Smith Mountain Lake
Marinas is the most popular lake in Virginia. Water activities include swimming, parasailing, fishing
, sailing, water skiing, canoeing, jet skiing, wake-boarding, and power boating
. There are 7 free boat launching sites for the public as well as paid launches at over a dozen Smith Mountain Lake Marinas.
If you have no boat or can’t bring it many marinas will rent pontoon boats, power boats, and ski boats
Smith Mountain Lake Marinas
One of the Smith Mountain Lake Marinas that have plenty of amenities is the Pelican Point Yacht Club. It is located on the southern side of the lake in Union Hall, VA. It has 134 deep water slips for sailboats and powerboats. There are also picnic areas, tennis court, swimming pool and lake swimming area, and a ship’s store. Overall this is a very nice facility.
Parkway Marina features boat sales and rentals. This marina is located at the end of Smith Mountain Lake Parkway. It is near Smith Mountain Lake State Park. It rents slips for everything from large houseboats to small runabouts. The store has everything you need for a day on the lake including hot dogs, snacks, and other groceries plus gasoline, bait and tackle, and much more.
Crazy Horse Marina is centrally located. It has a 24-hour gas dock, slip rentals, boat launch ramp, rest room facilities, ship store, and a lot of parking. This is where you’ll find the Mexico Viejo restaurant which offers outdoor dining where you can look out over the Black Water Cove where this marina is located.
Gills Creek Marina and Lodge features lakefront motel rooms that have kitchenettes. Their website says they are pet-friendly which should please cat and dog lovers. Gills Creek also offers guided charters on the lake. The charter captain is Kenny Short who will share his secrets of catching stripers and other fish.
Bayside Marina and Yacht Club is a family-owned full-service marina that is open year-round. Here you can take a look at both new and pre-owned boats for sale. Many services are offered such as battery replacement, propeller repair, and oil changes. Bayside is located near Westlake, in Moneta.
If you need to put gas in your boat, visit one of the Smith Mountain Lake Marinas that offer boat gas. It is wise to have a waterproof map of the lake so you can find the marinas. You should know that many marinas are closed on weekdays. Be sure you have paddles and a cell phone or marine radio if needed. Some of the marinas have the map for sale if you need one.