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.

Smith Mountain Lake Dam

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

We are listening, and these are the community concerns we hear most often: 

    • Power turns
    • Boaters not aware of fallen riders
    • Lack of courtesy to others enjoying the lake
    • Large wakes prohibitive to swimming near dock
    • Excessively loud music
    • Repetitive passes
    • Boats are too close to the shore

Check out Recommended Safe Towed Watersports Operating Areas in more detail.

Learn more about water sports safety. View Water Sports Industry Association and Smith Mountain Lake Water Safety Council videos!


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