Lake Anna is the second largest lake in the state of Virginia, measuring 17 miles long with 200 miles of shoreline. The majority of Lake Anna is in Louisa & Spotsylvania counties with the northern most section being in Orange County.
Lake Anna is great for fishing, lake boating, and much more. Lake Anna State Park has something for everyone - offering sandy beaches, swimming areas, walking & hiking trails, and much more!
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Public Side vs Private Side
Lake Anna's Public side is much larger, encompassing approximately 9,000 surface acres, wherein the private side makes up approximately 4,000 surface acres. The public side touches all three surrounding counties (Spotsylvania, Louisa & Orange), while the Private Side is entirely in Louisa County.
The main differences? On the public side you'll find waterfront marinas, restaurants, gas pumps, public launches, and other businesses, all accessible by boat. The private side does not allow commercial operation on its shoreline and you must be a property owner to access the water on the private side, as there are no public launch sites, NO MARINAS, NO RESTAURANTS, etc.
NOTE: the two sides are separated by three dykes, so you cannot cross to the other side by boat.
Quick Facts about Lake Anna:
Length: 17 miles
Acreage: 13,000+ acres
Distance from Washington, DC: 80 miles
Distance from Richmond, VA: 50 miles
Distance from Charlottesville, VA: 40 miles
Distance from Fredericksburg, VA: 20 miles
Local Emergency Resources
Lake Anna Rescue
Mineral Volunteer Fire Department
Bumpass Volunteer Fire Department
Louisa County Volunteer Rescue
Mineral Volunteer Rescue Squad
Lake Anna Volunteer Rescue Squad
Fishing at Lake Anna
Initial stockings began in 1972, with introductions of Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, and Channel Catfish. Blueback Herring and Threadfin Shad were successfully introduced in the 1980’s to provide additional forage for pelagic (open-water) predators. Annual stockings of Striped Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass continue in order to maintain these fisheries (other species are self-sustaining).
Prior to 1985, Largemouth Bass were managed with a 12-inch size limit (five per day). That minimum was changed to a 12 to 15 inch protected slot in 1985 in an effort to help restructure the population. In recent years, as the popularity of catch-and-release bass fishing became prevalent, creel data indicated over 99% of bass caught at Anna were released. Thus, the need for any type of restrictive harvest restriction is moot, and the slot was dropped on July 1, 2006. Striped Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass are currently managed under a 20-inch minimum size limit and a creel limit of four per day (aggregate).
(source:Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources)