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.