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Leesville Lake is centrally located in the mid-atlantic region on the east coast.

Leesville Lake is located in South/Central Virginia, about 25 minutes south of Lynchburg, Va.  The closest town to Leesville Lake is Altavista, Va which is conveniently located right off of Virginia Routh 29.

LEESVILLE LAKE or LVL, was created as a part of the Smith Mountain hydro-electric storage project back in the 1960's.  Leesville Lake is 17 miles long, with 110 miles of shoreline.  It has been pegged by the Department of Environmental Quality as one of Virginia's cleanest lakes.



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Leesville Reservoir can be a pleasant change from most busy reservoirs especially if you are looking for little competition with other anglers and boaters.

LVL Resevoir is Perfect for smaller watercrafts under 25 feet...and, below the LVL DAM is a great spot for floats in canoes and kayaks down the winding Roanoke River towards the towns of Altavista and Brookneal - great fishing too! The State Record inland Striped Bass (53 pounds) came out of LEESVILLE LAKE!  

The LVL area lies in a broad valley nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of rural southwestern Virginia of the Appalachian chain. Before the lake's creation, farming and logging were the primary industries.

The dam produces hydro-electric power mostly during hours of peak demand on the American Electric Power system. Water passes from Smith Mountain lake through generators to Leesville Lake, producing power. In times of low demand, the generators are used as pumps to reverse the flow and return the water to Smith Mountain Lake.

Since the 1960s, the area around Leesville Lake has remained relatively rural and remote with mostly corn, tobacco, small family farms and other agriculture. The limited early residential developments around the lake consisted largely of family farms. Since about 2004, however, residential growth has begun to expand rather quickly and lakefront homes and communities now dot the shoreline. Nevertheless, Leesville Lake continues to be a destination for families, fishing and general recreation as boat traffic on the lake remains low as opposed to nearby Smith Mountain Lake, Kerr Lake and Lake Gaston. For this reason, stewardship of the lake has been of the utmost importance to neighbors and friends of the lake striving to maintain the high level of water quality to which they are accustomed.


American Electric Power: www.SmithMtn.com , www.LeesvilleLake.org
3 counties: Bedford, Pittsylvania, Campbell
VA Dept. Game Inland Fisheries: www.dgif.virginia.gov