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Smith Mountain Lake


Smith Mountain Lake

Town(s): MONETA VA
Local Name: Contact Debbie Moon 301-906-7770 or for more info and listings

Size: 20600 acres
Average Depth: 55 feet
Maximum Depth: feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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SML covers parts of three Virginia counties: Franklin County, Bedford County and Pittsylvania County. Average air temperatures are 73F in summer and 41F in winter. Annual rainfall averages 43 inches. Annual snowfall averages 10 inches; most snowfalls melt in a day or two.

The west end of SML, including the unincorporated town of Moneta, is closest to Roanoke, Virginia (population approximately 100,000). The east end, including Huddleston, is closest to Lynchburg, Virginia (population about 85,000).

Among the lake’s many water activities are power boating, canoeing, sailing, swimming, fishing, water skiing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing, standup paddleboarding and jet skiing.

SML’s lakefront includes six free public boat launching sites, plus paid launches at more than a dozen marinas. In addition, some lakeside developments maintain their own private ramps. 

Off-water you’ll enjoy sightseeing that includes many spectacular views of Smith Mountain Lake’s gently mountainous 500-mile shoreline, plus peaks and ridges along the nearby Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway.

Four challenging golf courses surround the lake (two private, two public).

The SML State Park and Franklin County’s Smith Mountain Lake Community Park both include public access beach areas and miles of hiking trails.


Vegetation Growth: Unknown
Non-native Species:

Fish Species: Flathead Catfish, White Bass, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Black Crappie, Carp, White Perch, Channel Catfish, Sunfish, Bluegill, Striped Bass, Walleye

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Parking Spaces: More than 40

Shoreline Development: Unknown