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Pensacola Dam

Pensacola Dam

Pensacola Dam Tour Guides

Pensacola Dam Tour Guides


Spring Outing: GRDA Pensacola Dam

Saturday, April 14th, 9:30 AM
Ecosystems and Education Center
420 Hwy 28, Langley, OK

We have something special for you: a private, off-season tour of the Pensacola Dam just for Spring Creek Coalition.

While many enjoy the waters of Grand Lake, a tour of the dam is an opportunity to see what’s holding up all that water, and how it got started. In the summer of 1940, as construction crews were nearing completion on the massive mile-long dam that crosses the Grand River Valley between the communities of Disney and Langley, the lake began to fill. Ever since, Pensacola has held back the 46,500 surface acres of water that support a thriving recreational and tourism industry in Northeast Oklahoma that also spills over into the surrounding states.

The interior of the dam still appears much as it did in 1940, which is one of the reasons it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in September 2003. Our tour will take us inside to the powerhouse, accessed via elevator from above, and we will see the six hydroelectric turbine generators in operation.

Inside that powerhouse, GRDA still produces renewable electricity, just as it has for over seven decades, by harnessing the flowing waters of the Grand River. The six hydroelectric turbine generators located there have the combined capacity to produce approximately 120 megawatts of electricity for GRDA customers in Oklahoma.

“I enjoy this tour so much that I’ve gone more than once,” notes SCC member Dave Jones. “And I’ll go again. There’s a lot of history in building the dam and how they did it, its importance during World War II. Especially with the relationship between SCC and the GRDA, I think this will be a super outing.”

Details and Requirements:

  • Every individual 18 years of age and older must present a valid driver’s license, state issued ID card or International Visa to tour the dam.
  • No children under the age of 5
  • No bags or purses
  • Can bring phones, cameras and water
  • Tour is both inside and outside, with an elevator and a flight of stairs.
  • The tour will take approximately one hour.

Carpool or Meet On-site:

We will meet at the Peggs Community Building at 8:15 AM to drive the 35 miles to the Pensacola Dam. You can also choose to meet us at the Ecosystem Center in Langley (420 Hwy 28, Langley, OK) at 9:15 AM.

Please give our SCC Trip Leader a call and let her know you are coming: Jessica Spencer, (918) 822-0968.