Many Grand Lake visitors say while they are concerned about the blue algae warning they will be taking to the water anyway.
Buddy Bomhak of El Reno said he and his friends have been jet skiing in the lake Friday evening and will continue skiing and boating on Saturday.
“We were told to stay out in the middle where it is deep and it’ll be okay, “ he said. Bomhak said he didn’t know about the warning before he left El Reno on Friday and would have opted for another lake if he would have. “But now that we’re here . . . “ he said.
Some people, while initially concerned with the warning, said they may not use good judgement after consuming alcohol and will be less concerned at that point. “Depends on how many beers we have,” said one Bomhak's friends.
David Clark, who came up from Texas to camp at Bernice State Park with his family said he was disappointed that his grandchildren can’t wade around in the lake but it’s not going to stop them from having a good time.
“It’s okay, we went over to the pool at Grove today and then Miami, and we’ll be looking for some things to do tomorrow,” he said.
Tad Jones, executive director of the Grand Lake Association said that people just need to take caution on the lake.
“It’s just like any other time on the lake, people need to use caution and be informed,” he said.
Tom White at Honey Creek Landing in Grove said he and his family have been swimming in the lake all week and plan to continue to swim this weekend.
Some organizations are putting together alternative events to accommodate those that are staying out of the lake.
The Grand Lake Area Chamber put together some fun water activtities at the South Grand Lake Regional Airport today.
Grand Lake bouncers will be at the South Grand Lake Regional Airport from 12-6 pm Saturday July 2nd. They will have inflatable water slides, obstacle courses and other inflatables for children of all ages.
All day passes will be $10 per person/participant.
Of course, there is the Grove pool and slash pad and activities all over Grand Lake including places to stay cool like the quilt show at the Grove Community Center.
Although the public is still encouraged to enjoy weekend activities at Grand Lake, the Grand River Dam Authority continues to strongly warn against recreational activities that involve bodily contact with Grand Lake waters this includes swimming, skiing and using PWCs. Toxins from Blue Green Algae can cause illness in humans and can be lethal to pets. Please use good sense and stay out of the water. Also, be very cautious when using fish cleaning stations and watering lawns with lake water.