Now THAT was one heck of a weekend at Grand Lake, don’t you think!

First weekend of March brought us Chamber of Commerce weather (OK – maybe a little breezy on Sunday) and with the gorgeous weather the people came flooding back to Grand Lake with GRDA estimates of 720 (or 780 or 750 or something) boats out on the lake on Saturday.

The ‘Ice Breaker’ Poker Run was a HUGE success, with hundreds of participants and the poker run capped off with a party at Cherokee Yacht Club that was overflowing with people having a good time. Word on the street is that there were more people at Cherokee than there have been in a long, long time.

Oh yeah, there was a fishing tournament going on too that had the eyes of the entire bass fishing universe on Grand Lake for the last 3 days.

And the guy who won, an Oklahoman named Edwin Evers, caught almost 30 POUNDS of fish on Sunday to make the biggest last day jump in the history of the Bassmasters Classic.

Do you local people have an idea the kind of attention that gets from other fishermen?

I promise you there are -right now! – fishing fans wondering when they can get to Grand Lake so they can get into some of those fish just like that.

Because most people just don’t catch 30 pounds of bass with a 5 fish limit.

And I also heard that Evers fellow caught like 20 something fish in his first couple hours on the water on Sunday.

THAT, is marketing that money can’t buy right there.

And heck, that hasn’t even been televised yet. That doesn’t happen until the weekend of March 19-20.

So, it’s all good on that front!

But that was just the start…

2016 is shaping up to be a fun and great year around Grand Lake with all sorts of other events that bring return – and FIRST TIME – visitors to Grand Lake.

But there are a couple of other events that are worth highlighting:

  • John Sumner’s Big Meat Run – This is the biggest off-road party you’ve ever been to…we can promise you that. With all the fun going on ‘on the rocks’ below Pensacola Dam in Disney, the Big Meat Run attracts off-road and four-wheeling enthusiasts from throughout the country to our little corner of Oklahoma. This is coming up in just a couple weeks, the weekend of March 17-20.
  • 2016 GLOC ShootoutThe GLOC Shootout is the premier performance boating event in Oklahoma. Attracting visitors and participants from all over the country, this event is expected to entertain and amaze over 20,000 people over the course of 4 days, July 7-10.

What do the Bassmasters Classic, John Sumner’s Big Meat Run and the GLOC Shootout all have in common?

They all either directly bring in new people to Grand Lake, or at the very least raise the brand and awareness of Grand Lake within their different, and very specific communities.

And whether it’s a performance boat owner, off-road fan or a hardcore fishermen (or woman!), these folks can find what they want at Grand Lake.

The Grand Lake area is uniquely positioned to offer something to just about everybody.

And last weekend was a great start to the 2016 season!