About Smith Mountain Lake

Smith Mountain Lake is a 20,600 acre lake with 500 miles of shoreline surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia. The lake was created to generate electricity by damming the Blackwater and Roanoke Rivers at Smith Mountain.  It took from September 24, 1963 until March 7, 1966 to get to “full pond” or 795 feet above sea level.  SML’s deepest point is about 250 feet (near the dam) and the average depth is about 55 feet.  The lake’s surface covers 32 square miles and the lake itself is 40 miles long.  See (http://smith-mountain-lake.com)

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