An overview of the area

Smith Mountain Lake is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places along the East Coast of the country. Real estate taxes are as low as 52 cents on the hundred, i.e. a $250,000 home would typically have a tax base of about $1,500. Electric rates are as low as 4.75 cents per kWh., i.e. a typical 3,000 sq. ft. home, total electric, would have a total utility bill, heat/air and lights, of between $55-60 spring and fall to maybe $110-120 summer and winter.


We are 30 miles from Roanoke, 95,000 people and 40 miles from Lynchburg, 80,000 people. Who cares, well let me tell you that anything over a couple of hours driving is too far for a “day trip to the lake” and we don’t have any large populated places that plague places like Lake Anna, and Deep Creek. Fishing isn’t what it used to be years ago but all lakes cool off after everything gets settled in. 25 pound stripers don’t usually even make it into the local papers. Largest stripers are 45 – 55 pounds, muskies go up to maybe 30 pounds and small mouth bass can get up to 5+ pounds. This lake isn’t as good for largemouth bass as Kerr and Gaston because it isn’t as warm but 8-10 pound bass are still here.


Over the years I’ve done some searching and continued some comments started by the folks we bought our home from, about lakes along the East Coast of the U.S. We don’t have them all in here yet but at least it is a start. Anyone desiring to contribute some information, is invited to contact us.


Sorted here roughly north to south (cooler to warmer).

1. Deep Creek Lake,
2. Lake Anna
3. Smith Mountain Lake
4. Leesville Lake
5. Kerr Lake (Buggs Island)
6. Lake Gaston
7. Watauga Lake
8. Dale Hollow Lake
9. Lake Norman
10. Lake Rhodhiss
11. Lake Hickory
12. Nickajack Lake
13. Chicamauga Lake
14. Lake Sidney Lanier
15. Lake Hartwell
16. Lake Keowee

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