Lake Anna is the 2nd largest freshwater lake in the Commonwealth of Virginia, stretching over 17 miles in length and the two lakes cover nearly 13,000 acres. Constructed in 1968 by Virginia Electric and Power Company to provide fresh water for cooling the nuclear power plants, Lake Anna boarders Spotsylvania, Louisa and Orange Counties, and is now surrounded by over 120 different communities. There is a “public” side, known as the cold side which is roughly 9,000 acres, and the warm side or the “private” side is generally about 14 degrees warmer and is over 4,000 acres.
The popularity of Lake Anna has grown recently to more full-time residents, and the area has attracted more commercial development as well to serve the residents of the many lake communities. In addition to the many water activities available to the public, the area is the home to vineyards, golf, historic sites, antique boutiques and hiking trails. Public rentals of watercraft and public marinas attract fishermen and sports enthusiasts alike.
Lake Anna State Park has beach areas, docks, horse trails as well as overnight lodging. There are a wide variety of properties for sale from multi-million dollar waterfront homes to manufactured homes on multi-acre lots in the low $100,000 range.
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