Boating on Lake Anna

With over 200 miles of shoreline, Lake Anna is the ideal spot for boaters who enjoy cruising freely on the water. From speedboats and sailboats to pontoons and small runabouts, the lake’s perfect conditions and expansive views offer an unforgettable boating experience. Fuel up the tank and then watch the dock disappear on the horizon as you make your way into the open water for a day full of fun and leisure.

Lake Anna Boat Rentals

If you’re looking to rent a pontoon boat, jet ski, deck boat or fishing boat, visit one of the many boat rental companies on Lake Anna. Any piece of equipment you’re looking to rent, as well as marine stores and boat repairs by certified mechanics, you’re sure to find at these companies. Take advantage of the marinas that offer rentals. Renting from a marina also gives you access to public beach, boat ramp, boat storage and other essentials.

Go Beyond Boating

Although boating on the lake is extremely popular, there are plenty of other water activities you can take part in. Lake Anna is a great setting for wakeboarding, jet skiing, free boarding and even tubing. Test your water sport skills or simply sit back and watch as your friends and family enjoy one of the many activities available on the lake. Click here to read more about Lake Anna’s water sports to have an adventurous, aqua vacation.

Boating Sites at Lake Anna

With Lake Anna being the second largest lake located entirely in Virginia, there are lots of places to explore via boat. When you’re ready for your day on the lake, visit one of these hidden gems that locals know and love.

Discovering the Sandbar

Over time, salt has built up naturally in the middle of Lake Anna. This created a sandbar submerged in waist-deep water at the mouth of Gold Mine Creek. The Sandbar is now a destination for locals and guests who are in the know. This unique hangout is perfect for grilling, playing water volleyball or just enjoying an ice-cold drink with friends and family. Make sure you turn your engine to idle when you get close to this fun-time destination.

Take a Trip to the Bahamas

Behind the islands in Boggs Creek and across from the North Anna Power Station lie a chain of islands that are perfect for swimming, grilling, playing games, hanging out with friends or just relaxing. Locals refer to this area as the Bahamas. Soak up the warm sun or take a walk and enjoy the sand between your toes. The Bahamas has been called one of the nicest beaches around Lake Anna because it is a secret haven.

The Hottest Spot on the Lake

When the North Anna Power Station uses water from Lake Anna, that water is returned to the lake slightly warmer than when it was taken out. Venture out to one of Lake Anna’s cooling lagoons and experience these warm temperatures. The temperatures in these cooling lagoons are typically 14 degrees warmer than typical lake water. May–October is the peak season for recreational use of the lagoons because that’s when water temperature is highest.

Boater Safety

The Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries is a helpful resource for those planning on boating while in Lake Anna. Download their free Watercraft Owner’s Guide to learn the rules of the water. Here are more safety tips to consider when boating on Lake Anna.

  • There must be one wearable United State Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person on the boat. If not worn, the life jacket needs to be readily accessible to passengers.
  • When renting a boat, check for all state mandated safety equipment such as: life jackets, fire extinguishers, visual distress signals and more.
  • “No Wake” is defined as the slowest possible speed required to maintain steerage and headway. Be sure to heed all regulatory markers, especially “no wake” zones under bridges.
  • Take note of the names of bridges, lake landmarks, dock signs and island signs to help identify your position at all times.

While on the lake, pay attention to these buoy markers and be careful in areas where you find them:

  • Orange with a Circle is a control buoy. These indicate speed limits, wash restrictions and more. Obey the restrictions illustrated within the orange circle.
  • Orange with a Diamond is a hazard buoy. These mark random hazards like shoals and rocks.
  • Orange with a Crossed Diamond is a keep-out buoy. These designate the areas where boats are prohibited. This can be swimming areas, the power station or the dam.