AEP Proposals began as early as the 1920s to dam the Roanoke River and the Blackwater River to generate electricity. Construction started in 1960; it took six years, a crew of 200, 300,000 cubic yards of forests, and 175,000 cubic feet of concrete to build Smith Mountain Dam.


Smith Mountain Lake encompasses over 32 sq miles, has a shoreline of 500 miles, holes 20,000 acres of water, and is 795 feet above sea level. The dam has 5 turbines producing 560 MW of clean energy.