May 2023

May 2023

Volume 5, May 2023

AHOY Greetings
Your membership matters. Thank you for being a Steward of the Lake. Your generous support helps keep SML clean and safe.

Now it’s our turn to give back to you and the lake community. On June 10th, from 11am to 4pm, at Crazy Horse Marina, SMLA is presenting A Day At The Lake. It’s a free, interactive and fun-filled event that’s dedicated to protecting the water of Smith Mountain Lake and promoting safe recreation. There will be something for everyone, especially if you love SML.

We hope to see you on June 10th. Bring your family and friends – furry ones too (on a leash). Rain or shine. More details below.

Please remember that May is Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake month.

Water Safety

Whether you fish, boat or just float, SML is a lake-lovers recreational paradise.
Our marine safety and law enforcement partners will be in full force.
Learn from experts about how to stay safe on the water.
Tour a fire boat, meet the dive team, attend a boat docking clinic.
Prove your skill at the Life Jacket Challenge.

Lake Quality

Protecting the health of SML is critical to maintaining its pristine water.
Meet the scientists, students and certified volunteers who are on lake watch.
Explore the Ferrum College science vessel and learn about water quality monitoring.
Visit a buffer garden display and explore a fish habitat demonstration area.
Join our scavenger hunt, examine bugs with a microscope, enjoy the kid zone.

Food & Beverage

Stop by the SMLA booth for free water and treats.
Food trucks will offer tasty eats and refreshments for purchase.

Ella’s Eats

Prizes, Raffles & Games

Enter drawings to win cool gifts or cash in our 50/50 raffle.
Test your skill, try your luck and take home a prize.
Get free stuff.

Meet Freddy, our Safety Duck

He’s a combination of FRanklin, bEDforD and pittsYlvania counties –
Just like SML!
On May 10th, Freddy will start hanging out at our Business Partner locations.
Find him and bring him to A Day At The Lake. We’ll have a surprise for you!
Follow us on Facebook and visit our Event Page.

Vessel Safety Checks

Boat, jet ski or paddle to Crazy Horse and get a free vessel safety check.
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and SML Sail and Power Squadron (ABC-SML).
Available all day.


We need A Day At The Lake volunteers.
Your financial contribution funds the programs that keep SML clean and safe.
Now we need a bit of your time to help with our community event.
All Event Day volunteers receive this complimentary T-Shirt.
Email if you’d like to help.

Free Entry & Free Parking

Visit our Event Page for Up to the Minute Details

Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake is happening all May
Get Involved