By water or air, participants at the first Toes In The Grand festival, will have an opportunity to get a new perspective of Lady Grand.

By water

Water tours, offered by Tommy Vaughn with No Wake Guide Service, will leave the Wolf Creek boat ramps every half hour beginning at 11 a.m., on both Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2.

The hour-long cruises will cost $10 per person. Vaughn said each boat will be able to transport between eight to 10 passengers, depending upon the adult/children ratio.

Tours can be reserved in advance at the festival, by visiting the chamber's booth. The last tour will leave each day at 5 p.m.

Vaughn said the tours will typically travel between Wolf Creek and Shangri-La, unless participants want make a "run up" the lake towards Elk River to see the bluffs.

Vaughn, who opened his guide service earlier this year, said he saw offering the tours as a way to give back to the community as a new chamber member.

"It lets people get out and see what we get to enjoy every day, working on the lake," Vaughn said. "Grand Lake has so much to offer. It's beautiful."

For more information about No Wake Guide Service, persons interested may visit its Facebook page @nowakeguideservice.

By air

Operators with Tulsa County Helicopters will provide tours beginning at noon on Friday, and 10 a.m. on Saturday, and offer them throughout the afternoon and early evening hours.

The five-minute tours are $40 per person. There's no limitation on age, however participants cannot weigh more than 300 pounds. Longer tours are available for an additional charge.

Becky Woodward with Tulsa County Helicopters, said three participants can go at a time - strapped into the helicopter's bucket seats by seat belts. Participants will have a headset, to allow for communication with each other. 

"It's like riding in a car, but above everything," Woodward said. "The lake is our favorite place to fly. Five minutes sounds quick, but it's not.

"Most people get out saying 'wow it seemed longer' than the five minutes because they get to see so many things."

Woodward said the pilots will most likely begin each day with the doors on, but said 99 percent of the time customers want the view sans doors.

She said autistic children are among their best clients, saying the children get "really excited" about flying, because it gives them a new way to see their world.

Woodward said the pilots may "do some fun flying" with turns and pirouettes, so customers have a unique experience. 

"We've been doing this for 10 years, and every single person gets off saying they wanted to go again," Woodward said, adding she hopes festival goers will take advantage of the opportunity to see Grand Lake in a new way.

For more information about the helicopter rides, persons interested may visit tulsaheli.com or the business Facebook page @TulsaHelicopters.