Lake Anna Life

Welcome to Lake Anna Life.


This site is dedicated to Lakers and Weekenders alike. You'll find Lake Anna information for everyone, from anglers and recreational boaters to wakeboarders and waterskiers. Our community is growing and Lake Anna Life is intended to be a reflection of it and tool for our members. We see that our job is to entertain, inform and educate as well as encourage others to protect and cherish our wonderful resource with great Lake Anna information.


Each quarter you can expect to find our Calendar of Events full of suggestions for family fun. There are plenty of things to do around the lake this season! Scroll down and see our Lake Anna Life News section, too, for the inside scoop before you hit the cocktail/dinner circuit. Our LKA Life Profiles feature noteworthy Lake Anna community members. Our Facebook sites; Lake Anna Life and Lake Anna Outfitters and The Fishing Hole are great ways to keep in touch with the everyday activities and news around the lake. Please visit them often and post comments to enrich the forum. Our Photo Galleries are intended to allow you to show others your LKA moments. Sends us your pics of your children, grandchildren, greatest day on the lake ever, your "hot" boat, your big fish and your nature scenes that are so plentiful around LKA. Just email them to us and we'll post them. Want to rent a kayak, paddleboard or canoe or go on a guided fishing trip? Click on LKA Outfitters. There you'll find rental/guide info and the pathway to some great LKA Wear clothing items and LKA Wear dealers.

On this site we promise you won't find photos representing the lake not taken here. Everything you see, unless credited otherwise, is homegrown around the lake. Our writers, bloggers and photographers are all Lakers, and we invite you to contribute your work as well. The Anna area has grown in the past 40 years to the point of a community and Lake Anna Life is going to try and bring us all together. It will work as long you are part of the production.

While you are here, take a few moments to visit all our website pages and participate if you are so inclined. We need writers, photographers, reporters, bloggers and advertising partners. We all know what a powerful tool the internet can be and Lake Anna Life is positioned to be the Lake Anna portal. Why not get involved? You can contact us at 540.894.3540 or by emailing us at

Regardless whether you are a full time Laker, weekender, visitor, business person/owner, tradesman or other, we invite you to be a part of the Lake Anna Life. Click here to view Lake Anna Life Magazine online!


Lake Anna Life News

Welcome to Lake Anna Life News.

Lake Anna Life & Times

Lake Anna Life & Times is a bi-monthly publication intended to inform, educate and entertain Lake Anna residents and visitors. Each edition has a number of sections dedicated to different types of news. The goal is provide our residents and visitors with factual news and a look at some of the more interesting people that have helped to make our community so special.

Each edition is organized into sections. Overheard is where we track down the rumour and bring you the facts. Around The Lake is news about real estate. Did You Know? is our section on Lake Anna history and fun facts. Around The Lake is our calendar of events. Eat&Drink is our section on Lake Anna dining, specials and restaurant news. The Lake Anna Monster and LKA Gliteratti page has photos of recent events and an opinion piece. Each edition also has a core feature article, part of a continuing series on the Special People of Lake Anna. You can pick up a copy at just about any place around the lake. Subscriptions are available, too!

Lake Anna Life & Times is a companion publication to the Lake Anna Life annual magazine. For advertisers that want to reach customers with less lead time, it's a great option. The articles and photography in the 10"x12" format permit us to offer an artistically pleasing layout. Our online edition even has hot links to our advertisers!

Our deep connection to the community brings you the pieces on special people, places and activities of Lake Anna that no one else has. Our Calendar of Events brings you dozens of events every two months. If you have an article idea feel free to email us at Click each cover to read that edition of Lake Anna Life & Times or click here to read them: April/May 15, June/July 15, August/September 15, October/November 15, Februay/March 16.

Here's an excerpt from our current editon....

Special People of Lake Anna: The Harrises

What makes Lake Anna so special to so many people, both resident and visitor alike? Is it the clear, clean and warm water? Is it the abundant fish and birds that also make the lake their home? Is it the lake lifestyle that features both laid back and wild boat parties and places with names like Cocktail Cove, The Sand Bar, Kayakers’ Beach, Skinny Dipper’s Cove and Bohemian Bay? Or is it places like Tim’s, Anna Cabana, Anna Point Marina and High Point Marina that offer great access and good times?

It’s probably all of the above as well as a 100 other reasons depending on whom you ask. But if you asked folks to name what makes Anna so special it’s more often than not something that’s natural – a sunset, woods, a beach, a quiet morning. In this series we’ll bring you the storyof families/folks that have made sure that those that live and visit here will be able to enjoy this intrinsic beauty of the lake; undeveloped and green, appreciating places that remain a bit wild and untouchable by the bulldozers of development.These are the special people and places of Lake Anna and we should all be grateful to them.

Samuel N. Harris or Sam, as he’s called by most, is a 57-year-old fourth generation farmer sitting on 1,200 acres on and around the lake area. He and his brother W.A. Harris operate Cherry Grove Farm Enterprises on a number of parcels mostly located in Spotsylvania County on the shore of the North Anna River branch of the lake. Take a boat ride up to Tim’s Restaurant and the undeveloped farmland on the right is a big part of the Harris farm.

