Things to do at Smith Mountain Lake


Visit the State Park

Bedford County features a 1,248 acre state park that offers swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, picnic areas, and even cabins.


Enjoy Prime Fishing

Smith Mountain Lake is famous for its amazing fishing, so much so that it has hosted the ESPN Bassmaster Elite Series multiple years. Black Bass, Stripers, Crappie, Catfish, Sunfish and Shad are abundant and popular catches.


Rent A Boat or PWC

Several local businesses rent boats and personal watercraft by the hour, the day or the week. You do not need to be a licensed boat operator however all rental agencies are required by law to review current boating safety standards.


Take A Boat Trip and Grab a Meal

Choose any of SML’s lakeside pubs and restaurants for a leisurely meal with a beautiful view.


Go Parasailing

Catch a beautiful view above the surface of the lake with a trip from SML Parasail, which operates out of Parkway Marina. U.S. Coast Guard-certified instructors, remember to book your flight in advance.


Play Miniature Golf

Putt-putt is relaxing fun for whenever you need a break from the water. Putt-putt is offered at three locations on the lake: Harbortown Mini-Golf at Bridgwater Plaza, Westlake Safari Miniature Golf off Rt. 616 and Hot Shots Family Fun Center on Virginia 122.