About Lake Anna
Lake Anna, at 17 miles in length, 13,000 acres in size, and over 200 miles of shoreline, is Virginia's 2nd largest lake. This top-rated recreational lake is only 90 minutes from DC, and less than an hour from Charlottesville and Richmond, making for the perfect vacation getaway for busy people. Yet, surrounded by lazy country roads, rolling farmlands and hardwood forests, it is worlds away from the hustle and stop-and-go traffic of the city!
The crystal-clear man-made lake offers swimming, sailing, power water sports, world-class fishing, multiple annual triathlons, and daily pristine sunsets. Nearby attractions include vineyards, antique shopping, golf, historic sites, theme parks, hiking and the beautiful Lake Anna state park.
In 1968, Virginia Power purchased 18,000 acres of farmlands in three counties along the North Anna and Pamunkey Rivers. Many of these holdings were, at one time, large working plantations and these historic homes still stand in many of our lake communities adding to its charm. The lake was created to support and act as a cooling water supply for the North Anna Nuclear Power station. By 1972 the lake bottom was cleared of all timber and the dam was nearing completion. It was projected to take 3 years to completely fill the lake when along came hurricane Agnes and did that job in 11 months. The first communites broke ground at about that same time and from that beginning, the lake has grown to over 120 different communities doting the shore....something for everyone.
To get the most out of the lake, you can rent a boat (ski boat, waverunner, bass boat, or pontoon cruiser) from any of several nearby marinas. Or better yet, if you are a boat owner, bring your boat with you! Boats of all sorts and sizes are welcomed on our lake. Sailboat enthusiasts will prefer the more open, wide water appeal of the southern end of the lake. Water sports junkies tend to enjoy the mid-lake area, while the fishing crowd has lots of hot spots in nooks and crannies of the northern "on Golden pond" end.
Anglers will rejoice as over 30 species of fish populate these waters including large mouth bass, striped bass, walleye, catfish, crappie, bluegill and white and yellow perch. Weekly fishing leagues keep our full time and local residents happy while sanctioned tournaments bring fishermen and women from afar. Lake Anna is a fishing hot spot!!
Besides all the water sports, Lake Anna State Park has a beach area with snack bar, docks, an exhibit center showing how the lake was created and miles of hiking and horse trails. You can even tour the old gold mine and pan for gold yourself! The original plantation house still stands in ruins and a hiking trail leads you on a pleasant walk to it. Don't miss a trip here!
Lake Anna is also a great springboard for adding a day-trip to your vacation. It's a quick drive to historic Washington, DC, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, or Williamsburg. Of course, the lake is so enjoyable you may just choose to stay put!
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