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Lake Anna

Among one of the area’s many greatest assets is beautiful Lake Anna, a man-made body of water that spans a three-county region in Central Virginia. Of this area, around half of the lake’s watershed is discovered in the northern part of Louisa County.

In the late 1960s, the Lake Anna reservoir was carved out of the land by Virginia Electric & Power Company (VEPCO), now Dominion Power, to cool the nuclear reactors at North Anna Power Station. This station generates enough electricity to power 450,000 homes through two nuclear reactor units.

The lake, which was established by damming the North Anna River in 1971, is comprised of both a cold and warm section, and is extremely popular in both the summer and winter months. Shortly after the lake was completed, work began on what would become the 2,000-acre Lake Anna State Park, which opened by 1983.

Recognized as the state’s second-largest freshwater inland lake, Lake Anna covers around 13,000 acres of water surface and 250 miles of shoreline. Even though one of the main purposes of Lake Anna is to serve the nuclear power plant, the water is completely safe, as it never comes into contact with the reactor.

A multitude of water-oriented activities are enjoyed on Lake Anna, which is spotted with marinas and rental shops. Sailing is popular at the south end of the lake, while a variety of water sports are enjoyed towards the middle. Lake Anna’s small nooks on the northern end regularly attract anglers. In fact, the lake is recognized as a regional destination for fishing, hosting more than 30 species of fish, along with weekly fishing leagues and tournaments. In addition, well maintained campgrounds, sites for picnicking and miles of wooded hiking trails border the shoreline.

Those with an interest in learning how the nuclear power station operates in conjunction with the lake are invited to visit the North Anna Nuclear Information Center. The center houses an array of displays and interactive exhibits, which offers guests a chance to generate their own electricity utilizing muscle power, learn more about nuclear energy and take a peek at models of a nuclear reactor and the containment structure.

The North Anna Nuclear Information Center is located near the entrance of the power station on Haley Road, near the shores of Lake Anna, and welcomes both individuals and groups to take advantage of guided and customized presentations.

This wonderful year-round attraction draws in thousands of visitors every year who enjoy spending some quality time outdoors. Lake Anna is not only a great place to vacation; it’s also welcoming more and more full-time residents, thanks to the continuing development of residential and commercial areas. Waterfront estates dot the shoreline of Lake Anna, while other beautiful homes offer lake access without the higher cost of living on the water. Lake Anna also offers farmland in the outlying area and property available for mixed-use commercial development—notably the new, 15,000-square-foot Lake Anna Island Shops, a retail, dining, office and residential development located on the lakeshore.

So, hop in the warm lake water, drop a line, relax at the campground or take a trip to the North Anna Nuclear Information Center—there are plenty of activities to enjoy while spending a day, or longer, at sparkling Lake Anna.

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