Each year there are accidents on Smith Mountain Lake, who knows why they happen, but I suspect many are because some boaters have no idea of what they are doing. When we started boating in the Potomac River in the Washington DC area, the first thing we did was take a safe boating course. The responsibility of being the captain of a boat with guests aboard is significant. Free boating courses are being held in various locations throughout the Smith Mountain Lake area, visit SmithMountainEagle.com to see the schedule and register. Smith Mountain Lake is approximately 45 minutes from Roanoke, VA and is 40 miles long with 550 miles of shoreline. If you want a wonderful quality of life, you need to be here!