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Membership in SMLA is your best and easiest opportunity to ensure that the Lake that you have known and loved will continue to be environmentally preserved, safe in all recreational activities, and a place where you kids and grandkids will seek to enjoy. Join us and participate in one of our many Lake- protecting activities. It is your best and cheapest insurance you can buy to maintain your property value by preserving our treasure – The Jewel of the Blue Ridge.

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What Does the SMLA Do For Smith Mountain Lake?

Below are current activities and reports that demonstrate SMLA’s level of commitment to our Lake. Other interesting and exciting accomplishments and activities can be viewed by browsing the website tabs at the top of every page.


Water Quality Monitoring Sites


Tons of Debris Removed During Lake Cleanup


Gallons of Effluent Disposed of


Sterile Carp Introduced

Smith Mountain Lake has been listed buy Boat U.S. magazine in their April/May edition as one of the top eight lakes in the country, and most recently, the June/July edition of Garden and Gun Magazine as one of the top 10 “Summer Lake Escapes”.

SMLA T-Shirts Now Available On-line!

Show your support for SMLA! Colorful, high quality SMLA T-Shirts are now available on our website Shop page. Find great T-Shirts for all of the family in 4 different exciting colors from Small to 3XL sizes.

SMLA Hosts “Active Shooter” Presentation

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department provided SMLA members and interested guests a riveting presentation on actual, recent, local Active Shooter situations.  This event was sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Association as an educational opportunity for our members as well as for members of the community.

Instructors said the goal of the class is to educate people about an active shooter situation, saying you can’t hide and wait for an event to pass. You need to know what to do.

Participants learned ways to avoid being in an active shooter situation by being more aware of their surroundings, denying a shooter access by getting out of the line of fire or by locking themselves in a room and defending themselves if necessary.

Summer is upon us! I encourage everyone to be safe on the water. Please wear your life jackets and adhere to safe boating practices. Also, please be alert to electrical conductivity around your dock. Electrical shock drownings are real and preventable. Smith Mountain Lake Marine Fire/Rescue has a dock safety check form on their website at if you have not already had your dock checked.

Here is something to celebrate. Boat U.S. has named Smith Mountain Lake as one of the top eight freshwater lakes in the country. The full article can be found on their website. This is certainly a proud moment for our communities!

Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake kicked off at the Business Expo on May 4. There were three Saturdays, May 5, 12 and 19 to participate. Of course, if you wish to participate throughout the summer, we welcome that, as well. Application packets may still be available at the SMLA office and TLAC Office. This event was very successful! There were 31 registered events with 211 individuals participating…

In early summer, a segment on the Today Show highlighted Electric Shock Drowning. They told the story of a father and his dog swimming in the water near a dock in obvious distress. The son saw their struggling and jumped in the water to help and was a victim of Electric Shock Drowning.…