Learn About Lake Anna
Discover Virginia’s best kept secret and you’ll wish you had found this paradise years ago. Just 75 miles South of Washington DC, yet it’s so very far away from the city and that frantic pace. Arriving at Lake Anna immediately allows you to relax and discover a lifestyle that you thought was a thing of the past. Days are at a casual pace and will find you on the 17,000 acre lake enjoying a variety of water sports. Meals on the grill and eaten outdoors create great family gatherings and evening sunsets beckon you to sit on the dock and savor the last moments of a satisfying day.
This freshwater lake is approximately 18 miles long with about 200 miles of shoreline and resides in Louisa, Spotsylvania and Orange Counties of Virginia. The lake is conveniently accessible from Richmond, Charlottesville and Fredericksburg. It was created in 1972 to cool Dominion Power’s nuclear power plant. Residents find Dominion to be a diligent steward of the lake and a conscientious neighbor to the local communities.
The lake is divided into two portions, separated by three stone dikes which prevent boat travel between the two sides of the lake. The Public/Cold side encompasses about 10,000 surface acres and the Private/Warm side has about 3,000 surface acres. The public side has a number of marinas where visitors can launch their boat for the day for a nominal fee. Lake Anna state park is located on the public side of the lake and offers small cabins for overnight stays, a beautiful sandy beach for swimming and miles of hiking and horse trails. Residents on the public side can access the lake through their community common area.
The private side has no marinas or public access ramps, therefore, only those who own property on that side of the lake may access its waters. This area is also referred to as the warm side of the lake as the water temperature is about 15 degrees warmer than the cold side of the lake, resulting from its function as the cooling lagoon for the power plant. Residents on that side of the lake enjoy less boating traffic due to its smaller size, restriction from public access and exclusion from commercial ventures.
If you love to fish this lake is for you. The Lake offers over 30 species of fish including largemouth bass, striped bass, walleye, catfish, crappie, bluegill and white and yellow perch. Lake Anna hosts a number of local as well as sanctioned fishing tournaments.
This is just a brief introduction regarding Lake Anna and there is so much more I’d like to tell you. Give me a call or send me an e-mail if you would like more information or to meet and look at properties around the lake.
I would be happy to assist you in discovering Lake Anna, you’ll love the lake lifestyle.
Linda Fosdick, Associate Broker, ABR, CRS, GRI, RSPS