Leesville Lake (3,400 ac) is the smaller and lower of a two-lake hydro-electric power generation project. Its sister impoundment, Smith Mountain Lake, is located approximately 17 miles upstream.
Normally, water flows from Smith Mountain lake through generators to Leesville Lake. During periods of low demand, water from Leesville Lake is pumped back to Smith Mountain Lake.
Leesville Lake Fish Species
Leesville Lake fish species include largemouth bass, black crappie, striped bass, walleye, white perch, yellow perch, channel catfish, blue catfish, and white catfish. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries maintains a fish stocking program on the lake.