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  • Smith Mountain Lake, VA

    How many others enjoying our pristine waters?


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  • #2
    We rented a house for a week a few years ago. Was a great time and a Great Lake. I had a job opportunity 9 years ago down there. I should have taken it. Stuck in Ohio with crappy weather


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    • #3
      Love it

      We have been enjoying SML for many years now...rent houses twice a year. always 4 of July

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      • #4
        We rent almost every summer and will be back this August. If it were an hour closer to our house in Arlington, we'd probably pull the trigger on a place, but at 4+ hours it's hard to imagine getting there regularly.


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        • #5
          I've heard tons of good about SML. Would love to check it out sometime. It's similar to the lake I grew up on, Fontana. Though I think Fontana is a bit more rural.
          boats rock, but don't rock the boat

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          • #6
            My parents moved to SML (Penhook) last August. Looking forward to spending much of the summer down there this year. I'll be down in a few weeks for Poker Run, staying through Memorial Day. Hopefully, the weather stays warm, so the lake can warm up before then!

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            • #7
              I visited SML this February to buy a used 09 Ski Nautique. Unfortunately, after a 750-mile drive I found the boat was misrepresented and I return home without a boat.

              I did get to waterski in mid-February. I thought it was a great spot. I hope to go back for a vacation sometime.
              08 Correct Craft Ski Nautique 196 343 HP 350 MPI EFI
              Previous Boats:
              99 MasterCraft SportStar CB 310 HP 350 TBI EFI
              98 Moomba Boomerang 310 HP 350 Carb
              88 MC PowerSlot 240 HP 351 Carb Black on White

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              • #8
                I had my boat out for the first time on Saturday, weather was very nice and the water temp is slowly warming up. Here is a website with water temps as reported up near Hales Ford Bridge recorded at 3' depth: http://smlfishfinder.com/

                I didn't bring a board or ski - but really wished I had. I saw a group in an I/O pulling someone on 2 skis w/o a wet suit, but I'd have wanted at least my surf top or farmer john.

                It's a beautiful lake. Gets nuts on the weekends so I try and get in my sets either really early or wait until Sunday afternoon and Monday to avoid the crowds.

                My dad worked at a marina there (Saunders, now Parkway) when the lake reached full pond in the mid-60's. I've been around SML since those days and last August we finally bought a condo there, which we rent to offset the expenses. I'm trying to work out a TeamTalk discount with the rental management company - but they've booked so many dates already, there isn't much availability. If I get something put together, I will post it on TT. Or, message me and I can check on availability.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by d2jp View Post
                  I had my boat out for the first time on Saturday, weather was very nice and the water temp is slowly warming up. Here is a website with water temps as reported up near Hales Ford Bridge recorded at 3' depth: http://smlfishfinder.com/

                  I didn't bring a board or ski - but really wished I had. I saw a group in an I/O pulling someone on 2 skis w/o a wet suit, but I'd have wanted at least my surf top or farmer john.

                  It's a beautiful lake. Gets nuts on the weekends so I try and get in my sets either really early or wait until Sunday afternoon and Monday to avoid the crowds.

                  My dad worked at a marina there (Saunders, now Parkway) when the lake reached full pond in the mid-60's. I've been around SML since those days and last August we finally bought a condo there, which we rent to offset the expenses. I'm trying to work out a TeamTalk discount with the rental management company - but they've booked so many dates already, there isn't much availability. If I get something put together, I will post it on TT. Or, message me and I can check on availability.
                  Where on the lake are you? I find that if you get away from the main channel and Huddleston, it isn't too bad, even on the weekends. That cove with the slalom course (called Bull Run, I think) is usually a pretty good spot. The further you go up the winding section of the lake in Union Hall isn't too bad either. I am curious about the new cable wake park. Has anyone checked it out?

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                  • #10
                    We have a place near g2. Just a few houses in as you enter Gills from the Blackwater
                    Love the location. Plenty of action w the marina nearby, then plenty of clean water not too far



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                    • #11
                      D2jp,

                      Can you give rental info or who you use? I have been renting 2-3 weeks each summer. Sometimes a home but often a condo at Bridgewater Pointe.

                      Thanks,

                      Chris

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                      • #12
                        Hey Chris,

                        Shoot me a text 434-941-0787!

                        Thanks,

                        Jack

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                        • #13
                          I haven’t been yet, but I’ve been hearing a lot about it! I’ve got an ‘01 Prostar 195, where should I start (it’s a big lake, I hear)?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ChrisOX422 View Post
                            I haven’t been yet, but I’ve been hearing a lot about it! I’ve got an ‘01 Prostar 195, where should I start (it’s a big lake, I hear)?
                            Bull Run. It's a great water sports cove with a slalom course at the end. GPS coordinates can be found here:

                            http://www.smlwaterski.org/ski_course.html

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                            • #15
                              Not MC related, but a few shots from Poker Run at SML today.

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                              Last edited by TheLivinIsEasy; 05-19-2018, 09:01 PM.

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