near Salina, OK
North Side: 1 mile W. of Salina on Hwy 82, then 5 miles S. on Boatman Road
South Side: 5 1/2 miles S. of Salina on Hwy 82, then W. on Kerr Dam Road
Free Boat Ramp: Located on the North side of Kerr Dam
Fishing is accessible below Kerr Dam on both the north and south side.
River fishing below the dam is popular for its trophy spoonbill, sand bass, white bass and channel catfish.
CHIMNEY ROCK RESERVOIR
10 minutes from Salina
2 ½ miles S. of Salina on Hwy 82 then 3 ¼ miles E on County Road 052.3
Lake W.R. Holway was created in 1968. It is located in the hills of northeastern Oklahoma, attached to Lake Hudson via the Saline Creek arm of the lake. Resting on a bed of rocks carved from the hills, the waters of the reservoir are clear and pristine.
In 1981, the reservoir was named to honor the late W.R. Holway, Grand River Dam Authority's longtime consulting engineer. Prior to that, the reservoir was known as Chimney Rock Reservoir, after the valley in which its 200-foot tall earth and rock dam was built. The lake has 785 acres of pristine water, some of which reach 200 feet deep. The lake is secluded, and it is possible to enjoy a day's fishing without seeing another human.
W.R. Holway Reservoir was first stocked with smallmouth bass in 1991 by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The 750-acre reservoir is deep, clear and rocky, all of the prerequisites needed for a great smallmouth fishery.
GRDA regulations prohibit internal combustion engines on the reservoir, ensuring a relaxing fishing experience. Swimming is also prohibited on the reservoir.
Fish species include: Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Hybrid Striped Bass, Crappie & Catfish
LAKE SPAVINAW & SPAVINAW STATE PARK
20 minutes North of Salina on Hwy 82
401 E Lake Ave. Spavinaw, OK 74366
Lake Spavinaw is a quiet, secluded area with good eagle viewing in winter months. Facilities include boat ramps, fishing docks, picnic areas, grills, restrooms, playground, nature trail and a group shelter. No swimming or skiing allowed. Small fee charged for boat/fish access which can be purchased on site. Lake offers 1,584 surface acres and 25 miles of shoreline.
Lake Spavinaw fish species include: black bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish.
Spavinaw State Park offers camping, fishing, picnic areas and swimming RV and tent sites with electric, water and dump station, primitive sites also available. For more info 918-435-8066 or visit: www.stateparks.com
LAKE EUCHA & LAKE EUCHA STATE PARK
25 miles Northeast of Salina
Eucha Lake is situated in the Ozark Hills of Northeastern Oklahoma in one of the most scenic areas of the state and very popular among fishermen. It has 49 miles of shoreline and 2,880 surface acres. Lake Eucha State Parkhas a day use picnic area located on the east side of the lake. Bring the fishing poles, but forget the skis at this lake. This is a no swimming, skiing or sea diving lake. It is a fishing lake only as it is used for water distribution for the City of Tulsa. Facilities at the park include boat ramps, boat docks, fishing dock, RV hookups, picnic areas, grills, restrooms, showers, nature trail, a large swimming pool with shelter, a barbecue area and poolside tables and chairs. The park area has an additional shelter with 55 picnic tables, as well as hiking trails and comfort stations.
Fish species include: Channel Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Sunfish, Walleye and White Bass
GRAND LAKE OF THE CHEROKEES
#7 on the ten most beautiful places to visit in Oklahoma The result of the Pensacola Dam project completed in 1940, Grand Lake O' the Cherokees is one of Oklahoma’s most popular lake destinations, with 1,300 miles of scenic shoreline, bordered by five state parks.
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GRAND RIVER DAM AUTHORITY
The Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) is an Oklahoma agency created to control, develop, and maintain the Grand River waterway. It was created by the Oklahoma state legislature in 1935, and is headquartered in Vinita, Oklahoma. It operates three hydroelectric facilities and two reservoirs, Grand Lake and Robert S. Kerr Reservoir. It also operates the Salina Pumped Storage Project, which includes Lake W. R. Holway
GRDA ECOSYSTEMS & EDUCATION CENTER
420 HWY 28 Langley, OK 74350
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SALINA PUMPED- STORAGE PROJECT
The third hydroelectric project constructed by GRDA, Salina Pumped Storage Project (SPSP) is not located
directly on the Grand River system. With all possible dam sites along the river already utilized in the late 1960s, GRDA built Oklahoma’s first pumped-storage facility in the hills southeast of Salina, Oklahoma, along the Saline Creek arm of Lake Hudson. Though opponents argued that such an experimental facility would ‘break’ GRDA, construction of the first stage was completed in 1968. The second stage was completed in 1971.
Kerr Dam, sometimes referred to as the Markham Ferry Project, is the second hydroelectric facility constructed by GRDA. Located just north of Locust Grove, Oklahoma, the dam forms Lake Hudson, a 12,000-acre, 200-mile shoreline lake, the second in a chain of three lakes along the Grand River. Constructed in 1964, Kerr Dam’s powerhouse houses four, 28.5-megawatt generators that combine to produce 114 total megawatts of electricity. Kerr Dam has 17 floodgates and a total discharge potential of 599,000 cubic feet per second.
HISTORIC PENSACOLA DAM
19 ½ miles N of Salina on Hwy 82
Hwy 28 E, Langley Ok.74350
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FREE DAILY DAM TOURS MEMORIAL DAY THRU LABOR DAY
Courtesy of GRDA, tours are given 7 days a week including holidays, from 9am to 4 pm. Tours originate from the GRDA Ecosystems Center on the west end of the dam in Langley, OK. Tours do require a lot of walking, several flights of stairs and last about 1 hour. The Pensacola Dam, also known as the Grand River Dam, is a multiple-arch buttress dam on the Grand River between Disney and Langley.The dam is operated by the Grand River Dam Authority and creates Grand Lake O' The Cherokees. After decades of vision and planning, it was constructed between 1938 and 1940 for the purposes of hydroelectric power generation, flood control and recreation. It is Oklahoma's first hydroelectric power plant and it is the Worlds Longest Multiple Arch Dam, spanning approximately one mile.
On Tuesday, April 12, 2010, national country music artist, Blake Shelton, set a new lake record with the spoonbill he caught on the river below Hudson Lake.
The country music artist of Ada snagged a 40-pound paddlefish that is the new lake record for Hudson Lake.
Shelton was fishing below the dam on Hudson Lake with members of his band and his girlfriend (future wife) at the time, fellow recording artist Miranda Lambert. Everyone caught at least one fish and all of the spoonbills were released.
Shelton and Lambert’s paddlefish adventure were shown on a following episode of Outdoor Oklahoma.