Safety First Around Our Dams

Safety around its hydroelectric facilities is a top priority for the Grand River Dam Authority.  Signs, buoys, sirens, fencing and flashing lights are all intended to notify those in the area when floodgates are open, generators are operating or water is rising swiftly.

Signs :

Posted at GRDA hydroelectric facility (Pensacola Dam, Robert S. Kerr Dam, and the Salina Pumped Storage Project) to warn of extreme danger in floodgate areas. Please be aware of other signs near GRDA facilities that notify you of no trespassing areas, no diving areas, or unstable footing.

Buoys :

Red buoys and cabling above and below spillway gates and hydroelectric powerhouse restrict access to dangerous areas associated with power generation or floodgate releases.

Flashing Lights :

At hydroelectric facilities, the flashing lights are initiated when floodgates are opened or generation is initiated.


In place to identify borders and to restrict access to certain areas near the hydroelectric facilities.

Sirens :

These are located at various locations on the hydroelectric facilities and are utilized prior to the operation of hydroelectric generators and/or floodgates.

Grand Lake Lighthouses :

As navigational aids, several lighthouses are located on Grand Lake, around the shoreline and in areas of shallow water.  The Grand River Dam Authority has an ongoing maintenance program in place to ensure the lighthouses are functioning properly.

If you have concerns regarding the lighthouses on Grand Lake, please contact GRDA at 918-256-0644