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Guide to Smith Mountain Lake Marinas and Public Boat Ramps

BY JERRY HALE

Familiarizing yourself with Smith Mountain Lake marinas and public boat launches is essential, whether you’re setting off for a leisurely cruise or a day packed with water sports excitement.

Drawing from my decades of experience boating on Smith Mountain Lake, I’ve compiled this comprehensive Insiders’ Guide to SML Marinas. It’s filled with invaluable insights to enhance your experience on Smith Mountain Lake, making it both memorable and stress free.

Conveniently organized by location, this guide covers marinas at Hales Ford Bridge, up the Roanoke River, down the Roanoke River, Craddock Creek and Blackwater River. Let’s dive in and make the most of your time on the lake!

There are four marinas clustered near the bridge at channel marker R28, two on each side of Virginia 122 at both the north and south ends.

Aerial view of shops and marina at Bridgewater Plaza, Smith Mountain Lake, VA.
Photo by Bryce Scott, Rapid Imagery

Marina 66/SML Recreational Boat Rentals | R28

In the former Captain’s Quarters location, Marina 66 is on the south end of Hales Ford Bridge (up river) and has a new fleet of Crest tritoons for rent April-September. There is an attended gas pump available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, as well as a bait and tackle shop and boat dockside store. A short walk on shore leads to a new retail store offering water toys, outdoor furniture, umbrellas, dock decor and more.

CONTACT:

540-420-8103 website-icon

16525 Booker T Washington Hwy, Moneta, Virginia 24121

Franklin County

Boating

Webster Marine Center | R28

Webster, located at the north end of Hales Ford Bridge, provides limited transient docking for boaters near the 24/7 gas dock in a mini-cove just upriver from the bridge. Public restrooms are available on shore, next to the marina yard’s driveway gate. However, the launch ramp is exclusively for marina use. Established in 1966 and family owned, Webster is a prominent dealer of Sea-Doos and Bennington pontoons/tritoons, as well as wake sports towboats by Nautique and Moomba. Their marina store offers various marine accessories such as life jackets, anchors, hardware, outboard and PWC oil, maintenance items, hats, and logo T-shirts. However, they don’t provide food or beverage items except for bottled water.

CONTACT:

540-297-5228 website-icon

1185 Mills Road, Moneta, Virginia 24121

Franklin County

Boating

Waterwheel Marina | R28

Waterwheel is also at the north end of Hales Ford Bridge, but on the down-river side. It is a private marina offering covered, lift-equipped slips by annual contract. There are no retail services on the marina site, but neighboring boat dealer Magnum Boating, Inc., offers sales and service for Chaparral family runabouts, Harris and South Bay tritoons and Robalo fishing boats. There is also a launching ramp concession adjacent to the showroom, with annual, weekly and daily ($20 by monitored honor system) rates posted.

CONTACT:

540-721-5668 website-icon

1227 Waterwheel Drive, Moneta, Virginia 24121

Bedford County

Boating

Bridgewater Marina | R28

At the south end of Hales Ford Bridge sits SML’s largest and most diverse marina. Upon entering the no-wake marina cove, ample transient docking is available to starboard. Bridgewater Plaza boasts around 40 shops and eateries, along with recreational activities like a climbing wall and over-water mini-golf course during the season. The full-service marina, open year-round, is situated further in and features the lake’s largest marina store, stocked with water sports necessities, souvenirs and sportswear. Marine-grade fuel is accessible at a dock beyond the covered slips, with attentive dock hands available from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and tap-to-pay options during off-hours. Bridgewater offers a large boat rental and sales operation with tritoons, runabouts, wake surf boats, fishing boats and PWCs. Reservations are a must in season. The company operates three satellite rental locations in season at Bernard’s Landing, SML State Park and Mariners Landing.