No newcomers to Virginia, the Harris family name can be traced all the way back to a Jamestown supply ship. Their long history around the lake puts them as one of the founding families here, too. Sam told me his great, great grandfather lived in Glenora (1700’s era community near where 208 crosses the lake now) before moving to an old plantation house close to where the family farm is currently. In the early 1900’s his grandfather started dairy farming. Sam’s father William Overton or W.O. Harris, and his uncle Fred Harris took over the operation and began to expand the land holdings, pasture by pasture, forest by forest.

“They started off small where they grew up and kept adding land to the farm,” Harris told me. “When Rt. 522 came in the 1940’s it split the farm.”

When the lake planners came and offered money for land that would be submerged by the lake, Harris said he remembers hearing his parents talking about the farmland that would be lost.

You read the entire article by clicking here or on the magazine cover to the right...




The 2015 Edition of Lake Anna Life Magazine Is A Great Tool For Your Visit!

Click here to view 2015 Lake Anna Life Magazine online!

The 2015/16 edition featurse articles on LKA Hotspots, 35+ LKA Must-Do's, a Dining Guide, our annual look at wake sports, Lake Anna's Dream Homes, Boathouses & Piers, How To Enjoy LKA Year Round, Buying or Selling On Lake Anna Tips, Hot Spots, Special Events, our HUGE Calendar of Events, Boating Trends & Boating Safety, LKA's Most Influential People for 2015, a Guide to Fishing, The Perfect Day On LKA, a brand new illustrated map, realtor guide and more! The photography is stunning and shows residents and visitors enjoying the lake in just about any way you can imagine.

Please contact us now if you'd like to be included in the 2016/17 Lake Anna Life Magazine or Lake Anna Life website, call us at 540.894.3540 or email us We'll be happy to explain how it works.

Lake Anna Life the magazine, captures the essence of Lake Anna life and between it’s covers readers will find an amazing array of information, entertainment, coupons, personalities and images that make it a must-have on lake house coffee tables as well as vacation rentals and visitor centers around the state. Our media platform will connect businesses, not only with Lake Anna visitors, but with our year round Laker community as well. The magazine is available from most LKA merchants.

In addition to the print edition, Lake Anna has been in operation since May 2009. It's only $120 to have your ad here all year! Our charter advertising partners have been enjoying the lake’s best site for information including Lake Anna News, a Calendar of Events, two blogs, photo galleries and more. While there are many Lake Anna websites, only Lake Anna Life blends actual news, opinion, images and ads to draw visitors.


LABP Sunset Concert Series Returning For 2016! - Have you ever wanted to sit and watch the sunset while enjoying some great music and sip a beverage? Now you can with the Lake Anna Business Partership's Sunset Concert Series held at The Pavilion at Anna Point Marina. The first concert will be held April 30. Draft beer, corn hole, Lake Anna Winery products, soda, water and food will be available. Admission is free. Come by boat or by car. For more information visit . Make plans to bring your friends and family to cap off the summer right! 2015 sponsors included Fick Distributing, Dominion, Lake Anna Winery, Anna Point Marina, Legend Brewing, Piedmont Dental/Dr. Clark, Lake Anna Life Magazine and Dockside Realty.



LABP Annual Spring Festival - The sixth year of the festival is going to be awesome! Lake Anna's very own Spring Festival will again be held at the New Bridge Crossing Shopping Center (Food Lion) on April 30 from 10a-3p. The Lake Anna Business Partnership (LABP) organizes this popular community event that brings residents and visitors to the region. The Spring Festival featured many types of business exhibiting from wineries to apparel, boats to kayaks, paddleboards, crafts to lake house decorative items and much more. All Lake Anna area businesses are invited to participate in 2016. Participation is free for LABP member businesses and $50 for non-member businesses - 100% of this fee can be applied toward LABP membership. For more information click or contact Jeff Martin at 804.301.4154.


Grapes & Grains Festival Coming Back To Lake Anna - On the heels of a wonderful inaugural event in 2015, Lake Anna United has announced the date for the second Lake Anna Grapes & Grains Festival. September 10, 2016 will be a big day for Lake Anna with a craft beer and wine festival held from noon until 6 pm at the Christopher Run Campground Event Park. There will be over 35 different craft beers and wines to sample, food vendors, gift and gear vendors and live music. Lake Anna Grapes & Grains Festival



Lake Anna Life's 2015 Most Influential LKAer's - We are now taking nominations for ur 2016 LKA's Most Influential People recognition. 2015's Most Influential include Gene Newman, Gary Griffith, Terry Moberly, Dr. Dan Slovis, Jason Huang and more. See the print edition of Lake Anna Life or the online edition to read more about this year's Lake Anna gliteratti that include Dr. Michael Clark/Piedmont Dental, Thomas Clark/Golf Course Designer, David Hunter/Developer, Chris James/Manager Sturgeon Creek Marina, Mike Kavros/Restaurantuer, Mike Rassiwalla/Owner Elk Creek Country Store, Greg and Donna Shalaylo/Owners Billiken's BBQ, Doug Smith/Lake Anna Civice Association President, Matt Smith, Jonathan Shields/Wake Surfing Promotors and Jim Parisi/Lakeside Electric.


