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Leesville and Smith Mountain Lakes
|The Smith Mountain Dam||The Leesville Dam|
|Height from riverbed||227 feet||90 feet|
Length, not including
abutments at each end
|816 feet||920 feet|
|Type of construction||Concrete Arch||Concrete Gravity|
|Smith Mountain Lake||Leesville Lake|
|Length of lake||40 miles||17 miles|
|Storage (approx.)||1,100,000 acre-feet||110,000 acre-feet|
|Area (approx.)||20,000 acres||3,400 acres|
|Shoreline||500 miles||100 miles|
The Smith Mountain Dam employs five generating units. Of those five, two are conventional generators while the other three are reversible pump/turbines. The Leesville Dam employs two conventional generators. The Smith Mountain project currently has a combined installed capacity of 636 megawatts.
Water and outdoor enthusiast of all kinds—boaters, skiers, fishermen, swimmers, campers, hunters, nature lovers—find Smith Mountain and Leesville Lakes a wonderland of enjoyment. A continuous program of stocking the lakes with millions of game fish is maintained by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The lakes have been called one of the best fishing spots in the eastern part of the nation. Appalachian Power Company has established picnic areas at both Smith Mountain and Leesville Dams, which are open to the public. They feature shelters, tables, fireplaces, comfort stations and fountains. Appalachian has also developed a public information center at the Smith Mountain Dam. Other recreational facilities and opportunities are available on the lakes, the largest inland water recreation project located solely in Virginia.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness” is an axiom completely endorsed by the public officials, property owners and visitors to the region. State statutes prohibit littering or dumping trash, etc. on the highway, right of way or public property and prescribe severe penalties for the offender. Similarly, when on your boating or fishing trip, do not throw sewage, garbage or trash of any kind in the water. If receptacles are not furnished, take it with you and dispose of it legally and sensibly when you return to shore. You are asked to report flagrant violation of the pollution laws to the closest health department and/or the sheriff.
Thank You 2015
Sponsors of the 12th Annual Beautification Day, May 16
DIAMONDAmerican Electric Power
Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission
Heron Landing Homeowners Association
Runaway Bay HOA
Sunset Bay HOA
SILVERBays Trash Removal
1st National Bank of Altavista
Galvanek & Wahl Advertising Agency
Reg Anderson, Realtor, Long & Foster