of Grand Lake.