Monthly Archives: January 2011

Understanding Navigational Markers

Navigational Markers are coded by color, letter, and number: R = Roanoke River C = Craddock Creek B = Blackwater G = Gills Creek Marker numbers start at the SML dam or the tributary mouth and increase as you go … Continue reading

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Aids to Navigation

Aids to navigation are external devices intended to assist a navigator in determining a position of safe course or to warn of dangers or obstructions to navigation.  The current number of aids to navigation on Smith Mountain Lake is: 153 … Continue reading

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Hot Shots Family Fun Center

While shopping at Smith Mountain Lake, Fred and I had the opportunity to have lunch at Hot Shots.  Posts on Facebook, advertising their appetizing menu, lured us to give them a try.  We were not disappointed.  Hot Shots offers burgers, … Continue reading

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Blackwater Channel Islands

In addition to Christmas Tree Island, the Blackwater River channel is home to Chimney Island and Lucky Island.  Chimney Island is about 1.7 miles up the channel from Christmas Tree Island between channel markers B10 and B11.  There is a … Continue reading

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More Roanoke River Islands

Here are some other islands that you will see as you travel the Roanoke River part of Smith Mountain Lake. Johnston Island is located across from channel marker R8 in Huddleston.  Winfred Island Road connects this developed island to the mainland with … Continue reading

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Islands of Smith Mountain Lake

As you travel down the Roanoke River and turn north into the mouth of Craddock Creek at channel marker R4, four islands will be located to your left.  These islands are Bride’s, Middle, Beach, and Bellavista. Beach Island is private and posted, … Continue reading

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Turtle Island

Turtle Island is really a rocky point that became surrounded by water after the lake was flooded.  Some think this island should be called Turtle Knob since a narrow channel of water separates the island from the lake’s shoreline.  Naturally, … Continue reading

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Christmas Tree Island

Christmas Tree Island is the largest of the 31 islands found along Smith Mountain Lake.  This 8-plus acre island is located on the Blackwater River as it opens to the main body of the lake.  The island is perfectly situated … Continue reading

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Harbortown Mini Golf

Harbortown Mini Golf is a unique 18-hole miniature golf course located at Bridgewater Plaza.  The wild-west themed golf course is elevated 15 feet over Smith Mountain Lake and offers a fantastic view for everyone to enjoy.  Nearby restaurants and shops … Continue reading

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Diamond Hill General Store

The Diamond Hill General Store and Garden Center is the oldest operating business around Smith Mountain Lake, tracing its roots back to 1857.  Christine and Carl Brodt, a former Long-Island couple, purchased the former Debo Brothers General Merchandise in 1989 … Continue reading

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