Lake Anna, VA
The Perfect Lakeside Vacation
For those of you who may be asking "where is Lake Anna"; It is 102 miles southwest of Washington D.C. via I-66, Route 29 and Route 522. It is
68 miles northwest of Richmond, VA via I-64 and Route 522 and 55 miles northwest of Charlottesville, VA via Route 208 and I-64. This places Lake
Anna at the approximate center between Richmond and Charlottesville.
to view a Google map.
Why visit? Camping, fishing, watersports, and the area is surrounded by historical sites & cities - see our list of things to do and see near Lake Anna below.
When was Lake Anna Built; Lake Anna was constructed by Dominion Power by building a dam on the North Anna River in 1968. They cleared all of the trees and buildings from the area that the lake would occupy, and by 1972 the dam was completed and all of the clearing activities were finished. Although it had been projected to take 3 years to completely fill the lake, the arrival of Hurricane Agnes and increased rainfall allowed the lake filling to finish in 18 months.
The lake is separated into two components; the public side (also known as the "cold" side) and the private side, working as a cooling pond (also known as the "hot" side). The public side is roughly 9,000 acres (36 km2), while the private side is roughly 4,000 acres (16 km2). The two areas are separated by earthwork dams, so it is not possible to traverse via boat from one side to the other.
- How big is Lake Anna; Lake Anna is one of the largest freshwater inland reservoirs in Virginia, covering an area of 13,000 acres & it is Virginia's third largest lake
- Area: 20.31 square miles
- Max depth: 80 feet
- Length: 16.78 miles
- Surface elevation: 257 feet
- Location: Louisa / Spotsylvania / Orange counties, Virginia, US
- Fish: Striped bass, Largemouth bass, Walleye, Bluegill, Yellow perch, White perch
- Other large Virginia lakes include; Smith Mountain Lake (32 mi²), Kerr Lake (77.22 mi²), and Claytor Lake (7.031 mi²)
The launch ramp list below is for the "public side" of the lake, because the "warm side" (ie; not public) consists only of private houses and communities and since most communities are gated, those launch ramps remain private.
A few of the more popular launch ramps on the public side are below - note that there are others, but these are some of the ramps that we have used in the past. Note that each item in this list is linked to that location in case you want to visit that facility;
The following are the Lake Anna Marinas, Boat Rental Companies and Launch Ramps that we have familiarity with, there are several others, but we have not used them. Click here to view a Google Search results page for all Lake Anna Marinas.
You will be able to see every possible type of water recreation at Lake Anna, ie; water skiing, water ski slalom courses, wake boarding, knee boarding, wake skates, air chairs, tubing, etc. You name it and it can be found somewhere on the lake.
Since the lake is nearly 17 miles long, with numerous coves and inlets, it is almost always possible to find a location where you can endulge your water recreation passion. In addition, it is frequently the case where the early mornings will provide calm water where the water skiing & wakeboarding are excellent. The later in the mornings boaters tend to be tubers and they churn up the water such that wakeboarding and skiing become more problematic.
Tim's at Lake Anna Restaurant & Crabhouse
Located at 200 G Boardwalk Way, Mineral, Virginia, 23117 right on Route 522. This has been a consistently good restaurant since it opened. Click here to visit their web site. Tim's is located just two miles north of the Christopher Run Campground also on Route 522.
The Cove at Lake Anna
Located at 6320 Belmont Rd, Mineral, VA 23117 (route 719)
adjacent to Dillard's Bridge. Besides the good restaurant, there is a small country store, boat ramps,
gasoline pumps, boat rental, etc. At the intersection of route 522 and 719 (1/2 mile south of Christopher Run
Campground) turn left (east) onto route 719. Days Bridge road turns into Belmont Road. Distance from Christopher
Run is approximately 3.7 miles. Click here to visit their web site.
NOTE: Image is property of The Cove at Lake Anna
Coyote Hole Ciderworks
Located on the north side of route 208 at 225 Oak Grove Dr, Mineral, VA 23117, just north of the Food Lion Shopping Center. They offer hand-crafted hard cider comprised of 100% Virginia fruit. Click here to visit their website.
Roma Italian Restaurant & Pizza
Also known as "Vinnie's Pizza". Located on route 33 at 406 E Main St, Louisa, VA 23093. We've had a number of really good pizzas here, as well as traditional Italian entrees.
Click here to visit their
TIP: Save room for a cannoli!
Floozie's Pie Shop Cafe
Located on the main street of Louisa (route 33) at 109B West Main Street, Louisa, VA 23093.
Everything we've had here has been top notch, including awesome breakfasts and amazing pies!
Click here to visit their website.
MooThru Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt
They have two locations; 11402 James Madison Hwy, Remington, VA on the western side of route 29 and the second at 200 Boardwalk Way, Mineral, Virginia 23117 below Tim's Restaurant.When we lived in Northern Virginia, we would drive by here on the way to Lake Anna. After our first visit here we found out what was causing all of the crowds - the ice cream is fantastic! Click here to visit their website.
Tavern on the Rail
Located at 81 Tavern Rd, Mineral, VA 23117. Yes they are located adjacent to an
active railroad track, and you will hear the occasional train roll by.
Click here to visit their website.
Located at 109 W Main St, Louisa, VA 23093 immediately next door to Floozies. Menu here
includes some European dishes, seafood, etc.
Click here to visit their web site.
Callie Opie's Orchard Restaurant
Located at 4533 Zachary Taylor Highway, Mineral, VA 23117, just south
of the route 208 intersection on the west side of route 522. Food here is excellent,
click here to visit their website.
