Things to Do at Smith Mountain Lake

Fishing at Smith Mountain Lake

For the fishing enthusiast, whether you are a live bait fisherman or an artificial bait fisherman, Smith Mountain Lake offers plenty of fishing for all seasons. Stop in to one of our local tackle stores to hear stories about the “BIG ONES” that got away, or for tips on what the fish are biting. Don’t have a boat, no worries,

we have plenty of charters and fishing guides to help you along your way. Smith Mountain Lake is known for some good size striper, large /small mouth bass, and cat fish. We are home to some major tournaments too, one in particular is the BASS Masters Classic ( it’s the NASCAR of Fishing). It’s also a wonderful opportunity to come visit and be a spectator of this 3 day event. So if you’re planning a guy’s weekend fishing trip, or bringing the family down to watch one of the tournaments, make CB Sales and Rentals your choice in planning your sleeping accommodations in one of our wonderful vacation rental homes. Also don’t forget you will need a fishing license to fish, no worries any marina and most grocery stores can assist you in obtaining either a 5 day pass, or a 1 year Virginia fishing license.

Fishing Charters

The Lake is best experienced from the water. From leisurely pontoon boats to jet skis or fishing charters, Here are some Smith Mountain Lake Boat Rentals:

Halesford Harbour Boat Rentals: (Previous Camper’s Paradise site) Located at R29, Ski boats, runabouts, pontoons, skis, tubes, wakeboards, kayaks, canoes. 540-797-6258

Bridgewater Marina: Located at R28, large selection of jet skis, pontoons, fishing boats, and runabouts. 540-721-1639

Parrot Cove: Located at R28, Houseboats, pontoons, runabouts and jet skis

Captain’s Quarters: Located at R28, Ski boats, pontoons, jet skis. 540-721-1175

Mitchell’s Point: Located at R2 or by road at the end of 734. 540-484-3980

Saunder’s Parkway Marina: Located at R6 by water, at the end of 626 by road. Pontoon Rentals 540-297-4412

Bridgewater Marina, State Park Location: Located by bouy R19 conveniently located right on the beach in the Smith Mountain Lake State Park and features some of the most beautiful scenary on the lake. • Open Memorial Day through Labor Day Weekend-7 days a week 10 am to 6pm. 540.297.3642

Bridgewater Marina, Bernard’s Landing Location: Bernard’s Boat Rental will help you make the most of your cruising adventure. We are conveniently located at beautiful Bernard’s Landing below the check-in center 540-721-7800

Smith Mountain Boat Rentals ?Penhook Area. Address: 184 Locust Ln, Penhook, VA 24137 Phone:(540) 915-6569

Fun things to do:

1. Bring the kids out to Bridgewater Plaza. The plaza offers tons of fun, from mini-golf, an arcade, Pizza Pub, rock climbing wall, ring toss, and basketball shoot. You can buy popcorn from Bridgewater Marina to feed the huge carp. For the adults, there is a gift shop, lots of boutiques and an art gallery. Bridgewater Plaza is also home to Chopsticks Chinese Restaurant, Moosie’s Sports Bar and Grill, and the famous Mango’s where live bands play all weekend during the summer. They also have karaoke and cornhole tournaments! Don’t forget to stop by the SML Visitor Centerwhile you’re there to pick up the latest attraction brochures, a free Laker Map and get more info about approaching lake events.

2. Take a cruise on the Virginia Dare. Enjoy a relaxing cruise aboard SML’s 63-foot sightseeing cruise boat with enclosed main deck and open-air seating topside. Lunch, dinner and specialty cruises are available. Call 297-7100 in advance to make your reservation.


3. Check out a nearby winery. Virginia wines wonderful! Take a tour of one: Brooks Mill Winery, Hickory Hill Vineyards, Leo Grande Vineyards, Peaks of Otter Winery & Orchards, Ramulose Ridge Vineyards, Savoy-Lee Winery, Tomahawk Mill Winery or White Rock Vineyards and Winery.

4. Rent a boat. There are tons of local marina that offer rentals of jetskis, pontoons, and ski boats for the day, or for the week. SML is best seen by water!

5. Pamper yourself with a Spa Day. SML Spa offers massages, spa packages, aromatherapy, facials, and much more. 540-719-0025

Spend a Saturday morning at the Westlake Farmers’ Market. An open-air market that offers vegetables, fruits, eggs, jams and jellies, herbs and more takes place each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Westlake Corner (adjacent to Lake Inn) Rocky Mount and Bedford also offer larger farmers’ markets.

7. Have an island picnic. Many of the islands at SML have sandy beaches where you can stop to swim and picnic. Don’t forget to take along trash bags so you can leave the area pristine. Of course, respect private-property postings.

