Despite historic rainfalls and elevated lake levels in recent weeks, the Grand River Dam Authority is reporting that conditions on Grand Lake continue to improve, just ahead of the July 4th holiday.
“The lake is in good shape and we expect to see a lot of visitors enjoying the water over the holiday weekend,” said GRDA Corporate Communications Director Justin Alberty. “The water level is steadily returning to normal and the lakes are open for business.”
Alberty added that the latest projections from the United States Army Corps of Engineers showed that Grand Lake would only be about 3.5 feet above normal on July 4, with GRDA’s Lake Hudson at roughly 6.5 feet above normal for the weekend.
The Corps was also directing GRDA to close the last floodgate on Pensacola Dam’s east spillways on Thursday afternoon (July 2).
With that gate closed, Alberty said the boat ramps located between the spillways (east of Disney) would be open for the weekend.
For those visiting the lake area near the dam, the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center (420 Highway 28) in Langley will also be open throughout the holiday weekend, as a resource for those visiting the lake.
“It’s a great place to pick up information like lake maps, the GRDA lake guide or other materials that can help make a visit to the area more enjoyable,” said Alberty, adding that free tours of GRDA’s historic Pensacola Dam – which originate from the Ecosystems Center – will also be available all weekend.
Around the lake area, several fireworks displays are also scheduled during the weekend.
Disney’s annual Cliff Elliott Memorial Fireworks Show is scheduled for Friday, July 3 at 9:30PM.
The Monkey Island Fireworks Show is also Friday, as well as the City of Grove’s “Happy Birthday America” Celebration, from 6-10PM, with fireworks scheduled for 9PM.
Meanwhile, the Duck Creek Fireworks show, considered to be the largest in the state, takes place Saturday night, July 4, in the Duck Creek arm of Grand Lake.
While the actual fireworks go off at 9:30PM, other activities in the area begin as early as 4PM.
Further south, along the shores of GRDA’s Lake Hudson, the community of Salina will also have its fireworks display Saturday night at 10PM.
“Around the GRDA lakes area there will be plenty of places to enjoy fireworks display both on and off the water,” said Alberty. “We just encourage everyone to use common sense, boat safe, smart and sober and enjoy the weekend on the lake.”
Finally, the GRDA Police Department reminds boaters that if they need immediate assistance on that water, they should contact 911.
However, if they are on a boat with no cell phone access, they can also use Marine Band 16 to radio for help.
For more information on GRDA and its lakes, visit online at grda.com, or on social media (Facebook and Twitter).
The public can also download the “Grand Lake app” to Apple or Android devices and receive the latest lake notifications. The public can also contact the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center at (918) 782 4726.