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
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).