Boating Information

Lake Anna is the second largest lake located entirely in Virginia. With over 200 miles of shoreline and 13,000 total acres, boaters have much to explore.

Pontoon boats, deck boats and bowriders, in the 19ft to 23ft range are the most common crafts. Sailing is best below the Route 208 bridge, providing about 8 miles of open water with several long creeks.

Jet skiing is popular in the summer, especially on the weekends. Fishing is popular year-round, but reaches a peak in April and May.

As of July 1, 2014, all PWC operators age 14 and older and motorboat operators ages 45 and younger need to take a boating safety course.

PWC Age Restriction: No person under the age of 14 may operate a PWC. Those operators 14 and 15 MUST show proof of completing an approved and accepted boating safety course either in a classroom or online. The challenge exam or other provisions of the Education Compliance Requirement do not meet the requirements of the age restriction law.

Access to Lake Anna is through several marinas open to the public and the Lake Anna State Park. Check our business directory for listings. Lake Anna is open year round.

The marinas provide the majority of essentials, including gas, food and drinks, fishing licenses and tackle. Visitors pay a day use ramp and parking fee. Some marinas are gated, so be sure to check for hours of operation.

Typically these hours are 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after dark. Boat engine repairs are available for most brand outboards and I/O’s. There are no public marinas on Lake Anna’s private or “warm side.”

Boaters may stay on the lake overnight. Most will anchor out-of-the-way in a quiet, shallow cove for the night. Fishing is allowed at night, and is common in the summer months, mainly for those in search of catfish. Boat and jet ski rental are available. Again check our business directory for listings.

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