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Smith Mountain Lake is all about boating!

Motor boats. Fishing boats. Pontoon boats. House boats. Sail boats. Canoes. Kayaks. With over 500 miles of gorgeous shoreline, boating is one of the most popular activities at Smith Mountain Lake.

Whether you rent at a marina or bring your own boat and use one of the six public docking areas or a marina to launch, with so many miles of water, you can get totally away from the crowd and anchor in a quiet cove for a day of fishing, swimming or picnicking. Or make some new friends when you visit one of our marinas where boaters gather for everything from boating supplies to food and entertainment.

If you’re a novice or beginner, Smith Mountain Lake is a great place to take a course in boat safety www.dgif.virginia.gov, or learn how to sail - SML Sailing School.

CLICK HERE for US Power Squadron Boating Informational Safety Videos

CLICK HERE to report boating incidents on Smith Mountain Lake

Also, Blackwater Yacht Racing Association at the Pelican Point Yacht Club is a non-profit organization made up of members who enjoy sailing and sailboat racing. Activities include regular spring, summer and fall races, and sponsored invitational regattas. If you have a sailboat and would like to participate in the BYRA races, learn more by visiting www.byrasailing.org.  The Smith Mountain Lake Chapter, Antique & Classic Boats is a great organization for people who are classic and antique boating enthusiasts.

For a real treat, try the “Virginia Dare”, a luxurious side-wheeler offering tour cruises that highlight the sights around the lake including luncheon and dinner cruises with great entertainment.

Don't have a boat? Don't have enough experience to drive a boat? No problem! Pullin Drag Striper Guide Services will take you on a tour of the lake on his boat, or try calling Parrot Cove Boat Rentals & Sales for a tour of the lake on a beautiful houseboat - you can even spend the day on it!

 

Restaurants with lake access (you can get to by boat):

Bay Roc Marina Cafe (Bay Roc Marina)

The Landing (At Bernards)

Marina Cafe (Mitchell's Pointe)

Moosies (Bridgewater)

Mango's (Bridgewater)

The Pizza Pub (Bridgewater)

Jake's Place, Halesford Harbour

Heath's Waterfront Grill, Mariners Landing

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