CONTACT:

540-721-1639 website-icon

16410 Booker T Washington Hwy., #5685, Moneta, Virginia 24121

Franklin County

Boating

Halesford Harbour Marina & Inn | R29

By-boat access to Halesford Harbor is well into the first major cove up-river of the bridge (where Webster Marine’s covered slips are located). Here you’ll find 24/7 gas, a marine store and a lakeside inn with pet and ADA-friendly rooms, plus dedicated docking well suited to visiting fishing boats. There are also docking spaces for Jake’s Place, a popular waterfront eatery. When entering and departing the marina, observe the no-wake zone and motor in at dead idle.

CONTACT:

540-297-1500 website-icon

1336 Campers Paradise Trail, Moneta, Virginia 24121

Bedford County

Boating

Indian Point Marina | R37

Situated in a sheltered cove just off the upper main channel, this newly re-opened facility offers 24/7 gas dockside and a bait and tackle shop a flight up in space once occupied by a restaurant. Beverage vending machines plus the permanently-based Rod & Grill food trailer (hot dogs, burgers, pizza, nuggets, etc.) are available to hungry boaters, with a raised water-view deck for those wishing to eat and relax on shore.

CONTACT:

540-721-1175 website-icon

2031 Morewood Drive, Hardy, Virginia 24121

Franklin County

Boating

Moorman’s Marina | R77

A launch ramp and private dockage facility with no gas or retail services.

CONTACT:

000-000-0000 website-icon

1501-1569 Moorman Road, Goodview, Virginia 24095

Bedford County

Boating

Bay Rock Marina | R87

Approximately 35 minutes (at 22-25 mph) upriver from Hales Ford Bridge, Bay Rock sells gas Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but use caution getting there when water levels are below full pond due to silt accumulation. There are restrooms and a marine store offering snacks, beverages and marine accessories, as well as bait and tackle.

CONTACT:

540-890-2194 website-icon

8360 Hardy Road, Hardy, Virginia 24101

Franklin County

Boating

Goodhue Boat Company, Eastlake

Between R28 and R26

Goodhue, formerly known as Crystal Shores, is accessible from the northwestern shore of the Roanoke River, marked by a large sign at the cove entrance. Gas is available at attended pumps from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and weekends during the season, with limited hours in the off-season. Goodhue serves as a dealer for Premier pontoons, Cobalt runabouts and Malibu towboats, as well as various engine brands. Boat rentals and Carefree Boat Club also operate from this location. Under new ownership, the marina has expanded transient docking to accommodate diners at Drifter’s restaurant and features a renovated souvenir and snack shop. Skippers are requested to approach the gas dock to receive an available space, offload passengers if needed, and take advantage of free valet docking.

CONTACT:

540-297-1888 website-icon

1617 Crystal Shores Drive, Moneta, Virginia 24121

Bedford County

Boating

Bayside Marina & Yacht Club

Becky’s Creek, below R27

Gas and a limited selection of marine supplies are available at Bayside Marina, which is primarily home to some 150 rented slips. Find it by passing R27 and the rip-rapped island beyond (not named on the chart but locally known as “Party Island”) as you come down-river, then turning right to motor up Becky’s Creek. The tucked-away marina comes into view as you approach the no-wake buoys. Idle past the covered docks to tie up for attended or 24/7 gas.

CONTACT:

540-721-3664 website-icon

500 Shoreline Marina Circle, Moneta, Virginia 24121

Franklin County

Boating

State Park Boat Rentals | R20

In season (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day), Bridgewater Marina and Boat Rentals operates one of its three satellite operations out of Smith Mountain Lake State Park. Boat renters may pick up and drop off vessels near the park’s beach. There is no gas or other retail facilities here.

CONTACT:

540-297-3642 website-icon

1235 State Park Road, Huddleston, Virginia 24104

Bedford County

Boating

Bernard’s Landing Boat Rentals | R11


Idle inside the row of no-wake buoys to find gang docks for the condos at Bernard’s Landing plus, to the left, transient docking for local favorite Napoli by the Lake restaurant. Bridgewater Marina operates a fleet of rental boats and personal watercraft from here in season, but there’s no gas to purchase.