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Joe-Joe's Super Heroes & Pizza
117 Mineral Ave Mineral, VA 23117.
Adjacent to "Sabor a Mexico" restaurant at the intersection of Route 208 & Route 618, these guys
have a menu full of good sandwiches and other items. They also offer ice cream
Click here to visit their Yelp.Com listing.
TIP: Try their cheese steak !
Lake Anna Tap House
208 Lake Front Drive, Mineral, VA 23117.
If you are a craft beer enthusiast, then this is the place for you! Large comfortable beer garden style area behind the building where you can find corn hole and other games.
Click here to go to their website.
Cooling Pond Brewery
4411 Zachary Taylor Hwy Mineral, VA 23117.
English-inspired beers are at the heart of what they do, but they also offer rotating selections to satisfy any palate. Flights are available for those who want to try a variety, as well as pints, and even growlers to-go. Their tasting room features a large stone fireplace with plenty of seating, and right outside their doors is an expansive patio where one can enjoy the hilltop breezes and the view.
IMAGE CREDITS: The above images and text are the property of the Cooling Pond Brewery.
121 W Main St, Louisa, VA 23093.
This is a recent addition to the restaurants in Louisa, and we have visited here several times. The menu is a combination of Jamaican & American items (everything we've had was authentic & home cooked). They do have a few kids options too. If you are visiting the lake and looking for good food and something different - support local and check them out. The service is friendly and prompt and it is definitely worth a visit.
TIP: Be sure to go there hungry, as the portion sizes are generous
Click here to view their Facebook page.
Tres Potrillos Restaurant
406 E Main St, Louisa, VA 23093.
This is a good Mexican restaurant, and as someone who grew up in the American Southwest, and lived in Southern California for more than 10 years, I can definitely say that these guys are serving good food!
Click here to view their website.
Sabor a Mexico Restaurant
131 Mineral Avenue, Mineral, VA.
Given that this restaurant is at the intersection of Route 208 (AKA the road to Louisa) and Route 618 (AKA the road to our cabin), we pass by here frequently, and have eaten here multiple times including during the previous owners time frame. The food here is good, the prices are reasonable and there is good parking available.
Click here to view their website.
The following are not the only stores, restaurants or boat facilities - they are just places that we have utilized over the years and are reliable. Would we recommend them to you? Yes !
Highpoint Marina & Lighthouse Inn
Located at 4634 Courthouse Rd. Mineral, VA 23117 on Route 208. Gasoline pumps, launch facilities, small grocery store, boat storage facility and an inn. Click here to visit their web site. Highpoint is located on the eastern side of Lake Anna, immediately after you have crossed the Route 208 bridge.
Elk Creek Country Store
Located at the intersection of Kentucky Springs Road (route 652) and Elk Creek Road (route 614). This is our "go to gas station" as it is less than 1.5 miles from our property and there is a small grocery store and deli there.
Food Lion Shopping Center
Located on Route 208 at the intersection of 208 and route 652. In addition to
the grocery store, there are several restaurants including a Subway. The parking lot is large and there is sufficient
room to park your boat trailer & tow vehicle.
NOTE: There is another Food Lion in Louisa, but we frequent the one on Route 208 as it is closer to our cabin. There is a small market in Mineral (Miller's Market) which carries most staples, soft drinks, beer, etc.
Located at the intersection of Route 522 and Route 208 at 5072 Zachary Taylor Hwy, Mineral, VA 23117. Located very near to the Christoper Run Campground, Dickinson's offers Shell gasoline, a large set of storage units, a deli and a small grocery facility. Click here to visit their Facebook Page.
Christopher Run Campground
located on Route 522 at 6478 Zachary Taylor Hwy, Mineral, VA 23117. The campground offers tenting & small trailer camping sites, bathroom facilities, boat docks, launch ramps, a small country store and boat equipment. The campground is less than two miles north of Dickinson's Store, click here to visit their website.
Sturgeon Creek Marina
Located on Route 208 at 5107 Courthouse Rd, Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA 22551. This Marina is full-service, with boat rentals, small grocery/deli, boating & fishing supplies, launch ramps, etc. This is located on the "Public side" of the lake (aka "cold side") so it can get very busy in the summer! The launch ramps are quite steep, so be prepared to utilize 4wd to launch or recover your boat.
Lake Anna State Park
Located at 6800 Lawyers Rd., Spotsylvania, VA 22551 on the eastern side of Lake Anna north of route 208. Nice beach, good parking and some nice hiking trails. Turn north on Lawyers Road just after the Lake Anna Winery as you are headed east on route 208 and follow the signs. Click here to visit their website.
Lake Anna Real Estate Group
If you're looking for lake property, this is a great place to stop in and see what the real estate landscape is in this tri-county area of Virginia. Robin and her team will offer you cookies, coffee and a laminated map of the lake! You can checkout their website at lakeannaliving.com
There is something for everyone at Lake Anna - there are boat dealers, boat rental shops, land for sale, homes for sale (on both sides of the lake), farms for sale, etc. Not looking to buy? There are a number of rental shops for all the above as well. A Google search can provide you with just about anything you would want to find, have fun!
Keep in mind that Lake Anna is in a rural location, and the nearest Medical Services are a few miles away - point being that you are going to have to drive to get medical attention. The following list is accurate as of April 2022;
- UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville
- Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Hospital in the Short Pump area (Richmond northwest suburbs)
- Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville
- Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg
- Lake Anna Local Emergency Services
- Pharmacies in the Lake Anna area
- Chiropractors in the Lake Anna area
- Dentists in the Lake Anna area
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