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LakeAway Property Locations
Mountain Preserve: The Heart of Smith Mountain Lake
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Search & Compare
Find the Vacation Home that is Best For You
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Compare Features
Select Properties That Meet Your Specific Needs
Compare Features of LakeAway Properties on Smith Mountain Lake

*Occupancy: County regulations prohibit exceeding occupancy figures. (Any person over 2 years must be included, as defined by Bedford County Zoning Ordinace 30-100-18.) If your requirements exceed available capacity, please call and we can make arrangements with other nearby rental properties.
**Dock Power is available by request. Please arrange for dock power prior to your arrival.
***Wireless Internet (Wireless-B & G, 802.11b & 802.11g) requires a wireless capability in your laptop.
***Hot Tubs: Please see paragraph 10 on the POLICIES page regarding the safe use of the Hot Tubs
† Television reception either from Satellite (Dish, Direct TV etc.), Cable (Comcast) or Antenna

Features Table LakeAway Vacation Rentals at Smith Mountain Lake
Sleeps* 6 4 10 6 4 4
Bedrooms 3 4 4 3 2 2
Bathrooms 4 2 2 1 1 1
Master Bedroom #1 1 K 1 Q 1 Q 1 Q 1 Q 1 Q
Master Bedroom #2 1 Q 1 F 1 Q      
Guest Room #1 2 Twn 2 Twn 2 Twn 2 Twn 2 Twn 2 Twn
Guest Room #2   1 Q 3 Twn 2 Twn    
Public Rooms Dbl Fut   2 Twn SS    
Range (stove/oven) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Refrigerator(s) 1 2 2 1 1 1
Dishwasher Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Laundry Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Primary TV 43" HD 40" HD 40" HD 40" HD 40" HD 40" HD
Secondary TVs † 32" 3-Std 2-22"      
Dock/Swim Ladder Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Depth at Dock 20' 6' 25' 22' 16' 16'
Dock Power B/R** B/R** B/R** No No No
Cord Required to Dock 125' 125' 25' 120' 120' 120'
Boat Slips 2 2 1 2 1 1
Square Feet (Cottage) ~3,500 ~865 ~3,000 ~1,100 ~640 ~640
Central Air and Heat Yes  Up. Lev. Yes  Yes Yes Yes
Fireplace Wood No No Gas No No
Wireless Internet*** Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hot Tub**** No No Yes Yes  No No
Fire Pit No Yes Yes No No No
Pets Allowed? No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
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Reunion Planning
Build Generations of Memories
Reunion Planning at LakeAway Vacation Rentals on Smith Mountain Lake Family Reunion on the water

Finding the right venue

It isn't easy to find a private place in a beautiful setting with great activities for all ages that can also accommodate a reunion. The first challenge is to find a home where everyone can meet. The county sets strict overnight occupancy limits on houses, based on the capacity of the septic system. However, some larger LakeAway properties are excellent reunion headquarters where everyone may gather during the day and evening. Guests not able to stay at the reunion home may stay in nearby LakeAway properties.

Choosing right properties

At the moment, the only LakeAway "reunion" home is the Main House. As more "reunion" homes become available, they will be added to this page. The Property Locations map and the Compare Features chart (both on this page) are an important tools for working out which properties you will need. We suggest that you assign people to beds/bedrooms to make sure that everyone can fit in comfortably. In some cases we have more places for people to sleep than are allowed in the property. This is done to provide you with more flexibility. Also, keep in mind that very young children needn’t be counted in the number of guests.

Too many people for the properties available?

If some of the properties are already booked or you need more space, we can help. There are other nearby properties that may be available. These properties are not managed by LakeAway, but we often coordinate with the owners to accommodate larger groups. Please ask, we are happy to help.

Making plans

Other than finding the best venue, the most challenging part of planning a reunion is picking a date that works for everyone. If you are planning a reunion in the peak season, mid-June to mid-August, you will need to book well in advance. We typically get a few bookings one year in advance, but it really picks up in December and January.