Lake Anna Cornhole Tourament - As part of the 2016 Lake Anna Business Partnership's Lake Anna Festival, the t hired annual Lake Anna Cornhole Open will be held Sunday, May 1 at 11 am at New Bridge Landing. Two-man teams are welcomed and most bring their own board/bags. The 2015 Double elimination format saw the team of Kyle Austin and Mike Vogen take the title. They won $300 and donated it all to chartyt. For a 2016 entry form email


Paddleboard Yoga With Lake Anna Outfitters - Paddleboards/SUPs are popping up everywhere around the lake. You can bring your own board or rent one and enjoy yoga on weekend mornings at High Point Marina at 8 am with Lake Anna Outfitters' Certified Instructor. It's $25/single lesson if you bring your own board and $35 if you need to rent one. There's also a 5-pack for $100/BYOB and $150 that includes rental. Here are the links to the classes.

1 Hour SUP Yoga BYOB (Bring Your Own Board) - single session.

1 Hour SUP Yoga with SUP Rental - single session.

5 Pack - 1 Hour SUP Yoga BYOB (Bring Your Own Board)

5 Pack - 1 Hour SUP Yoga with SUP Rental - Save $25!


2015 LABP Business Person of the Year Award - This prestigious distinction was given to the following at the January Business After Hours held at Tim's Restaurant on Lake Anna: Sam & Barbara Mahaffey/Lake Region Repair, W.A. & Bettye Dickinson/Dickinson's Store, Mark Fye/Lake Anna Subway, Jeff & Jean Martin/Southern Image Build & Design (Founders Award), Michael Bollinger/Louisa Arts Center, Dr. Dan Slovis/Lake Anna Veterinary Hospital, Sam Smith/iWisp.




Lake Anna Monster? It's true. The Lake Anna Monster now has his very own Facebook site you can visit and Like. Track his adventures around the lake and see if you can spot him and post your pic! He's friendly, funny and a great dancer/entertainer! He's available for retail and special event promo, too. Contact his agent at 540.894.3540 or LKA Monster Research Institute stickers can be found at LKA Outfitters!




Virginia ABC Store Now Open At Lake Anna - It's official, the final retail space in the New Bridge Landing (Food Lion shopping center) is now occupied by a Virginia ABC Store. Local reception has been positive.

Verizon Wireless At New Bridge Landing - A Verizon Wireless store is now in the space next to Subway and Lake Anna Veterinary Hospital at New Bridge Landing, nearly filling the shopping center. We're guessing this store will be busy as the cell phone service around LKA has been poor all spring. Perhaps the new technicians can help us all stay connected....



Lake Anna Island Shops & Restaurants Now Open - Lakers that have been following the construction of the Lake Anna Island complex know that there were blog postings on that noted Ally's Restaurant and the Asian Grille are just a few of the new businesses that will greet you on your next visit to LKA. We'll bring you more details when we get them here and at



Food Lion Welcomes You To LKA - If you haven't been to Lake Anna in the past two years, you are going to be surprised. We've had some major additions including New Bridge Landing a shopping center anchored by Food Lion. Businesses already leased include Subway, Lake Anna Veterinary Hospital, Big Cheese Pizza (now open), Kara Nails (now open) and Chef Lee's. Want to see what the grand opening in Februar 2011 looked like? Visit We have the video of this exciting day posted there.

Boardwalk At Lake Anna Complete... This is an ambitious commercial development right off Rt. 522 at the Harris Bridge on the North Anna side of the lake. Griffith and his partner had Dick Dickens of Lake Anna Design create a two-building complex that will house a restaurant with 5,000 sq. ft. of seating and an 800 sq. ft. kitchen. Below this will be a series of 800 sq. ft. commercial spaces. All will face the lake and a boardwalk that will wrap around the property. Griffith is also planning a mini-golf course and batting cages along Rt. 522. You can contact Gary at for more information. Any one interested in leasing is welcome.

Awesome Gift Shop At Lake Anna - Remember when you went to the beach and went to the tee shirt shop? Now you can do this at Lake Anna. Lake Anna Outfitters has the great LKA Wear line of clothing and gifts this season, plus lake house decor and artwork, kites, flags and much more. There are childrens', women's and men's designs that include everything from funny fishing shirts to the Lake Anna Outfitters shop shirt. Other gift items like Lake Anna Hoodies, the Lake Anna Wild Women Pirate Crew tank top, I Heart LKA tops, LKA tie dyes, pirate flages, carved birds, arrowheads, the Safety Over Water necklaces, caps, LKA stickers, mugs and magnets and much more can be found at the shop. Lake Anna Outfitters


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