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Easily spotted entrance sign greets the Lake Anna visitor
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Easily spotted entrance sign greets the Lake Anna visitor
Description - This central Virginia park offers the visitor a 13,000 acre lake and over 2,000 acres of land on which to play. The sparkling clean lake and beautiful park facilities make this a favorite location for day use visitors.

Attractions - Lake Anna provides only day use facilities. The 13,000-acre lake is a favorite haven for boaters, water-skiers, fishermen and swimmers. A large beach, playground and concession are offered seasonally. An attractively landscaped visitor center offers a close up look at the former local gold mining industry. This park is very handicapped accessible. Ample parking.

Recreation - At present, Lake Anna is a day use park. Coming sometime in 2002, and soon available for reservation, the park will offer a number of fully equipped cabins. Lake Anna has been a recreation haven for years. The large lake accommodates powerboats, pontoon boats, canoes and sailboats. Water-skiing is a popular sport as well as warm water fishing. The lake is regularly stocked with largemouth bass, shad, catfish and yellow perch. Sunfish are plentiful as well. The beach and playground facilities are practically unsurpassed in the state. An attractively landscaped visitor center is steeped with rich history of the gold mining industry that occurred in this area during the early 1800s. This park is very accessible for the handicapped including a fishing pond that also accommodates young children. Fees apply. The very large picnic facilities are a major attraction for family reunions, church gatherings and corporate outings.

Private camping facilities are scattered throughout the area.

Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The central to northern portion of the state has winter temperatures averaging 34 to 36 degrees Fahrenheit (1 to 2 degrees Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The central to northern portion of Virginia generally experiences temperatures ranging from 76 to above 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius). High humidity along with warm temperatures can be uncomfortable.

Location - Lake Anna State Park is adjacent to Route 601 off Route 208, 25 miles southwest of Fredericksburg and 55 miles northwest of Richmond.

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Filed By: T.J. (Richmond, VA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I visit Lake Anna State Park very frequently during the summer and it is a great place to go swimming or have a picnic. The beach is very safe and very child friendly. The swimming area is sandy, gently sloped, and has buoy ropes that mark off different depths. The water temperature is perfect from mid July to mid September and a whole lot warmer than than the ocean. Water quality and clarity are very good. Fishing is great but much easier done from a boat than the shore. There are other state parks in Virginia that have more amenities in the park but this park is all about the lake as it should be.

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This park is all right. It's the least favorite of the state parks I've been to thus far (keep in mind I've been to five of the 30 or so VA parks!). It seems very manufactured, very man made. As of July 2003, still no cabins nor campsites. This park is still worth visiting for a picnic or to wander down a wooded trail or two, but it's not very charming visually.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Support Virginia's Gold Medal Winning State Parks! State Parks and Natural Areas Bond Referendum, Tuesday, November 5th.

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Contact Information:
Lake Anna State Park, 6800 Lawyers Road , Spotsylvania, VA, 22553-9645, Phone: 540-854-5503
, pco@dcr.state.va.us

Additional Information:
Fredericksburg Area - Fredericksburg is rich in both Revolutionary and Civil War History. The battle grounds included Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse.
Green Springs Historic District - This portion of Louisa County in Virginia's piedmont is noted for its concentration of fine rural manor houses and related buildings in an unmarred landscape. NO PUBLIC FACILITIES.
Northern Virginia Travel Region - In the shadow our nation's capitol, Virginia is home to many American bald eagles and other abundant wildlife. This rapidly expanding area still offers an oasis for the refreshment of the mind, body and spirit.
Richmond Area - Richmond lies on the western outskirts of the Virginia tidewater region. It serves as the state and industrial capital of Virginia. Back in May 21, 1986, Richmond was made the Capitol of the Confederacy. Today, prominent status of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and other Civil War heroes stand at the entrance of the state capitol grounds.
Virginia Lakes - Virginia's lakes and reservoirs are scattered throughout the state. The lakes and reservoirs in Virginia range from huge reservoirs to small lakes
Virginia State Parks - Virginia State Parks are special places where visitors find a tonic for mind, body and spirit. Thirty-four parks help visitors learn about the natural and cultural history of the Commonwealth.

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