8. Learn to Wake Board. Wake Up is your place at SML to try wakebaording, wakesurfing, or wakeskating for the first time or learn techniques and drills to help you improve your skills. Their knowledgeable and energetic instructors are ready to show you a good time! (434) 466-8674

9. Parasail: Check out the lake from the sky. Beautiful scenery from a completely thrilling vantage point. (540) 297-8481

10. Learn to sail. Captain Pete Phillip will show aspiring sailors the ropes during on-water outings tailored to their interest and experience. Call 719-0009 for info and to book lessons or a participatory half-day charter for groups of up to four. Find more details at

11. Try paddleboarding. This popular new sport is like balancing on a big surfboard while working the abs and exploring the coves. Rental locations include SML Boat Rentals at Mitchell’s Point Marina, Smith Mountain Wake Company and Bridgewater Marina (with additional locations at Bernard’s Landing and SML State Park).

12. Spend a day at the beach at Smith Mountain Lake Community Park or SML State Park. Lifeguards on duty at the white sand beaches. Open daily until dusk.

13. Boat to a restaurant. Any of SML’s 19 waterfront eateries make a great boat-trip destination.

14. Play mini golf. Three different styles are available in the lake area – Harbortown Mini Golf at Bridgewater Plaza, Hot Shots and Westlake Safari Mini Golf at Westlake.

15. Take in a movie at the Westlake Cinema. Check for show times.

16. Feed the fish. Stop by Bridgewater Plaza or Smith Mountain Dock and Lodge and feed the pet carp.

17. Go horseback riding. Smith Mountain Farm & Stables in nearby Sandy Level offers scenic trail rides for riders of all abilities. Age and weight restrictions apply. Rental cottages and skeet shooting also are available. (434) 927-5199

18. Fish with a guide and then chow down on your catch.
Catch ‘em, grill ’em and eat ‘em. Striper makes a delicious meal. A professional fishing guide will teach you how to catch them and usually filet them for you.

19. Visit an alpaca farm or retail store to learn about these cute, intriguing animals. Take photos and shop for clothing and novelties made of alpaca fiber. The SML region has a number of area operations to choose from, including Alpaca By Jaca (store only), Alpacas of Smith Mountain Lake Farm & Gifts, Peaks of Otter Alpacas, Pacabella Farm Alpacas, Dreamland Farm and A Goode View Alpaca Farm.

20. Take a nature walk at SML State Park. There are several pleasant and easy walks, many with water views. The park also offers boating, swimming, fishing, hunting and camping. Open daily, 8 a.m. to dusk.

21. Visit the birthplace of Booker T. Washington.
Located on Virginia 122 just south of Westlake, this park has scenic walking trails and a variety of educational events throughout the season.

22. Visit the Smith Mountain Dam. Learn how electricity is generated, catch the movie in the mini-theater and try the hands-on displays that help kids and adults grasp the size and scope of electrical concepts at the remodeled Vipperman Center. Afterward, enjoy the picnic area and overlook. The visitor center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibits and overlook area close at 4:30.

23. Honor our soldiers at the National D-Day Memorial. Visit the memorial in Bedford to recognize the valor and sacrifice of the Allied Armed Forces on D-Day (June 6, 1944). The memorial is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are asked to check in at the nearby Bedford Area Welcome Center.

24. Enjoy the nightlife. Mangos Bar & Grill at Bridgewater Plaza has live music on weekends all summer long. Blackwater Café hosts live jazz on the third Thursday of each month. Hot Shots hosts open mic night every Thursday. Waller’s Waterfront has live entertainment as well.

Smith Mountain Lake Restaurants and Dining


restaurants Smith Mountain Lake Restaurants with a View of the Lake

Blackwater Marina (formerly Magnum Point Marina) (540-576-4486, Seasonal – call for hours)
Burgers, Wings, Sandwiches – Served Lakefront
Franklin County, 2200 Old Salem School Road, Union Hall, Virginia
By Boat: Southwest of Marker B-37

Chopsticks (540-721-8839)
Excellent Chinese Food, Lunch Buffet, Served Lakefront
Franklin County, Bridgewater Plaza at Hales Ford Bridge, Moneta, Virginia
By Boat: Bridgewater Plaza, West of Marker R-28

Kings Point Pub (540-297-7347, Seasonal Wed-Sun – call for hours)
Guinness Pie, Chicken Pot Pie, Seafood, Steaks, plus 12 Beers on Tap, Served Lakefront
Bedford County, 15844 Smith Mountain Lake Parkway, Huddleston, Virginia
By Boat: Lake Haven Marina, West of Marker C-3

Mango’s Bar and Grill (540-721-1632, Seasonal – call for hours)
Lunch, Dinner, and Live Entertainment, Served Lakefront
Franklin County, Bridgewater Plaza at Hales Ford Bridge, Moneta, Virginia
By Boat: Bridgewater Plaza, West of Marker R-28

