Smith Mountain Lake Facts

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 Smith Mountain Lake Dam

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November 1962 -- Construction completed on the Smith Mountain Lake Dam

  • Maximum height of 235 feet above the streambed
  • 816 feet long
  • 30 feet thick

 

Smith Mountain Lake 

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September 24, 1963 -- The process of filling Smith Mountain Lake began

March 7, 1966 -- The lake was at full pond (795 feet)

  • 20,260 acres
  • 500 miles of waterfront shoreline
  • 40 miles in length
  • Borders three Counties: Bedford, Franklin and Pittsylvania

Current Number of Navigation Markers on Smith Mountain Lake

  • 153 channel markers
  • 6 lighted shoal markers
  • 57 unlighted shoal markers and rock markers
  • 18 AC lights on Halesford Bridge
  • 303 signs identifying the markers