Monthly Archives: July 2011

SML Charity Home Tour – Tickets On Sale Now

Tickets for the 21st annual Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour, set for Oct. 7-9, are now on sale with an advance sale price of $20. The tickets are on sale at the following locations: Capps, Print-n-Paper, The Cottage Gate, … Continue reading

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The Visitor’s Center Picnic Area

As you drive to the Smith Mountain Lake Dam, you come to a very nice picnic area beside Leesville Lake.  There is a small pond with a walking trail around it and lots of picnic tables and charcoal grills.  There is even … Continue reading

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Smith Mountain Lake into Leesville Lake

Recently, when we visited the Smith Mountain Lake Visitor’s Center, we saw how the water from Smith Mountain Lake flows through the dam and then comes out into Leesville Lake.  I am standing on a bridge below the dam and … Continue reading

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Hydrilla in Smith Mountain Lake

Hydrilla, the most dreaded of invasive aquatic vegetation,  was discovered in 2007 in Smith Mountain Lake. Since that time, lake organizations such as the Smith Mountain Lake Association (SMLA) and the Tri-County Lake Administrative Commission (TLAC) have been working tirelessly … Continue reading

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Fishing at Smith Mountain Lake

Left to right: Will Bendzus of Wayland, Ky. and brothers Dylan and Elson Eckler of Winston-Salem, N.C. caught these nice striped bass with the help of Mike Bendzus of Union Hall. The foursome were fishing on Smith Mountain Lake earlier … Continue reading

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The SML Visitor’s Center Upgraded

As part of the Smith Mountain Lake Visitor’s Center Upgrade – the front of the center received a new look.  Here is a before and after picture of the Visitor’s Center. Before After

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SML Explosion Update

Conservation officials released the names Sunday of the six people injured in a Saturday afternoon boat explosion on Smith Mountain Lake. Kathy Gillespie, 49, of Goodview and her daughter-in-law, 37-year-old Keesah Gillespie, were taken to the burn unit at the … Continue reading

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Five Injured In SML Boat Explosion

An explosion on a powerboat injured five passengers from Bedford County just offshore from Parkway Marina on Smith Mountain Lake on Saturday afternoon. Two victims were airlifted from the scene, and three others were taken by ambulance to Carilion Roanoke … Continue reading

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The Parts of the Smith Mountain Lake Dam

The picture above is numbered explaining the parts of the dam. Hoist Houses:  These structures house machinery for lifting large underwater gates admitting water to the penstocks. Elevator:  The tube contains an 8 passenger elevator.  It rises as high as a … Continue reading

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Ten Fun Facts I Learned at SML Dam Visitor’s Center

One lightning bolt has enough electricity to power 200,000 homes. Electricity travels at the speed of light.  That’s more than 186,000 miles per second. In one second, electricity can travel around the world seven times. American Electric Power (AEP) serves … Continue reading

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