Boats! Boats! Boats! Whether you rent your boat at a local marina or bring your own use one of the six public docking areas or a marina to launch, with so many miles of water, you can get totally away from the crowd and anchor in a quiet cove for a day of fishing, swimming or just picnicking.

If you don’t happen to have a boat, or just don’t have enough experience to drive a boat, Smith Mountain Lake is a great place for beginners to take a course in boat safety visit or go to for information on learning how to sail.

But you don’t have to be the captain to enjoy time on the water. Check out the SML Boating Association’s activities and events too! Another organization, Blackwater Yacht Racing Association at the Pelican Point Yacht Club is a non-profit organization made up of members who enjoy sailing and sailboat racing. Activities include regular spring, summer and fall races, and sponsored invitational regattas. If you have a sailboat and would like to participate in the BYRA races, learn more by visiting  No matter whether you are a boat owner, experienced sailor or just testing the waters of Smith Mountain Lake for the very first time, there is a boating activity for you!