Smith Mountain Lake prides itself in being a boater-friendly place to vacation. Here you will find a number of great boat rental companies and marinas, as well restaurants and businesses that are accessible from the water.

If you have a boat of your own, you may launch from one of the lake’s marinas or any one of six public docks. No boat of your own? Whether you are seeking a pontoon boat for a relaxing day with family and friends, or something with a little more pep for skiing or wakeboarding, you will find just the right boat at one of the lake’s rental companies (see guide below).

For the aspiring sailor, SML Sailing School offers sailing classes and boat rentals. Or, for those not so interested in being a captain for the day, take a luncheon or dinner cruise on the Virginia Dare, Smith Mountain Lake’s premier luxury side-wheeler!

A day on the water is a must for any Smith Mountain Lake vacation. Make the most of it by taking a boat safety course before taking to the water. The Smith Mountain Lake Boating association website offers a guide to boater education courses around the lake, as well as internet resources and courses offered by the U.S. Coast Guard.

So be safe, have fun, and enjoy your time on the water at beautiful Smith Mountain Lake!

Boat Rentals and Marinas

(Please call marinas for boat rental info, safety info, & any launching charges)

Parkway Marina

16918 Smith Mtn Lake Pkwy
Huddleston, VA 24104

Sportsman Marina

16111 Smith Mountain Lake
Huddleston, VA 24104

Virginia Dare Cruises and Marina

3619 Airport Road
Moneta, VA 24121
Get directions
(540) 297-7100

Mitchell’s Marina

3553 Trading Post Road
Huddleston, Virginia 24104

Bridgewater Marina


Classes and Safety Info

SML Sailing School


Smith Mountain Lake Boater’s Association