Lake Anna is unlike any other destination in the mid Atlantic eastern seaboard region. As you sit by the water in the afternoon sun, it doesn’t seem you could be only an hour or two away from major metropolitan areas, from the Shenandoah Mountains, from world-class universities and from both the capital of our nation and the place of its birth --- but you are.
Lake Anna was originally created by Dominion to provide cooling water for the North Anna Power Station. In 1968, clearing of the land started for the lake and in 1972 Lake Anna as we now know it was formed.
Lake Anna is 17.5 miles long and 1.5 miles wide and has over 200 miles of shoreline. The lake is divided into two different sections, the Private side and Public side. The lake has over 9,600 acres of water on the Public side and 3,400 on the Private side.
The Private side is where the Waste Heat Treatment Facility for the power plant is located and is commonly known as the “warm” side. There is no public access to the Private side leading to the Private name. The Public side is larger and has several marinas and boat launches open to the public.
In 1972, the Commonwealth stocked the lake with over 5.5 million fish and continues to stock the lake periodically. There are over 33 different species of fish that thrive in Lake Anna including Large Mouth Bass, Striped Bass and catfish.