Know Before You Go: Lake Anna
That beautiful lakeside getaway you’ve been dreaming of is closer than you think. Lake Anna is located 72 miles (116 km) south of Washington, D.C. in Louisa and Spotsylvania counties, and is one of the largest freshwater inland reservoirs in Virginia. Clocking in at a whopping 13,000 acres, this beloved lake offers a serene getaway or vacation full of water play!
Check out what you can do and see at Lake Anna.
Lake Anna hosts 5 marinas where you can rent boats or dock your own. We all know fishing and boating go hand in hand. If you are looking to spend they day on the water with a rod a reel, please be sure you have the proper fishing license. Lake Anna is stocked with Largemouth bass, striped bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, walleye, white perch, and yellow perch. The fish at Lake Anna are diverse and offer something for every angler’s taste. In fact, Lake Anna consistently ranks in the top three statewide for numbers of citation largemouth bass.
If you’re looking for a great restaurant dock your boat and enjoy brunch or dinner with friends, you have to try Anna Cabana or The Cove at Lake Anna . Of course you can get to either by land as well.
The Pavilion at Anna Point Marina hosts the sunset concert series right on the lake. It’s a perfect way to unwind and fully submerge into summer! In addition to live music, Lake Anna Sunset Concerts at The Pavilion at Anna Point Marina offers adult beverages, soda, water and food concession for locals and visitors, plus spectacular lakeside sunsets! The concert is free. Remember to bring a lawn chair.
Do you SUP ( stand up paddleboard) or have you always wanted to try? There’s no better place to start than Lake Anna! Check out Lake Anna Outfitters. You can rent a paddleboard or a kayak if you prefer, and get to playing in the water.
Let’s talk staying at Lake Anna.
Dockside Realty will rent you a house for a weekend or a week or a month right on the water. This is a great option for those looking for a solo getaway, or those planning a big family reunion. If camping is more your style, you can rent a tent site, cabin, lodge, or bunkhouse at Lake Anna State Park. We recommend trying a yurt for a unique experience!
“Recreational yurts are a modern adaptation of an ancient nomadic shelter. Functionally speaking, it’s a cross between a tent and a cabin. Lake Anna has four yurts in the back section of the campground and tucked neatly into a wooded area for privacy and extra shade. Each yurt has a large wooden deck and includes a ground-level picnic pad with a picnic table, fire-ring and separate cooking grill. Reservations are required. Parking for two cars per yurt is at the beginning of the “yurt village,” and carts are available for moving items from there to the yurts on a gravel trail. “ – VA Dept. Of Conservation and Recreation
Lake Anna State Park boasts miles of trails, visitor and nature center, a maintained beach area with snack bar, docks, an exhibit center, horse trails and tours including visits to the remains of Goodwin gold mine and gold panning, as well as educational programs including mining for gold.
Lake Anna Winery – You can’t leave Lake Anna without having a proper wine tasting at Lake Anna Winery! We fully recommend requesting a tour when you arrive. Per the winery, “Tours of the winery are given upon request, provided enough staff to handle the volume of visitors. It’s a great way to get an up-close, behind-the-scenes lesson in the art of making fine wines.”
They also host several great events year-round. Here’s what they have lined up this summer:
- Here Comes Summer in the Vineyard, June 13th, (6:00 – 10:00) Welcome the summer out on our lawn and dance into the night. A $10 fee includes music with Richmond sensations “Spectrum”. This will be a PARTY to TOP all PARTIES! Souvenir wine glass included. All of your music favorites. Food available for sale by local Beverly The RIBINATOR. This event was BIG last year so come early ad don’t miss the fun.
- Country Americana Festival, July 3nd (4:00 till Fireworks) Mixing it up this year with a SPECIAL TUESDAY edition of celebration and fun. Two different bands perform on stage throughout the day with great holiday food from “Gregory’s Grill” and some craft vendors as well. Fireworks later on when it gets dark. Watermelon eating contest for kids, maybe a pie-eating contest or bake-off! $5.00/adult for all that
- Cajun Zydeco July 18th (6:00 to 10:00) It’s fat Tuesday here in July with live Zydeco music from “Zack Smith & The Dixie Power Trio” always a crowd favorite. Cajun Fare from Gregory’s Grill (shrimp and chicken gumbo, red beans and rice, Cajun chicken, fried oysters in a special hot sauce and blackened fish tacos. Consistently our most popular event. The $10 fee includes souvenir wine glass, beads, and dancing. No charge for the Conga Line dance inside and outside of the winery.
- Caribbean Beach Party Aug 1st (5:00 to 10:00) Held on the grounds of Lake Anna Winery. Join us along with Heart of Virginia Award-winning wineries Cooper, Grayhaven, James River, Mattaponi, and Weston Farms wineries for an evening of great wine, exceptional food and Caribbean Music. Wear your favorite Island Shirt and dance out on the patio under the stars. Taste wines from all SIX wineries and kick back with a glass of your favorite. Please check this website www.hovawinetrail.com for details and ticket info. Music Mastery to jam to and food will be available Gregory’s Grill and Borinquen Lunchbox. Both food trucks are outstanding
- End of Summer Jam Sept 5th (6:00 – 10:00) Still trying to hold on to those hot summer nights and special lake memories? Come on over to the winery on this Saturday nite and listen to great tunes. Food from “Fire Escape Food Truck” will again satisfy your hunger needs. What a way to end the summer. The $10 fee includes a souvenir glass and all of the memories you can take home with you.