About Lake Anna, Virginia

Lake Anna was “born” in 1972 with the purchase of 18,643 acres of rural land by Virginia Power.

The vast, tree-lined lake with more than 200 miles of shoreline, draws thousands of visitors a year for recreation and relaxation.


Created in 1972 to provide cooling for North Anna Power Station https://www.dominionenergy.com/about-us/making-energy/nuclear/north-anna-power-station, Lake Anna is the second largest lake located entirely in the state of Virginia.  Stretching for 17 miles in length and with a shoreline of over 200 miles, Lake Anna has become a recreational focal point.

Lake Anna, in reality, is two lakes in one.  The “main lake” or “public” side, is composed of 9,600 acres and the “private” side is 3,400 acres.  The two sides are separated by three rock dikes.  The water intake of the water plant is located on the “main lake” side and the warm water discharge empties into a series of three cooling ponds that make up the “private” or “warm” side.  After the water cools, it returns to the main lake at dike three.  The “private” side, is private in the sense that there are no public boat launch facilities.  Many beautiful homes adorn the serene wooded landscape of both sides.

Lake Anna’s reputation as a recreation getaway grew rapidly during the late 1980’s as many metropolitan area residents discovered the lake’s close proximity to the urban homes.

The lake contains over 30 species of fish, including largemouth bass, striped bass, walleye, catfish, white and yellow perch, crappie, bluegill and thread-fin shad. Fishermen generally prefer the spring and fall months, but also take advantage of the excellent winter fishing Lake Anna provides.

Lake Anna is equally as popular with pleasure boaters and water skiers.  Boating use typically peaks in July, however, many veteran boaters and lake cruises as spectacular fall colors are unveiled.

Located 72 miles south of Washington, D.C. In Louisa, Orange and Spotsylvania counties and close to Charlottsville and Fredericksburg, Lake Anna is easily reachable from anywhere in Virginia offering  a vast array of recreational opportunities in a splendid country setting. 

Welcome to Lake Anna!!

VDGIF – Department of Game and Inland Fisheries – Information on fishing licenses, boater safety courses, etc.