Don’t call it a comeback, Smith Lake’s cableway system has been here for years and on May 28 after an 11-year hiatus, it has reopened its doors to all watersport enthusiasts.

Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Directorate wants to let visitors know that the cableway system is back and fully operational. The reopening was a good way to let visitors try out the canoes and paddleboats  available, said Sabina Bryant, chief of outdoor recreations for FMWR.

“The entire Memorial Day weekend saw over 1,000 patron show up in attendance at the Smith Lake beach area,” said Bryant.

“It’s really fun,” said Kristen Neff, a Family member. “I just keep falling flat on my face. I think it’s a good idea because there is not too many places you can come out that are not too expensive and have a good time like this.”

“I’m just glad to see the cableway is back in town,” said Michael Cross, wake board enthusiast. “We have missed it. It was heartbreaking when it left and now we are really glad to have it back. It is a lot better than it was before.”

FMWR not only brought back the cableway systems to Smith Lake, they’ve improve upon it.

The cable length stretches more than 500 meters around Smith Lake. Also, this new system has a top speed of 45 miles-per-hour and those who fall before coming back to the dock no longer have to wait for the boat of shame to come and pick them up. They can now swim to the surrounding, newly built docks that have steps and walk back.

“The best thing about cableway system is it gives those who want to do this the ability to come out have a good time without having a boat to do so,” said Sgt. 1st Class Leon Smith of Headquarters and Headquarters Company U.S. Army Special Operations Command.