The weather put a damper on most of the action a few weeks ago, but many folks still ‘rushed for brush’ at Grand Lake.

For those unfamiliar with this, it is actually the “Rush For Brush” event where the Grand River Dam Authority Ecosystems Management Department joins with volunteers to build artificial fish habitats to be placed in GRDA lake waters.

The program has gone on for several years now and only increases in popularity and participation with each passing year.

GRDA supplies the labor and volunteers come from all over the lake region and beyond to help supply the manpower.

Rush For Brush GRDA

A collection of artificial fish habitats, built during a previous Grand River Dam Authority “Rush for Brush” event on Grand Lake. Together with the help of many lake are volunteers, close to 14,000 of these structures have been built over the years.

Together, they have built thousands of these habitats during the program’s run. Once completed, the habitats are then placed “strategically” in the water.

In other words, most volunteers place them in their favorite fishing hole.

While that is a good reason for anglers to participate, the real beneficiaries of the annual event have always been the fish in the 70,000 surface acres of lake waters under GRDA control.

However, that does not mean the popularity of the program has been limited to GRDA lakes. Over the years, GRDA Fisheries Coordinator Brent Davis has fielded phone calls from all across the country where those caring for others lakes have shown great interest in the GRDA program.

While the program has been detailed in this space before, GRDA wants to take the time to say a special “thank you” to those who have helped, and continue to help, build habitats (over 14,000 so far) and support the Rush For Brush program.

Although the rain limited any on-site building during the scheduled event time, GRDA was able to supply “kits” to the many volunteers who had signed up to help. Eventually, hundreds of new habitats will be constructed and placed in the waters of Grand and Hudson lakes.

Of course, that is good for the fisheries, good for the anglers and thus, good for the fishing reputation of Grand Lake and Hudson Lake as thousands of anglers (and millions of dollars) find their way into the lakeside economies.

Working together, volunteers and the GRDA Ecosystems Management Department have not only built thousands of habitats, they have also reinforced a solid recreation and economic development foundation for the area.