CONTACT:

540-721-7800 website-icon

775 Ashmead Road, Moneta, Virginia 24121

Franklin County

Boating

Parkway Marina | R8

Across the big bay from Bernard’s lies Parkway Marina, marked by an octagonal building on the point that houses a carousel (operated only for special events). Circle around that point and idle inside the no-wake markers to find a gas dock (attended 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily in season), launching ramp, porta potties and marina store that stocks souvenirs, life jackets, water toys and engine oil, plus a large selection of beverages (in season), including beer. SML Marine Service and Straight Line Upholstery & Canvas are accessible by water from the outer shore of Saunders’ Point.

CONTACT:

540-297-4412 website-icon

16918 Smith Mountain Lake Pkwy, Huddleston, Virginia 24104

Bedford County

Boating

Aerial view of Virginia Dare Marina with cruise boat and restaurants.
Phot by Bryce Scott, Rapid Imagery

Virginia Dare Cruises and Marina

Between R22 and R20

This primarily rented-slip marina is home to the Virginia Dare sightseeing cruise boat, as well as waterfront dining favorites Portside Grill and Bar and Beacon Seafood Pub . There are ample floating docks to handle restaurant traffic (stay right of the Dare’s stern and the pay-to-use launching ramp); 24/7 gas dock is to her port side, adjacent to the over-water grill seating deck.

CONTACT:

540-297-7100 website-icon

3619 Airport Road, Moneta, Virginia 24121

Bedford County

Boating

The Dock at SML

Directly (but distantly) south of R6, SSE of Vista Point condos

A popular stop for gas (24/7) and fueling up your crew on appetizers, dogs, wings, sandwiches and pizza at picnic tables right on the dock. Getting there requires keeping the shallows east of Vista Pointe’s community docks well to your left as you wind back into the marina cove beyond.

CONTACT:

540-565-0222 website-icon

188 Locust Lane, Penhook, Virginia 24137

Franklin County

Boating

Lake Haven Marina | C2

Covered slips for large cruisers and some uncovered slips for smaller boats. No retail services available.

CONTACT:

540-297-7347 website-icon

15844 Smith Mountain Lake Pkwy, Huddleston, Virginia 24104

Bedford County

Boating

Craddock Creek Marina | C2

A private dockage marina with ADA-accessible bathhouse available to slip holders and guests. No gas or other retail services available.

CONTACT:

540-297-7325 website-icon

15826 Smith Mountain Lake Pkwy, Huddleston, Virginia 24104

Bedford County

Boating

Sunrise over Smith Mountain Lake illuminating Mitchell's Point Marina at SML, Virginia.
Photo by Casey Johnson, REALTOR

Mitchell’s Point Marina | C2

An attended fuel dock, boat and water toy rentals, launching ramp and popular outdoor restaurant are clustered shoreside to serve tenants of the campground, as well as drop-in skippers and crews. Restrooms and showers are available at the side of the restaurant.

CONTACT:

540-484-3980 website-icon

3553 Trading Post Road, Huddleston, Virginia 24104

Bedford County

Boating

Mariners Landing | C2

Other than transient docking for patrons of The Landing restaurant, the shoreline facilities at Mariners Landing are private, for use by condo and residence owners and their guests and tenants only. In-season, this is a satellite location for boat renters from Bridgewater Marina to pick up and drop off vessels.

CONTACT:

540-238-7726 website-icon

1217 Graves Harbor Trail, Huddleston, Virginia 24121

Bedford County

Boating


Lumpkins Marina

Several coves south of B1, along the foot of Smith Mountain

Lumpkins has been a Penhook institution since SML was filled in the mid-1960s. Here you’ll find 24/7 gas and a mini-store with snacks, drinks, ice and ice cream (new for 2024). Sandy’s at Lumpkins is well known for reasonably-priced burgers and breakfast stacks of blueberry pancakes that may hold you well through lunchtime.

CONTACT:

434-927-5294 website-icon

503 Pruitt Drive, Penhook, Virginia 24137

Franklin County

Boating

Lakeside Marina

One cove beyond Lumpkins

One of SML’s very first marinas, Lakeside offers covered and uncovered slip space to tenants by contract. No retail services available.

