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GRDA announces plans for whitewater park on the Illinois River

Posted at 9:26 AM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 10:27:34-05

ADAIR COUNTY, Okla. — The Grand River Dam Authority has announced plans to build a whitewater park on the Illinois River in Adair County.

According to a news release, Lake Frances Whitewater Park, will be built near Watts if a permit is approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The purpose of the park would be to mitigate the known hazard surrounding the Lake Frances Dam, while also providing a recreational opportunity and promote economic development in northeastern Oklahoma.

Boating activities at the park will be focused on kayaking, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding and rafting.

The project is proposed at this time, and the GRDA is still awaiting permit approval before construction begins.

More information about the proposed park can be found here.

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