Lake Anna's public access portion (the "cold side") boasts a number of public access facilities including marinas, parks, and public fishing areas. The lake has become a premier location for watersports such as skiing, kayaking, boating, and many others. Attractions near the lake include restaurants, lodging, vineyards, golf, shopping, hiking, and others. The lake's economy continues to grow, and the Lake Anna Business Partnership is an excellent source of information on area businesses and activities.
The Virginia Department of Health maintains a website with healthy swimming information. SwimHealthyVA.com also includes a regularly updated water monitoring map.
The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) has primary law enforcement responsibility on the lake. More information is available on their website.
Lake Anna is approximately 17 miles long and includes roughly 200 miles of shoreline. Over 100 communities populate the lake's shores. The cold side is about 9,000 acres, and the private area (or "warm side"), includes about 4,000 acres connected by three canals. The two sides are divided by three dikes constructed of stone. The power station powers 450,000 homes and provides 17% of Virginia's electricity, and the lake has become a destination for fishing, water sports, and many other activities.
Virginia Electric and Power Company (now Dominion Energy) purchased approximately 18,000 acres in 1968 to construct the North Anna Nuclear Power Station and its associated cooling system. The land, which falls within three counties along the Pamunkey and North Anna Rivers, was cleared by 1972. Hurricane Agnes helped fill the lake ahead of schedule and Lake Anna was formed.