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Smith Mountain Lake consists of two primary river channels (Roanoke and Blackwater), several major creeks (Craddock and Witcher near the dam, Walton Creek near R22, Gills Creek midway up the Blackwater, Bull Run and Little Bull Run on the Penhook side, and Beaverdam Creek well up the Roanoke). Numbered and lighted channel markers are mounted on pilings for each of these waterways. The navigational marker numbers decrease as you head toward the dam. For example, R1 is is on the Roanoke River channel and is extremely close to the dam. R28 is up the Roanoke River channel near Hale's Ford Bridge. Several waterways do not contain navigational markers at all, such as Betty's Creek and Becky's Creek. It is important to become familiar with these markers as well as other types of navigational markers along Smith Mountain Lake. With over 20,000 acres of water and over 500 miles of shoreline, it is not difficult for newcomers to get lost, particularly at night.
One handy saying to remember is "red on the right when returning from the dam". In other words, when heading away from the dam, toward home at night, keep the red flashing channel markers on your right and the green ones on your left. In this way you will know you are heading up stream on one of the river channels (away from the dam).
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