This is a beautifully detailed, laser engraved and precision cut topographical Map of Leesville Lake, Virginia with the following interesting stats carved into it:
3,410 Surface Acres
110 Miles of Shoreline
Max. Depth: 41 Feet
17 Miles Long
The smaller and lower of the two lakes, Leesville Lake, covers 3,270 acres and contains 94,900 acre feet of water at full pond. The lake is 17 miles in length with around 110 miles of shoreline. It is located southeast of Roanoke, Virginia, and southwest of Lynchburg, Virginia.
Initial proposals were made in the late 1920s to dam the Roanoke River and the Blackwater River at the Smith Mountain gorge to generate electricity. Construction of the Smith Mountain Dam began in 1960 and was completed in 1963.
The 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.
This takes advantage of the more or less constant output of Steam generation plants in off-peak periods. In its partnership role with Smith Mountain Lake generating power, Leesville Lake has a maximum refill rate of 1.33 feet per hour and a maximum drawdown rate of 0.46 feet per hour. Normal fluctuation consists of two to three feet on average with an absolute maximum of 10 feet allowing Leesville Lake to avoid the drastic drawdowns of other area lakes.
Leesville Lake is becoming a popular recreational area. Fishing is very popular, especially for striped bass. The state record striped bass was caught out of Leesville Lake in 2000. Boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, and riding personal watercraft are also common activities. (Not all of this information made it onto the map, we just love to read up on the lakes we design)
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