Cardinal Cove: Waterfront TranquilityWaterfront Lake Anna; vineyards/state park/walking trails/patio seating gas grill; granite counter tops/gas stove/large refrig. Baths newly tiled with plenty of room and storage. Walk-in shower in master bedroom for handicap. Two queen size beds with 2 deluxe air mattresses for additional guests upon request. 65" 4k SU Samsung tv (240 channels/11 movie channels; plus movies on-site). Small gatherings welcome with quiet hours: 11pm-7am. 4 Kayaks available upon request included in rental.
Cozy Lake Anna Hideaway with Water & Beach AccessThis quiet Lake Anna hideaway is ideal for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle and busyness of everyday life. Situated on 1 acre of wooded privacy, this home is a short 5 minute walk to the lake and all the common area has to offer. Swim at the beach, fish off the shore or dock, play tennis, basketball or volleyball and come back to relax at the firepit. There is a boat slip that may be used and ample parking for boat trailer. Come relax at the lake!
Waterfront retreat w/private dock/hot tub/fire pitHomeport Harbor is the ultimate lake vacation home! Unwind in this spacious, cozy waterfront retreat located on the public side of Lake Anna! This 1,800 sq ft. home is located on one acre and is beautifully decorated; including completely all brand new furniture, kitchen upgrades and new mattresses throughout. Spend your days relaxing at the water’s edge on the private dock, screened in porch or large deck and your evenings roasting marshmallows gathered around the built-in fire-pit.
The clean, placid waters of Lake Anna draw visitors from Washington, D.C., and the Eastern Seaboard from spring until late fall. Nine thousand acres of this 17-mile-long reservoir, created by the North Anna Dam, are open to the public. Many people rent a boat to explore the lake’s secluded coves and fishing nooks, and families with children who love swimming will find a sandy, well-guarded beach in Lake Anna State Park. Fishing, sailing, and jet skiing may take up the bulk of your retreat, but you can also spend a day or two exploring picturesque towns like Fredericksburg, Bumpass, and Charlottesville, or the historical battlefields that surround the lake. Or your retreat may bring you to the wineries and craft cider makers who have found a home in Central Virginia.
You’ll need a car to get to Lake Anna, but it doesn’t need to be a long drive. Several Amtrak train routes traveling up and down the East Coast stop in Fredericksburg, about 29 miles away, and you can rent a car or even take a taxi from there. Direct flights from around the country land at Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Washington, D.C., 92 miles north. You can also find regional flights to the Richmond International Airport (RIC), 73 miles southeast. Lake Anna has no public transit system, so if you’re not planning on driving during your vacation, consider bringing a bike or renting one. And local marinas rent out a wide variety of watercraft.
From mid-May through the end of September, the temperatures rarely drop below 60 degrees Fahrenheit and often climb into the 90s, especially in July and August. Not surprisingly, these are the peak times for both tourism and lake activity. Don’t forget sunscreen if you’re on the water, but pack an umbrella and raincoat in case of summer downpours. Autumn stretches from October through November, and if you’re visiting Lake Anna during this time, you’ll likely need a warm jacket. Winters here are not harsh, but the temperature often drops below freezing, so bring your snow gear. Spring starts in March, with the return of flowers and foliage and gently warming weather.
Located on the north end of Lake Anna, this state park offers the area’s best beach, broad and sandy, as well as more than 15 miles of hiking and horse trails that skirt the lake’s ruffled shoreline or meander through the woodlands. Many of the trails, as well as the fishing pond, are wheelchair accessible.
In May 1864, the Union and Confederate armies waged war for two weeks near the Spotsylvania Courthouse, located 18 miles northeast of Lake Anna, and tens of thousands of soldiers were killed or wounded here. The National Park Service has created self-guided walking and driving tours of this important battlefield as well as other nearby Civil War sites. You can also wander around the Spotsylvania Courthouse Historic District nearby to admire the centuries-old homes and public buildings.
Fishing tournaments on Lake Anna start in the spring and go well into fall, thanks in part to water warmed by the power plant on the south shore. You’ll find a number of boat rental companies around the area, as well as chartered fishing boats. Most fishers are on the hunt for largemouth bass, crappie, and striped bass.