Welcome to Grand Lake Oklahoma…a home to many and a playground to so many more. Whether you are looking for relaxation or non-stop action, you can find it at Grand Lake.
First, the details: You can find Grand Lake in far Northeastern Oklahoma, in the foothills of the Ozarks. Grand Lake is approximately 64 miles long, with around 1,300 miles of shoreline, and is created by the longest multiple-arch dam in the world, Pensacola Dam.
This lake is unique in that it is a “utility” lake…it is controlled by the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA), and as such, individual citizens own property directly adjoining the lake and can enjoy at their leisure. This Fee Simple ownership right up to the lakefront is a feature found at very few lakes nationwide, and makes this lake among the most appealing lakes in the South central United States.
Additionally, private docks and access to the lake are abundant. So with a combination of ownership of lakefront land and the ability to have your own private dock, you can see why the area is so popular.
So, what can you do with all that lake access? Well, on the water, how about:
- skiing and wakeboarding and tubing
- sailing and windsurfing
- and don’t forget to just relax
That is just ON the water. What kinds of stuff are there to do for the land lubbers in the crowd? Well…how about:
- visiting flea markets and finding antiques
- visiting historic sites
- awesome 4-wheeling
Now, this is not an exhaustive list, but it gives you an idea of all the activities that can be enjoyed at and along Oklahoma’s crown jewel. Did you notice that relaxing was on both of those lists?
And, don’t forget all of the businesses that call the Grand Lake area home. From Miami at the north end, all the way through Grove, the commercial hub, to the Pensacola Dam at the “deep” end, there are local businesses and service providers offering what you need. From fishing guides to boat rentals to home contractors to restaurants and gift shops, this area offers it all.
One other great thing that makes boating on Grand so awesome is the lack of hidden underwater hazards. As the lake was filling up – this lake was built in the late 1930’s – the forward thinking founders had the bottom of the lake cleared of trees and stumps…so this is not a lake where you really need to worry about hidden dangers. That makes Grand Lake a boating jewel in Oklahoma.
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