Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake announces 2019 cleanup dates

Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake, SML’s annual cleanup initiative, will take place throughout the month of May with organized events scheduled for the first three Saturdays in May from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition, neighborhood groups, businesses, families, civic organizations and others may participate in any of the organized events or, as in the past, plan their own Take Pride cleanup for any date in May.

Pre-registration is required by May 3 for participants to receive free gloves, orange trash bags and commemorative t-shirts, as well as participate in a post-event celebration at Mango’s Bar & Grill on May 22. Register here.

On May 3, Take Pride organizers will be at the SML Business Expo, a free event open to the public from noon to 5 p.m., to sign up registrants and hand out supplies and t-shirts.

Join a group for Take Pride in SML at one of these organized events.

  • May 4: Magnum Point Marina, Crazy Horse Marina, Hardy Ford Boat Ramp
  • May 11: Westlake Waterfront Inn at Indian Point Marina, David and Steve Byrd Boat Ramp (1252 Waterwheel Drive)
  • May 18: Pleasure Point

NOTE: Pre-registration is still required for the organized events to ensure the proper number and size for gloves and t-shirts. Register here.

NEW! Easy online registration

New for 2019 is the ability to sign up completely online using our handy Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake Online Registration Form. You may also stop by the TLAC office (400 Scruggs Road, Suite 200, Moneta) to register. Supplies will be available for pickup there, too.


From left, Pam Alford, Lori Smith, Vicki Gardner, Andie Gibson and Paula Shoffner, members of the Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake oversight committee, prepare to register volunteers at the 2018 SML Business Expo at the YMCA at LakeWatch Plantation.

Additional dumpsters available for 2019

Dumpsters will be available all three weekends at Crazy Horse Marina and the David and Steve Byrd Boat Dock (near the former Waterwheel Marina) for participants who want to unload debris collected on the water and along the shoreline. On May 11, there will be a dumpster available at Westlake Waterfront Inn at Indian Point Marina and on May 18 at Pleasure Point.

Please note, these dumpsters are for debris collected on the water and along the shoreline only.

In addition, businesses and larger groups that organize their own on-the-water cleanup event may apply for reimbursement of up to $400 for costs incurred for dumpster and landfill fees.

Volunteers offer limited debris collection from docks

The first three weekends in May, Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire/Rescue will coordinate debris pickup from docks of those not able to dispose of it themselves. A few restrictions apply:

  • You must register for Take Pride in SML by May 3 and use the signature orange bags provided for free
  • The orange bags must be clearly visible and accessible by boat (e.g. placed at the end of the dock for easy access), not on the shoreline
  • Locations will be limited primarily to the Main Channel and Blackwater Channel. Volunteers will not be able to go in narrow coves. More details will be provided in the near future. For the latest updates, please check our Facebook page!


Now in its 32nd year, Take Pride in SML is organized by representatives of:

Smith Mountain Lake Association

Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission

Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce

For questions, please contact TLAC at 540-721-4400.

Take Pride in SML 2019 Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors! 

DIAMOND: American Electric Power

PLATINUM: Western Virginia Water Authority

Berkshire Hathaway Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate

Capps Home Building Center

Carilion Clinic

Glenda McDaniel – Long & Foster Real Estate

Turner’s Dock Building

The Windward Waterfront Lots and Custom Homes

In addition, thank you to the following organizations, businesses and individuals who have committed to donating time, services or materials to Take Pride in SML 2019:

Crazy Horse Marina

Westlake Waterfront Inn at Indian Point Marina

Magnum Point Marina

David Byrd, Clifton F. Byrd & Sons

Pleasure Point Homeowners Association

SML Striper Club

Smith Mountain Lake Rotary Club

Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire/Rescue

American Electric Power

Bartlett Tree Experts at Smith Mountain Lake

Bridgewater Marina and Boat Rentals

Grand Home Furnishings

Mango’s Bar & Grill

The McKelvey Companies

Franklin County Solid Waste Management

Bedford County Solid Waste Management

Virginia Department of Transportation

Bays Trash Removal

Franklin Container Services

For more information, contact TLAC (540-721-4400) or the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce (540-721-1203).

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