GRDA Scenic Rivers Operations Office

On July 1, 2016, the Grand River Dam Authority absorbed the mission and responsibilities of the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers
Commission (OSRC).

That mission is to protect, enhance, and preserve the outstanding aesthetic, historic, archaeological and scientific features
of the Illinois River and its tributaries (Lee Creek, Little Lee Creek, Barren Fork Creek, Flint Creek, and the Upper Mountain

Today, GRDA is invested with the power to establish minimum standards for planning and other ordinances affecting
scenic rivers. As the OSRC had done since its establishment in 1977, GRDA continues today to work with communities,
businesses and individuals to mitigate their impact on scenic rivers. We strive to educate the public about scenic rivers
and also to provide everyone the opportunity to enjoy the features that make these water resources so special.

Oklahoma has six scenic rivers that collectively extend 161 miles through six counties. These rivers were granted scenic
status based on their superior water quality and position as outstanding natural resources. The scenic river designation
affords these valuable resources the highest protection and priority available through Oklahoma’s environmental
agencies. Specific requirements of this designation include a strict prohibition on additional pollutants, dams, and
wastewater treatment plants, and a close monitoring of construction activities alongside the river.

GRDA SRO carries out the provisions of the Scenic Rivers Act through protection, preservation, and education.

Helpful Links:
USGS Float Cam:
Watts Gage:
Flint Creek:
Barren Fork:
Floating Guidelines provided by the Illinois River Association: Guidelines from IRA.pdf
OSRC Rules and Regulations: RULES for WEBSITEpdf.pdf
Scenic Rivers Act: Rivers Actpdf.pdf

Where to buy fishing/hunting licenses?
Fishing and hunting licenses can be purchased at Wal-Mart. They can also be purchased online at

• GRDA Scenic River Operations Office: (918) 456-3251