The weather was much nicer yesterday when Connie Morris, Lake Eufaula Assocation Executive Director, briefed a reporter on the history of Lake Eufaula, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. President Lyndon Johnson was on hand to dedicate the new reservoir when it opened in September of 1964.
“It’s had a huge economic impact,” Morris said. "It’s also saved lives, with flood control.”
Morris credited the forethought of the region’s forefathers, especially Robert S. Kerr, Oklahoma’s 12th governor and three-term US senator.
Tourism is Oklahoma’s third-largest industry, Morris noted. “The city of Eufaula is totally dependent on tourism,” she said. “We’re very glad to have B.A.S.S. here,” she said also.
Morris also wanted to correct the record on a detail that appeared earlier this week in this blog:
“Y’all said before that Eufaula is ONE of the largest lakes in Oklahoma,” she said. “It is THE largest lake in Oklahoma.”
Paging Oklahoma B.A.S.S. Nation President Mike Myers … I’m throwing you under the bus on this one, buddy! That was all you!