Marina Cafe at Mitchell’s Point (540-297-4829, Seasonal – call for hours)
Burgers, Sandwiches, Seafood, Served Lakefront
Bedford County, 3553 Trading Post Road, Huddleston, Virginia
By Boat: Between Markers C-2 and C-3

Mexico Viejo (540-719-1000)
Mexican Grill and Cantina, Served Lakefront
Franklin County, 400 Crazy Horse Drive (off Rt. 616), Moneta, Virginia
By Boat: North of Markers B-10 & B-11

Moosie’s Restaurant (540-721-5255)
Generously-sized Sandwiches, Served Lakefront
Franklin County, Bridgewater Plaza at Hales Ford Bridge, Moneta, Virginia
By Boat: Bridgewater Plaza, West of Marker R-28

Pizza Pub (540-721-1234)
Pizza, Sandwiches, Salads, Beer and Wine, Served Waterfront
Franklin County, Bridgewater Plaza at Hales Ford Bridge, Moneta, Virginia
By Boat: Bridgewater Plaza, West of Marker R-28

Portside Grill & Bar (540-297-7100 x3, Seasonal Fri-Sun – call for hours) Sandwiches, Beer and Wine, Served Waterfront
Bedford County, 3619 Airport Road at Virginia Dare Marina, Moneta, Virginia
By Boat: Northwest of Marker R-21

Smith Mountain Dock Waterfront Grill (434-927-5100, Seasonal – call for hours)
Sandwiches at Lunch, with Picnic Tables on the Dock
Pittsylvania County, 300 Locust Lane, Penhook, Virginia
By Boat: Between Marker R-6 & B-1

The Landing Restaurant (540-721-3028)
Fine/Gourmet Dining, Served Lakefront
Franklin County, 773 Ashmeade Road, Bernards Landing, Moneta, Virginia
By Boat: West of Marker R-11, Dock at The Landing

Waller’s Smith Mountain Lake (540-297-0055)
Restaurant/Pub at Lakefront; Chicken, Fish, BBQ, Salads, Sandwiches, Burgers
Bedford County, 1617 Crystal Shores Drive, Moneta, Virginia
By Boat: Northeast of Marker R-27, at Crystal Shores Marina

Off-Water Restaurants

Anchors Family Restaurant (540-296-0888)
Home Cooking, Steaks, Seafood, Pasta, Southern Specialties
Bedford County, Rt. 608 at Rt. 626, Huddleston, Virginia

Blackwater Cafe (540-721-4333)
Lunch and Dinner: Sandwiches, Steak, Seafood, Chicken
(Ask about their monthly Wine-Tasting Dinner Events)
Franklin County, Scruggs Road (Rt. 616) at Bluewater Dr. (Rt. 942), Moneta, Virginia

Cancun Mexican Restaurant (540-719-2884)
Mexican Restaurant and Grill
Franklin County, Lake Plaza, 13383 Booker T Washington Highway, Hardy, Virginia

El Cazador (540-296-0763)
Mexican Restaurant, Large Portions
Bedford County, 16547 Moneta Road, Moneta, Virginia

Casa D’Amici 540-296-1329)
Gourmet Italian
Bedford County, 1100 Celebration Avenue, Suite 208, Moneta, Virginia

Downtown Pizzeria (540-297-1269)
Hand-tossed Pizza, Sandwiches, Salads, Dinner
Bedford County, Corner of Rt. 122 and Rt. 608, Moneta, Virginia

Dudley Mart & Restaurant (540-721-1635)
Home Cooked Meals – Friday Night Walleye
Franklin County, 6674 Burnt Chimney Road (Rt. 670), Wirtz, Virginia

Edo Grill and Sushi (540-297-6888)
Sushi, Sashimi, Nigiri, Hipaci, and other Japanese Specialties
Bedford County, 1035 Mercantile Street, Moneta, Virginia

El Torito Mexican Restaurant (540-721-3821)
Authentic Mexican Food, plus Steaks, Chicken, Pizza
Franklin County,

Hot Shots Family Fun Center (540-719-1547)
Pizza, Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Burgers
Franklin County, 67 Village View Lane (off Rt. 122, near Westlake), Moneta, Virginia

Joe’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant (540-721-2422)
Pizza, Italian Dinner Buffet (Tuesday-Sunday)
Franklin County, 130 Scruggs Road (Rt. 616), Moneta, Virginia

Jonathan’s Restaurant (540-719-1212)
Lunch, Dinner: Salads, Seafood, Pasta, Steaks, Chops, Burgers, Sandwiches
Franklin County, 50 First Watch Drive at Lakewatch Plantation, Moneta, Virginia

