Each year in mid-winter, when February starts to draw near, many lake area enthusiasts turn their thoughts to events like the upcoming Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show.

While summer days on the water may be a long way down the road at this time of the year, the show is always an opportunity to get a sneak peek at what is to come.

Of course, for thousands of those water lovers, the perfect backdrop to summer is either the wide open expanses of Grand Lake or the scenic, secluded shorelines of Lake Hudson.

Both lakes are controlled by the Grand River Dam Authority and are among the most popular summer playgrounds in the region.

If you want to know more about them, GRDA’s boat show booth is a “must visit” attraction.

Since Grand Lake was first created in 1940, GRDA has patrolled, administered, managed and protected Oklahoma’s most popular waters.

In fact, GRDA spends about $11 million annually on these lake-related responsibilities, at no cost to Oklahoma taxpayers.

And throughout 2018, we will continue to do just that, while also caring for the waters of the scenic Illinois River in the same manner.

So, whether you plan to swim, ski, float, cruise or just sit by the shoreline or the river bank, the GRDA team looks forward to seeing you out on the water this year.

But first, we look forward to visiting with you, and sharing information, at the boat show.

At the booth you can get more information about lake rules and regulations and safe boating classes, as well as information on the annual Rush for Brush habitat enhancement programs, the importance of life jacket usage, lake permitting processes and much more.

On Saturday, February 3, you will also be able to purchase a 2018 Illinois River floating permit for $10 at the GRDA booth.

No matter if your summer plans include a GRDA lake or the Illinois River, we look forward to sharing more information with you at the GRDA boat show booth. Stop by and see us!