Jump right in the water or paddle your way through Virginia's Blue Ridge.
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Smith Mountain Lake features a variety of boat rentals to accommodate your travel plans. With motor boats, house boats, sailboats, canoes, kayaks, pontoon boats, or even jet skis, there are businesses and boat rental companies available to serve you and help you enjoy the breathtaking waters of Smith Mountain Lake.
The options are convenient and affordable, meaning you won't have to break the budget to have a fantastic lake getaway.
With over 500 miles of shoreline, there is plenty of water to enjoy on the lake.
Personal watercraft (also known as jet skis, SeaDoos and wave runners) are built for single, double or triple riders with a range of engine power and towing capability for other activities such as tubing or water skiing.
Another popular way to experience the water is by chartering a sailboat. You can learn the basics of how to navigate the winds and traffic while also discovering the beauty of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.
Whether you rent at a marina or use one of the public docking areas, the vast size of Smith Mountain Lake makes it easy to find a secluded spot away from the crowds to enjoy a relaxing day of swimming, fishing, picnicking or just floating along while you take in the beauty of Virginia's Blue Ridge.
However, if you're looking for a little more excitement, simply head over to one of the marinas and make some new friends as boaters gather together for supplies, food and entertainment.
One of the most popular spots is the Bridgewater Marina, which is Smith Mountain Lake's largest boat rental operation. You can rent from a variety of watercraft and water toy options, and all customers will receive a free safety and instructional orientation that will get you prepared for a safe and exciting adventure.
All watercraft and equipment are thoroughly inspected and maintained inside and out to ensure a safe and pleasurable time on Smith Mountain Lake.
Reservations are recommended for any rentals of equipment for longer than eight hours, particularly during peak periods, but walk-ins are always welcome.