GRDA Adopt the Shoreline Program

Purpose of Adopt the Shoreline Program

The Grand River Dam Authority is initiating a new program to remove trash and debris from the shorelines, to safeguard the ecosystem and enhance to quality of life for all who use Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees.

This program is designed to enable participants to organize cleanups through shoreline adoption, with the assistance and resources provided by the Grand River Dam Authority.

The Grand River Dam Authority is currently seeking volunteers, homeowners, organizations and civic groups to adopt portions of the shoreline for annual cleanups. We are also seeking businesses to act as supporting members to assist volunteers with barges, loading equipment, trailers, etc. on an annual basis.

Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees has been divided into 10 zones to allow participants to choose an area of the lake they wish to focus their preservation efforts on. If you would like to join us please start by determining which zone your desired shoreline is located. This information can be found under the “Zone Maps” tab on the right side of this page.

You will then need to fill out some basic contact information under the “How to Join” tab. Once the contact information is submitted, you will be emailed a membership agreement & liability waiver. Complete these two forms and return them to GRDA using the information provided. Once we receive your information, you will be contacted by a zone coordinator with further information.

Thank you for your interest in the Adopt the Shoreline Program, and we look forward to working with you in “Keepin’ it Grand”.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Adopt-the-Shoreline program is to provide a leadership role with the various stakeholders on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees to remove litter and debris from the shoreline, thus safeguarding the ecosystem and enhancing the quality of life for all.


• Solicit businesses, organizations, and individuals for shoreline adoption.
• Coordinate the annual spring and fall cleanup efforts.
• Annually recognize volunteers for their dedication and commitment to the program.
• Coordinate efforts with other organizations on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees having similar objectives.
• Foster an atmosphere of ownership among the stakeholders and visitors at Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, in the success of the program.