The Availability Calendar, found on the Reservations page, allows you to see all the availability of all the properties at once. While we make every effort to keep the calendar up to date, during peak booking days we can fall behind, so please call us! For those who wonder, peak booking days are one of the great mysteries of this business. Anything from a snowstorm in the northeast, to the first warm day of spring, or possibly a new moon seem to trigger a flood of booking inquiries.

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Enjoy the Natural Beauty of Smith Mountain
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History

Smith Mountain Lake had its' beginnings in 1963 when the dam across the Roanoke River was completed. It took three years for the lake to fill, covering 20,000 acres and creating over 500 miles of shorline. The lake is operated by AEP to both generate and store electricity. Energy storage is achieved by pumping water up into Smith Mountain Lake from Leesville Lake that is immediately below the dam and visible in the photo above. The Smith Mountain Lake Dam Visitor Center includes excellent exhibits that explain how it all works. See the Activities page for directions and visiting hours.

The lake is about 200' deep near the dam, leaving forests, farms, roads and bridges hidden beneath the surface. The area was prepared by cutting down all the trees that would be near the surface, but leaving the trees that would be completely submerged, creating ideal habitats for fish. As the lake was being filled, early water skiers describe dodging trees as the flew across the water!

For decades the lake remained very rural with few amenities. However, in the mid-1960s, before the lake was full, retired Air Force Colonel Leo Bourassa recognized the beauty and economic potential of the lake. He chose land along Witcher Creek with the most beautiful lake and mountain views, and built all of the properties that are now Silver Bay View Cottages, and named the area "Cedar Key". Cabin 1 and 2 were built as part of a fishing resort, while the Cedar Cabin was built as Col. Bourassa's home. In the late 1970's he added the Main House to his compound on the point. Over the years the land was subdivided, and Col. Bourassa and his wife donated the forest at the entry to Cedar Key to the Virginia Department of Forestry as a wildlife preserve, which is what it remains to this day.

What About Bob filmed on Smith Mountain Lake

In the early 1990s, Hollywood discovered Smith Mountain Lake and the comedy "What About Bob?" was filmed here, although they said it was Lake Winnipesaukee in the film. In the years following the film, several stars from the film industry chose to vacation here. More recently, the Hallmark Movie Channel film "Lake Effects" was filmed here.

Smith Mountain Lake Today

As the lake became recognized as a vacation destination in the mid-Atlantic region, marinas, stores, supermarkets, restaurants and even two movie theaters appeared around the lake. Fortunately Silver Bay and the Cedar Key area remain largely untouched. The land across Witcher Creek, adjacent to Smith Mountain, is managed by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and will never be developed, preserving our beautifull views and pristine setting. The Cedar Key section of Witcher Creek is designated as a "no wake" area, which also preserves the quiet, natural feeling of the area.

In the early days, Col. Bourassa stocked Witcher Creek with striped bass, creating an intense spawning area each spring that remained well into the last decade. While Witcher Creek remains a prime fishing areas, DGIF rightly felt that it would be better for spawning to take place throughout the lake, so they now introduce fish in other locations as well.

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History

Smith Mountain Lake had its' beginnings in 1963 when the dam across the Roanoke River was completed. It took three years for the lake to fill, covering 20,000 acres and creating over 500 miles of shorline. The lake is operated by AEP to both generate and store electricity. Energy storage is achieved by pumping water up into Smith Mountain Lake from Leesville Lake that is immediately below the dam and visible in the photo above. The Smith Mountain Lake Dam Visitor Center includes excellent exhibits that explain how it all works. See the Activities page for directions and visiting hours.

The lake is about 200' deep near the dam, leaving forests, farms, roads and bridges hidden beneath the surface. The area was prepared by cutting down all the trees that would be near the surface, but leaving the trees that would be completely submerged, creating ideal habitats for fish. As the lake was being filled, early water skiers describe dodging trees as the flew across the water!

For decades the lake remained very rural with few amenities. However, in the mid-1960s, before the lake was full, retired Air Force Colonel Leo Bourassa recognized the beauty and economic potential of the lake. He chose land along Witcher Creek with the most beautiful lake and mountain views, and built all of the properties that are now Silver Bay View Cottages, and named the area "Cedar Key". Cabin 1 and 2 were built as part of a fishing resort, while the Cedar Cabin was built as Col. Bourassa's home. In the late 1970's he added the Main House to his compound on the point. Over the years the land was subdivided, and Col. Bourassa and his wife donated the forest at the entry to Cedar Key to the Virginia Department of Forestry as a wildlife preserve, which is what it remains to this day.

