50th Anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake | Everything you need to know! | Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate | Vicki Millehan

50th Anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake | Everything you need to know!

Smith Mountain Lake will celebrate an exciting milestone in 2016 – its golden anniversary!

Smith Mountain Lake reached “full pond” of 795 feet above sea level on March 7, 1966. A ton of special events and celebrations will take place throughout 2016 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake, making it a great time to plan a vacation or take a look at Smith Mountain Lake homes for sale.



Activities in the works to commemorate SML’s 50th anniversary are plentiful with community organizations and individual businesses marking the milestone in ways big and small. Included will be:

  • Several 5K and 10K races, as well as a 50-kilometer “dam-to-dam” ultra-marathon
  • A 1960s-themed weekend with live music, a car show and more
  • A Roanoke Symphony Orchestra 50th anniversary concert
  • 50th anniversary-themed celebrations at the area’s largest festivals, including the SML Wine Festival and Rockin Brews & BBQ’s

Bookmark the 50th anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake calendar of events, updated frequently by the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce, for all the details!

50th Anniversary Song

Several lake-area musicians banded together to produce a catchy tune about the 50th anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake. Written by Jerry Hale, “Jewel of the Blue Ridge” features noted vocalists Bubba Chandler and Mary Prillaman, as well as Johnathan Dillon (mandolin, banjo and guitar) and Tim Massey (bass and harmony).

Download the 50th anniversary song for $1.99. All proceeds benefit the celebration. Read more about how the song came about in this story from Laker Weekly.


Officially licensed 50th anniversary merchandise will be for sale at retail locations around the lake and the SML Visitor Center at Bridgewater Plaza. Clothing, accessories, memorabilia, trinkets, posters and a 2016 calendar are among the items available.

Find Out More

Visit the official 50th anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake page of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce for additional information, a brief history of Smith Mountain Lake, a list of related events and celebrations and additional links.

Smith Mountain Laker Magazine and Laker Weekly are compiling 50th anniversary of SML stories and photos and will be updating coverage throughout the year. The editors also welcome you to share your photos and memories of Smith Mountain Lake in celebration of the milestone.

Also covering stories and events surrounding the 50th anniversary of SML celebration is the Smith Mountain Eagle.

Contact Me

If you plan to be here in 2016 for the celebration and are interested in setting up an appointment to tour Smith Mountain Lake homes for sale, be sure to get in touch with me!