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Ways to Get onto the Water
at Smith Mountain Lake

You don't have to
be an experienced
boater or own
your own vessel
to get on Smith
Mountain Lake.
Here are nine fun
and easy ways to
enjoy our waters.

1

Rent a boat. From zippy runabouts to luxury pontoons to high-performance wake
boats, local marinas offer a number of options to accommodate groups of up to 12 people.
Give personal watercraft a try. Many marinas also rent PWCs, commonly

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referred to as jet skis or Sea-Doos. These are an easy, affordable choice for 1-3 passengers
eager to explore.

3

Rent a kayak or canoe for a more relaxed outing. Early morning when the
water is calm is the best time to take a shoreline paddle, soaking up nature's beauty and
observing wildlife.

4

Venture out on a standup paddleboard. SUPing is a unique and
exhilarating way to experience the water. Rentals are available at area marinas and
sporting goods stores.

5

Float! All you need for a restful respite is a floatie, noodle or water saddle. If you have
access to a dock, cast off from there. If not, visit the beaches of SML State Park or SML
Community Park.

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Take a cruise on the Virginia Dare. A fun, relaxing experience in any

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season, the Dare is a 19th-century replica sidewheeler that offers unforgettable sightseeing excursions, often with lunch or dinner included.

7

Charter a sailboat. SML Sailing School offers half-day charters for groups of up to
four people. More adventurous sailors can take a sailing class, which runs five hours and
covers basic sailing principles and maneuvers.

8

Fish with a guide. Professional anglers offer full-day and half-day excursions,
showing you not only top techniques but also hot spots where the fish are biting. Equipment
is provided but you'll need a Virginia fishing license, available locally for a small fee.

9

Head to one of our public beaches. In season, Smith Mountain Lake

Community Park and SML State Park both offer soft sand and guarded swimming for a
small admission fee.

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Pigg River in Franklin County float trips



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