What About Bob filmed on Smith Mountain Lake

In the early 1990s, Hollywood discovered Smith Mountain Lake and the comedy "What About Bob?" was filmed here, although they said it was Lake Winnipesaukee in the film. In the years following the film, several stars from the film industry chose to vacation here. More recently, the Hallmark Movie Channel film "Lake Effects" was filmed here.

Smith Mountain Lake Today

As the lake became recognized as a vacation destination in the mid-Atlantic region, marinas, stores, supermarkets, restaurants and even two movie theaters appeared around the lake. Fortunately Silver Bay and the Cedar Key area remain largely untouched. The land across Witcher Creek, adjacent to Smith Mountain, is managed by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and will never be developed, preserving our beautifull views and pristine setting. The Cedar Key section of Witcher Creek is designated as a "no wake" area, which also preserves the quiet, natural feeling of the area.

In the early days, Col. Bourassa stocked Witcher Creek with striped bass, creating an intense spawning area each spring that remained well into the last decade. While Witcher Creek remains a prime fishing areas, DGIF rightly felt that it would be better for spawning to take place throughout the lake, so they now introduce fish in other locations as well.

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History

Smith Mountain Lake had its' beginnings in 1963 when the dam across the Roanoke River was completed. It took three years for the lake to fill, covering 20,000 acres and creating over 500 miles of shorline. The lake is operated by AEP to both generate and store electricity. Energy storage is achieved by pumping water up into Smith Mountain Lake from Leesville Lake that is immediately below the dam and visible in the photo above. The Smith Mountain Lake Dam Visitor Center includes excellent exhibits that explain how it all works. See the Activities page for directions and visiting hours.

The lake is about 200' deep near the dam, leaving forests, farms, roads and bridges hidden beneath the surface. The area was prepared by cutting down all the trees that would be near the surface, but leaving the trees that would be completely submerged, creating ideal habitats for fish. As the lake was being filled, early water skiers describe dodging trees as the flew across the water!

For decades the lake remained very rural with few amenities. However, in the mid-1960s, before the lake was full, retired Air Force Colonel Leo Bourassa recognized the beauty and economic potential of the lake. He chose land along Witcher Creek with the most beautiful lake and mountain views, and built all of the properties that are now Silver Bay View Cottages, and named the area "Cedar Key". Cabin 1 and 2 were built as part of a fishing resort, while the Cedar Cabin was built as Col. Bourassa's home. In the late 1970's he added the Main House to his compound on the point. Over the years the land was subdivided, and Col. Bourassa and his wife donated the forest at the entry to Cedar Key to the Virginia Department of Forestry as a wildlife preserve, which is what it remains to this day.

What About Bob filmed on Smith Mountain Lake

In the early 1990s, Hollywood discovered Smith Mountain Lake and the comedy "What About Bob?" was filmed here, although they said it was Lake Winnipesaukee in the film. In the years following the film, several stars from the film industry chose to vacation here. More recently, the Hallmark Movie Channel film "Lake Effects" was filmed here.

Smith Mountain Lake Today

As the lake became recognized as a vacation destination in the mid-Atlantic region, marinas, stores, supermarkets, restaurants and even two movie theaters appeared around the lake. Fortunately Silver Bay and the Cedar Key area remain largely untouched. The land across Witcher Creek, adjacent to Smith Mountain, is managed by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and will never be developed, preserving our beautifull views and pristine setting. The Cedar Key section of Witcher Creek is designated as a "no wake" area, which also preserves the quiet, natural feeling of the area.

In the early days, Col. Bourassa stocked Witcher Creek with striped bass, creating an intense spawning area each spring that remained well into the last decade. While Witcher Creek remains a prime fishing areas, DGIF rightly felt that it would be better for spawning to take place throughout the lake, so they now introduce fish in other locations as well.

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