Power for Progress…
A weekly column from the Grand River Dam Authority
It’s not a sight that normally attracts a lot of attention, unless, of course, you are headed out for a day of fishing on the waters of Lake Hudson. In that case, you will be pleased to find this strip of cement located at the edge of Lake Hudson’s waters. Actually it’s a boat ramp – recently rebuilt by the Grand River Dam Authority – located near the “horse shoe” area of Hudson.
GRDA rebuilt the ramp earlier this fall. In fact, it’s just one of several ramps GRDA maintains on Hudson, Grand and the W.R. Holway Reservoir. Those ramps, which the public can use free of charge (unlike ramps on some other lakes in Oklahoma) provide free access to some of the most popular waters in the region.
Of course that is all part of the GRDA mission. The Authority has pledged “that on and around our lakes we will support recreational development, environmental awareness, and good safety practices to ensure the continued improvement of the quality of life for all of those who utilize our resources.”
Boat ramps are just part of that process. GRDA’s ongoing lake management efforts, water quality monitoring, fisheries enhancement and public outreach programs are also included in that pledge. With continued growth development in the GRDA lakes region, and upcoming events like the prestigious Bassmaster Classic fishing tournament on Grand Lake (February 22-24) continuing to raise the profile of the lakes, GRDA understands that today’s lake management role is more important than ever.
Whether the task is rebuilding a small boat ramp on a quiet shoreline or helping facilitate a major fishing tournament drawing thousands of spectators, GRDA is working today to fulfill a mission that began in 1935.
Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Directly or indirectly, GRDA’s low-cost, reliable; electricity serves nearly 500,000 homes in Oklahoma and stretches into 75 of 77 counties in the state. At no cost to Oklahoma taxpayers, GRDA also manages 70,000 surface acres of lakes in the state, including Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the W.R. Holway Reservoir. Today, GRDA’s 500 employees continue to produce the same “power for progress” that has benefited the state for 75-plus years.
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