A wake park has opened near Smith Mountain Lake, bringing a new way to have fun on the water in Virginia.
Black Water Junction Wake Park opened this Memorial Day Weekend in Franklin County. It provides a course on a pond where people of all skill levels can wakeboard and wakeskate.
“There’s parks all over the world like this,” said Trey Seneff, the owner. “And I just really wanted to bring something to Smith Mountain that [I could] get all the young people into.”
It took about two years to get the park built and running, Seneff said. Instead of being behind a boat, wakeboarders and wakeskaters are pulled by a cable along the 800-foot run.
“You don’t have to worry about having a boat full of people watching you, and everybody can just hang out in a good atmosphere and wakeboard and have fun,” he said.
“With wakeskating and wakeboarding, it’s kind of more privy down to Florida, Georgia stuff like that,” said Joshua Hernandez, cable park operator. “But bringing it up to Virginia – the lakes here are so beautiful. So we’re actually finding a pretty good crowd.”
People can take lessons on a shorter run without jumps, Hernandez said. So far, workers said they have taught people between the ages of 7 and 66.
“You’re going to have fun,” Hernandez said. “It is going to take some patience. It is a progressive sport, so you might not get it right away. But you do get a little better every time.”
Helmets and life jackets are required and are available to rent on site, along with wakeboards, Seneff said.
Hour passes are available for $20, and all-day passes cost $45, Seneff said. Lessons are $60 for one hour, he added.
The wake park is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except Wednesdays, Seneff said.