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Smith Mountain Lake is the Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Smith Mountain Lake is western Virginia’s biggest playground and the state’s second-largest. The lake encompasses over 40 miles and holds 20,000 acres of water and is surrounded by 500 miles of shoreline. Smith Mountain Lake itself was created when a dam was constructed along the Roanoke River back in 1960. The original purpose was for the generation of electricity.

It took six years and a crew of 200 to move more than 300,000 cubic yards of mountain forest to make way for the 175,000 cubic feet of concrete that were used to build the Smith Mountain Dam. By 1966 the lake was at full capacity and became the recreational capital of Southwest Virginia.

Today the shoreline of the lake is dotted with homes. While the actual population around the lake varies from season to season, Many of the homes and condos are considered weekend retreats. Folks who live here from not only the Virginia area but all throughout the Southeast and into the mid-Atlantic. And as you might guess, the lake is a big attraction for those who enjoy recreational boating and fishing People can come down for the weekend, play a little golf.

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