Lake Anna State Park

Lake Anna State Park

Lake Anna State Park has rental cabins, camping, more than 15 miles of hiking trails, lakeshore picnicking, a guarded swimming beach, a children’s play area, a boat ramp, a food concession stand, a bathhouse and a children’s and universally accessible fishing pond.

Note: Day-use parking areas near the beach and picnic areas fill up rapidly when the summer weather is nice on weekends and holidays. When this happens, park staff close the park road to additional traffic until enough parking spots have been vacated. Park closure may remain in effect until 4 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Anglers may access the park's boat ramp an hour before sunrise for early morning fishing. Lights have been added to help with early and late boat ramp activity. An automatic gate allows campers to exit the boat ramp area and return to the campground after hours.

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Hours

Open daily year round Dawn to Dusk.

Swimming Hours are:

All weekends and holidays: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Weekdays May 31 - June 17: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Weekdays June 20 - Aug. 19: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Weekdays Aug. 22 - Sept. 5: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The snack bar is open daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., except on weekdays from May 31 to June 17 and Aug. 22 to Sept. 5, when it's open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m

Visitors Center Hours:

Wednesday-Sunday after Memorial day 11:00am-5:00pm

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

Parking fees are $5 ($7 out of state) Sunday through Saturday and $7 on prime season weekends and holidays ($9 out of state). It is $15 for bus parking. Horse trailors are an additional $4 charge. 

A per person fee for beach swimming is charged from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

There is an additional $4 fee for use of the boat launch. 

Activities

Activities include:

  • biking 
  • hiking 
  • boating 
  • canoeing 
  • kayaking 
  • fishing 
  • swimming 
  • picnicking
  • camping

The park also hosts a managed deer hunt. Please contact the park for more information.

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Facilities

A boat launch, bathhouse with coin operated laundry, picnic facilities, cabins, campsites, environmental education center,  horse trails, RV sites, and showers are available.

Accessibility

  • Cabin 10
  • Camping Cabin 6
  • Office
  • Visitor center
  • Snack bar deck
  • Restrooms
  • Bathhouse
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic shelter 3
  • Fishing pond
  • Rail/sidewalk to the beach

Although motorized vehicles are not permitted on park trails, electric wheelchairs and electric scooters that meet the federal definition for wheelchairs are allowed to enable people with disabilities to use the trails.

History

The land in Lake Anna State Park used to be known as "Gold Hill" and contained the Goodwin Gold Mine.

Gold was first discovered in 1829 with mining reaching its peak in the 1880s.

In 1971 Lake Anna was created to serve as a water coolant for Dominion Power’s nuclear plant. In 1972 work began on the acquisition and development of a water-oriented state park. Lake Anna State Park opened in 1983.

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Last updated: October 03, 2019
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