Smith Mountain Lake

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Twenty miles south of Roanoke with more than 500 miles of shoreline. Private and state park access to boating, camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking and swimming. Also available: sailing, boat rentals, vacation rentals, waterfront dining and dinner cruises. Fishing: 500 miles of shoreline with countless tributaries and coves make Smith Mountain Lake a picture perfect and angler perfect destination. Locals don’t blink an eye at a 20-pound striper in this paradise for fishing. Stripers helped make the lake famous for its fishing but our waters also host excellent populations of largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappies and bluegills. Other gamefish of note dwell in the lake as well, and all have their followers. Channel catfish are found in the deeper points of the lake and there is a dedicated group of walleye hunters. Muskies, white bass, rock bass and redbreast sunfish round out the gamefish contingent.

  • Major Access Routes: Hwy. 122, Rt. 24, Rt. 40
  • Directions: Smith Mountain Lake is southeast of downtown Roanoke and can be reached from multiple directions. Visitors can take Route 24 east through Vinton to reach the lake, Route 116 south over Windy Gap Mountain to Route 122 to the lake, or south on US 220 to Rocky Mount and then Route 40 east to the lake.
  • Sunday Hours: Open
  • Monday Hours: Open
  • Tuesday Hours: Open
  • Wednesday Hours: Open
  • Thursday Hours: Open
  • Friday Hours: Open
  • Saturday Hours: Open
  • Sports: Fishing, Boating, Water Sports, Hiking