It’s time for summer fun! Let us help you prepare for a day on Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. SML has 500 miles of shoreline and is noted for its great fishing, but when summer’s heat reigns down, it’s an unparalleled destination for swimming, boating, and skiing.
Get on the water fast at one of our friendly marinas when you rent one of a variety of boats and accessories. Find what you want and then book in advance to ensure you’re not left empty-handed or without that prized boat you so wanted to float.
Bernard’s Boat Rentals | Moneta
Located at Bernard’s Landing, Bernard’s Boat Rentals includes multiple models of pontoons (the perfect party boat) and motorboats, some of which are made specifically for wakeboarding. Jet skis, wakeboards, paddleboards, kayaks, skis, kneeboards, and tubes are all available for rental.
Bridgewater Marina & Boat Rentals | Moneta
The largest purveyor of fun on the Smith Mountain Lake has a healthy fleet of watercraft and aquatic accessories, as well as 24-hour pay-at-the-pump gas and dockside store.
Crazy Horse Marina | Moneta
This marina is located in quiet Blackwater Cove where you’ll also find a restaurant, gas, and store. Rentals here include the tamer variety of stand up paddleboards and tubes.
Gills Creek Marina & Lodge | Wirtz
Pontoons, kayaks and canoes are all available at the revamped, restocked Gills Creek Marina & Lodge (of which there are four one-bedroom units for overnights). The marina store offers necessary supplies and there’s gas at the dock, too. Fishing charters are available for those looking for bites rather than wakes.
When you have no idea how to sail but want to learn, there’s only one place to go and that’s SML Sailing School. For those who are experienced but do not yet own a sailboat, there are rentals available. Half day charters are available for those who just want to ride along and enjoy the view.
Smith Mountain Lake State Park | Huddleston
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, visitors to Smith Mountain Lake State Park can rent a canoe, kayak, pontoon, hydrobike, paddleboard, jet skis, or jet boat for a day of water fun or relaxation.
Smith Mountain Wake Company | Moneta
When you’re looking for water accessories to go with Uncle Bob’s boat, head to Smith Mountain Lake Wake Company. Skis, tubes, wake skates, wakeboard, kneeboards, and paddleboards are all available for rent. You can even rent tow ropes to complete the package.
Virginia Dare Cruises & Marina | Moneta
Have a special event or party on Smith Mountain Lake by booking a private cruise on the Virginia Dare. This 19th century replica side-wheeler ship is a wonderful way to get on the water, and reserving a private dinner cruise for a group or wedding can make for an unforgettable experience.
Map of Locations
Plan your Smith Mountain Lake Getaway with our region guide, and don’t forget to share your fun on social media with the hashtag #BlueRidgeDay.