Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission

Wake Education Task Force

The Wake Education Task Force is a cross-section of citizens from Smith Mountain and Leesville lakes, appointed by the TLAC Board of Directors, to research and develop an educational program to inform boaters of the importance of proper and safe boating behaviors and etiquette associated with wakes to minimize unintended hazardous consequences.

The Wake Education Task Force is seeking 2 new members. If you are interested, please fill out this form: Application Form

Task Force Members

Leesville Lake
Bill Beckett

Smith Mountain Lake
Josh McClure, President
Joy Manning, Secretary

Jerry Hale
Ken Hayes, III
Michael McCord
Troy Rech
Rusty Richardson
Randy Stow
Ben Vidovich

Ad Hoc Members
Rachel McClure
Kristina Sage, TLAC
Lorie Smith, TLAC

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11/10/2023: Safety Milestone

08/18/2023: New Recreation Safety Campaign Launches at SML

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Art Contest

“Wake Smarter” Coloring Book

We are looking for local artists of all ages!


To promote smarter watersports activities on Smith Mountain Lake (SML), The Wake Education Task Force (WETF), SMLA, and TLAC are creating a Coloring Book featuring drawings by lake enthusiasts! We need your drawings of your favorite lake activities. Submit your coloring book style drawing for a chance to be featured in the official “Wake Smarter” coloring book that will be distributed locally around the lake.

You are invited to participate by submitting an original black and white image/outline of your favorite watersports activities being performed safely. Your artwork can be submitted below as an image that will fit on an 8.5”X11”. The deadline to submit artwork is April 1st, 2024. Please complete the form below including your first and last name, age, and hometown with your entry.

Multiple winners will be chosen to be included in the SML Wake Education Task Force’s 2024 “Wake Smarter” coloring book that will be distributed in the SML community during the summer. You may win a gift certificate from a local business or a free water safety/watersport lesson. The Grand Prize Winner’s artwork will be the cover of the 2024 coloring book.

Participation in this contest is completely voluntary. Children under the age of 13 are protected by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, a federal law which ensures the privacy of their personal information online. By checking the box below, you are acknowledging that you are over the age of 18 and/or are a parent/guardian allowing participation in this contest for a minor under the age of 18. In addition, the information provided is acceptable to publish in the Wake Education Task Force Coloring Book to be distributed in the SML community and in the announcement of the coloring book winners on the Wake Education Task Force web site to include winner’s name and age.

All drawings must be submitted by 4/1/2024.

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