Lake Anna State Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Lake Anna State Park provides many recreational opportunities, including access to one of Virginia’s largest and most desirable lakes for motorboating and fishing. Largemouth bass, striped bass, and crappie are just a few of the fish that draw both amateur and professional anglers throughout the year. The park provides access to 10 miles of the lake’s 200 miles of shoreline and the cold-water side of the 13,000-acre lake.
Visitors should be aware that Dominion Power’s North Anna Nuclear Power Station sits along the shoreline and uses the cold water from the public side of the lake to cool its system while depositing its warm effluent water into the private side of the lake. This power plant went into production in 1987. The park itself was previously known as Gold Hill and was the site of the Goodwin Gold Mine, where the precious metal was first found in 1829. It was continuously mined through the 1880s. The man-made lake was created in 1971, and work began the following year to develop Lake Anna State Park. It finally opened in 1983."