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.