CONTACT:

434-927-5380 website-icon

629 Lakeside Road, Penhook, Virginia 24137

Franklin County

Boating

Palmer’s Marina

Across cove from BR3

Covered slips provided by contract. No gas or other retail services.

CONTACT:

540-576-3651 website-icon

2330 Morgans Road, Penhook, Virginia 24137

Franklin County

Boating

Pelican Point Yacht Club | Above B9


Pelican Point is a private club that provides slips for in-water dockage of 134 boats, mostly sailing yachts and large cruisers. Slip holders enjoy clubhouse, pool and shower facilities and social events. Diesel fuel is available by appointment.

CONTACT:

540-576-2019 website-icon

60 Marina Point Lane, Union Hall, Virginia 24176

Franklin County

Boating

Goodhue Boat Company, Blackwater | B10A

Formerly Crazy Horse Marina, this long-time favorite is under new ownership for 2024. Situated a quarter of the way up the Blackwater, it offers an attended gas dock (not open 24/7 but shielded from boat wakes), a small store with snacks and beverages (excluding beer) and dining at Los Amigos Bar & Grill. A launching ramp is conveniently located near the pleasant beach, with ample docking for restaurant patrons. Enjoy the weekend live music from your boat, whether docked in a transient slip or just offshore. Goodhue Blackwater offers new and used boats, similar to its sister marina, Goodhue Eastlake. Rental boats and Carefree Boat Club options are also available here.

CONTACT:

540-719-0620 website-icon

400 Crazy Horse Drive, Moneta, Virginia 24121

Bedford County

Boating

Gills Creek Marina | G2

Dead ahead as you motor into the mouth of Gills Creek you’ll find a large 24/7 gas dock (with helpful attendants during business hours) and a well-stocked marina store for accessories, lake gear, beverages and ice cream treats. Several rental boats are available with advance reservations required. There’s a launch ramp beside the store and four lakeview motel rooms on the hill behind.

CONTACT:

540-721-2451 website-icon

790 Fox Chase Road, Wirtz, Virginia 24184

Franklin County

Boating

Exterior lakeside of Magnum Point Marina with dock leading up to restaurant.
Photo by Andie Gibson

Magnum Point Marina | SE of B37

There is a pay-to-launch ramp at Magnum Point, plus covered slips for use by rental contract. The chief attraction is an indoor/outdoor restaurant that operates year-round, thanks to a sizable lakefront porch that gets enclosed and heated for the cooler months. Ample double-wide slips make docking a snap, and the restaurant is just a sloped ramp and a flight up.

CONTACT:

540-576-3001 website-icon

2200 Old Salem School Road, Union Hall, Virginia 24176

Franklin County

Boating

Smith Mountain Lake boat ramps / launches are listed in order from the most northern launch on the Roanoke River (at navigation marker R87) to the most southwestern launches on the Blackwater River (B12) and Bull Run (BR3).

Hardy Ford Boat Launch

South of channel marker R87
14051 Hardy Rd, Vinton, VA 24179

Hale’s Ford Boat Launch

East of marker R29
Meadow Point Dr, Moneta, VA 24121

Oak Grove Boat Launch

Southwest of marker R28
Oak Grove Cir, Moneta, VA 24121

SML State Park Boat Launch

Northeast of marker R19
Huddleston, VA 24104

Anthony Ford Boat Launch

Southwest of marker R6 
Co Rd 953, Penhook, VA 24137

Penhook Boat Launch

South of marker BR3
State Rte 966, Penhook, VA 24137

Scruggs Boat Launch

At marker B12
1755 Dudley Amos Rd, Moneta, VA 24121

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SML Insider Jerry Hale, Freelance Writer

Jerry Hale

freelance writer

When he’s not writing about the Smith Mountain Lake, you might just find Jerry out wake surfing or just idling through its coves, practicing guitar or banjo on his deck at the Cottages of Contentment Island, playing steel drums or volunteering with LCM, Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Neighbors Helping Neighbors or the SML Charity Home Tour. 

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