La Trattoria Italian Restaurant (540-576-3004)
Italian Fare; Sunday Morning Buffet
Franklin County, 11960 Old Franklin Turnpike, Union Hall, Virginia

Lago Pizza (540-297-5353)
New York and Chicago-Style Pizza, Steak Sandwiches, and more
Bedford County, Shoprite Shopping Center, 14600 Moneta Road, Moneta, Virginia

Min’s China City (540-721-2646)
Moderately-Priced Chinese Buffet & Full Menu, Lunch & Dinner
Franklin County, Lakewood Prof. Center, 400 Scruggs Road (Rt. 616), Suite 100, Moneta, Virginia

New York Pizza (540-721-4880)
Pizzas, Strombolis, Italian Fare
Franklin County, Rts. 122 and 616 (by Food Lion), Moneta, Virginia

No Bologna (540-721-1414)
Takeout: Deli & Huge Tasty Subs
Franklin County, “Blue Building”, 13850 BTW Hwy. (Rt. 122) about 1 mile S. of Hales Ford Bridge, Moneta, Virginia

Old Oak Cafe (540-719-3388, 7AM-2PM daily)
Breakfast “All Day”, and Lunch Sandwiches/Salad Bar
Franklin County, 400 Scruggs Road (Rt. 616), Lakewood Professional Center, Moneta, Virginia

The Back 40 (540-297-4161)
Burgers, Steaks, Seafood; Pool tables, Sports, Family Friendly
Bedford County, 1050 Hendricks Store Road, Moneta, Virginia

Tuscan Tavern Pasta & Grill (540-297-8900)
Pizzas, All Types of Italian Fare
Bedford County, Rt. 122, 1/2 Mile North of Hales Ford Bridge, Moneta, Virginia

Westlake Golf & Country Club (540-721-4215)
Lunch Daily; Excellent Prime Rib & Seafood Buffet, Friday Nights 5:30PM-9:00PM
(During summer, buffets book early — call in advance for reservations.)
Franklin County, 360 Chestnut Creek Drive, Hardy, Virginia

Fast Food Restaurants at Smith Mountain Lake

Bojangles (540-719-2248)
Chicken and Sandwiches
Franklin County, 14233 Booker T Washington Hwy., Moneta, Virginia

Dairy Queen (540-721-7541)
Burgers, Chicken Sandwiches, Hot Dogs
Franklin County, 520 Scruggs Road, Moneta, Virginia

Subway (540-721-7827)
Subs, Wraps, Salads
Franklin County, 13300 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Moneta, Virginia

Subway (540-297-8889)
Subs, Wraps, Salads
Bedford County, Shoprite Shopping Center, 14600 Moneta Road, Moneta, Virginia

Wendy’s Restaurant (540-721-5000)
Breakfast Sandwiches, Burgers, Chicken Sandwiches, Salads
Franklin County, 12890 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Hardy, Virginia

Ice Cream

Homestead Creamery (540-721-2045)
Exceptional Ice Cream, Cream-on-the-Top Milk, and Dairy Products
Franklin County, 7254 BTW Hwy. (on Rt. 122 just north of Rts. 116 & 670), Wirtz, Virginia

Ice Cream Cottage
16430 Booker T Washington Highway Ste 3
Moneta, VA 24121
(540) 721-1305

“Amazement Square”, located in downtown Lynchburg is a “hands on”, interactive museum with its 4 floors worth of climbing, sliding, and interactive exhibits and activities that cover anything from global and regional topics, arts, humanities, and health and science related themes. The Science Museum of Western Virginia has plenty of hands on exhibits for the whole family as well, including a butterfly room.

Smith Mountain Lake has some historical monuments as well for all you history enthusiasts. The National D-Day Memorial and the Booker T. Washington National Monument both offer tours. If you are a family that love the outdoors stop on by our Smith Mountain Lake State Park. which offers a verity of fun for the whole family from camping, log cabins, a man made beach, canoe and paddle boat rentals, miles of biking and hiking trails, fishing piers, picnic shelters, snack/food bar. Bridgewater Plaza (the one stop shop for the whole family) offers outdoor entertainment with a putt course, an arcade center, a rock climbing station. It also features an art gallery and awesome night life with music and dancing, also plenty of places to eat such as Moosies, Mango’s Bar and Grill, Chopsticks, Oar Knot, Pizza Pub, and the Ice Cream Shop and lots of mini shops for souvenirs, wine, clothes, and crafts. The best part of Bridgewater Plaza is that it is all on the water, so come by boat or come by car but there is something for everyone here!! So rain or shine, Smith Mountain Lake offers you a good time!!!!

Check out a movie at the Westlake Cinema. They get first run movies, even 3D and are open late. Check out one of the public libraries and read a good book. If you sign up for an account, you can use their computers too. Most of our homes have either a pool table, ping pong table, foosball, air hockey or board games.