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Lake Anna State Park

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Lake Anna State Park

Coordinates: 38.1233, -77.8206


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Lake Anna State Park is a state park located in Spotsylvania County in Virginia. Initially the site of the Goodwin Gold Mine - gold was first discovered at the site in 1829 - the land later played host to Lake Anna, a reservoir created to serve as a coolant for Dominion Power's nearby nuclear power plant. It was created by damming up the North Anna River. Work to create the park began in 1972, and it opened formally in 1983.

PICNIC SHELTERS: The picnicking area has grills and restroom facilities. Three picnic shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are reserved by calling the Reservation Center at (800) 933-PARK. Parking fees are not included in the shelter rental.

Lake Anna State Park picnic shelters

Three shelters are available for rent. Two are small, one is large. They can be rented from 8 a.m. to dusk (all day). Shelters 1 and 2 are available annually from April 1-Oct. 31. Shelter 3 is available year-round. Because of large crowds and limited parking, the park rents no shelters on holiday weekends. The shelters are available then at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis.

Guests are expected to be courteous and share space when possible. This is done because, in the past, guests with shelter reservations often could not be admitted into the park on busy holiday weekends; the parking lot was full. Also note that Shelter 2 is not rented on weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Although shelters are free when no one has rented them, guests should understand that there’s a chance all or part of their party may be turned away if the parking lot is full.

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