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Many Businesses, Lake Goers Say Fun Will Go On At Grand Lake

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Picture of the fireworks barge at Arrowhead Marina at Duck Creek Picture of the fireworks barge at Arrowhead Marina at Duck Creek
Some lake goers say they'll stay on the lake but not get in it. Some lake goers say they'll stay on the lake but not get in it.
Other Grand Lake visitors say they will take their chances and jump right in. Other Grand Lake visitors say they will take their chances and jump right in.

Laura Moss, News On 6

KETCHUM, Oklahoma -- Thousands of people are planning to spend the holiday weekend at Grand Lake, but is the warning about blue green algae prompting them to re-think their get-aways?

Many people say they're diving in anyway - despite the danger.

People we spoke to out on Grand Lake tell us they've been following all of the blue green algae coverage so they can plan their weekend accordingly. The algae is starting to drop deeper into the lake, but that doesn't mean it's going away.

And when it comes to lake goers, reactions are mixed. Lake goers we spoke to say they're aware of the blue green algae, but they'll be in it unless they're forced to stay out.

"Well now there's some people out on the lake now," said Kelly Krouse, a Grand Lake homeowner. "I will be in the water, on my raft, in the boat, on the jet ski. We'll be - we'll be doing it all."

"We drove 500 miles, so we're gonna have to get in at some point," said Ben.

But if they can't get in, some say they'll just pack up and go.

"We'll probably go back home and swim in my swimming pool," Krouse said.

Some tell us they'll chance the blue green stuff to log some lake hours.

"I don't imagine we'll be swimming in the lake, but we'd certainly like to take our boat out; that's why we're here," said lake goer Bill Cutsinger. 

"We were informed about it right when we got here," Ben said. And they jumped in the water anyway.

Locals say boat traffic is already slowing down.

"I mean as you can see now, it's quiet," Krouse said. "There's usually boats and jet skis going through the cove and stuff, and it's quiet. There's nobody on the lake."

This has many local business owners worried about their weekend sales.

Governor Mary Fallin released a statement earlier Friday morning saying there are plenty of things to do around the lake and outside of the water.

Regardless, people we spoke to say they're worried about how the algae will affect the local economy.

"It's going to have an effect on things, just what it is - won't be able to tell you until it's over, you know," said Joe Harwood, owner of Arrowhead Yacht Club. "I just hope we don't have too much negative impact for anyone on Grand Lake.

Organizers say, algae or not, the Duck Creek fireworks display on Sunday will happen. They promise this year's production will be bigger and better than ever.

6/1/2011 GRDA: Algae Bloom Like This One Has Never Happened In Oklahoma
7/1/2011 GRDA: Public Advised To Stay Out Of Grand Lake Waters
6/30/2011 GRDA Board Calls Emergency Meeting Over Blue Green Algae In Grand Lake
6/29/2011 More Blue Green Algae Found In Grand Lake
6/27/2011 GRDA Issues Blue Green Algae Warning On Grand Lake

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