Rush for Brush Fish Habitat Locations

Point and click map features to access habitat information.

In response to public input and involvement in its popular Rush For Brush program, the Grand River Dam Authority has added an interactive online map to allow for greater access to artificial fish habitats.

While the public has been building and deploying their own habitats — built during the program’s workshops — in different areas of the lake for over a decade, GRDA has also placed larger habitats in the waters of Lake Hudson in recent years.

An interactive map located on grda.com now allows the public to view the exact GPS coordinates of those habitats. There is also a description of the location where the structures were deployed, the number of structures, and the approximate water depth. Place marks on the map represent the larger piles of structures, while the shaded polygons represent the total area of deployment. As GRDA deploys more habitats into the lakes in the future, the map will be updated to reflect those locations.

In the summer of 2017, GRDA deployed 450 artificial structures into Lake Hudson, just north of the Highway 20 Bridge at Salina. Placed at water depths ranging from 10 to 20 feet, those structures were part of a project completed in conjunction with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) and the Thunderbird Youth Academy.
Earlier this year, the entities also worked together to place 300 artificial brush structures just south of the “turnaround” area of the lake. These were sunk in roughly 8 to 15 feet of water.

In September of 2018, GRDA is set to host a Shoreline Management Workshop on Grand Lake, in conjunction with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). That workshop will include a demonstration of the Rush For Brush program- and allow attendees a chance to participate in construction of habitats. Those habitats will then be place in the water, near the docks at the Wolf Creek Park in Grove. After that, their locations will also be added to the interactive map.

“The Rush for Brush program is a very simple concept, but very effective at providing fishery habitat and helping to educate the public about shoreline conservation,” said GRDA Vice President of Ecosystems and Lake Management.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: employees, electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, and efficiency.