Category Archives: About The Lake

Celebrating 50 Years of Full Pond at Smith Mountain Lake

March 7th marks the 50th anniversary of “full pond” at Smith Mountain Lake.  The News & Advance has published some great pictures showing the history of the dam and the lake being filled.  Click here to enjoy these photos.   … Continue reading

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Smith Mountain Lake Was Full on March 7, 1966

In the late 1920s, Appalachian Power began purchasing land and planning for a hydroelectricity dam within the Smith Mountain Gorge that is split by the Roanoke River. After several delays and the completion of engineering studies, construction began in 1960. Construction on the smaller Leesville Dam also … Continue reading

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Smith Mountain Lake Vintage Photo Book – Available March 9

Saw this in The Franklin News Post today: By STACEY HAIRSTON – Staff Writer – Franklin News Post  Franklin County native James A. Nagy has published his second pictorial history book titled “Images of America: Smith Mountain Dam and Lake.” … Continue reading

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Promoting Water Safety at Smith Mountain Lake

By PETE LEWIS – SML Water Safety Council If you live on Smith Mountain Lake, one of the best things you can do for your family is to install a reflective home address sign in a highly visible location on … Continue reading

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240 Vacation Rentals Available at Smith Mountain Lake

Have you ever checked out HomeAway or Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO)?  There are 240 vacation rentals at Smith Mountain Lake available for a weekend, week, or just a few days.  Moneta shows 123, Huddleston shows 99, Union Hall shows 12, and Goodview shows 6. … Continue reading

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SML Shoreline Management Plan Available Online

The revised Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) for Appalachian Power Company’s (APCo) Smith Mountain Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project is available in its entirety online. Property owners, businesses, contractors and other interested parties can find the SMP at www.smithmtn.com. Also available on … Continue reading

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Happy 48th Birthday to Smith Mountain Lake

‘The dam walls were completed in September 1963 and the Blackwater and Roanoke Rivers began filling Smith Mountain Lake. Capacity was reached on March 7, 1966 and the lake became the recreational capital of Southwest Virginia.” Smith Mountain Lake is western … Continue reading

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Smith Mountain Lake Turns 50: Part 2

Smith Mountain Lake Turns 50 from WSET.com Inside The Dam That Started It All  Smith Mountain Lake, VA – Smith Mountain Lake has certainly grown over the last 50 years, but it wouldn’t even be there without the enormous Smith … Continue reading

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Smith Mountain Lake’s 50th Anniversary – Part 1

WSET showed this video on their news tonight:  Talks about the start of Smith Mountain Lake and the current business boom. Smith Mountain Lake Anniversary:  Part 1    

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50 Years Ago Today Smith Mountain Lake Began

Fifty years ago today, Smith Mountain Lake began to fill up. While the dam was under construction, workers had diverted water from the Roanoke River around the construction site in a tube. On Sept. 20, 1963, workers lowered a gate … Continue reading

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