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 season 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 45 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 lkalife@earthlink.net.

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. Lake Anna Reflections 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 or want advertising rates (starting at $55) feel free to email us at lkalife@earthlink.net.

Click each cover to read that edition of Lake Anna Life & Times or click here to read them: Februay/March 16, April/May 16, June/July 16, August/Sept. 16, October/November '16, Late Winter '17, Late Spring '17, Summer '17, Fall '17, Winter '18, Spring '18, Summer '18.

 

Here's an excerpt from our current edition.... Special People of Lake Anna: Marine 2...

LARG is the Lake Anna Rescue Group that was formed last fall to enhance response to lake-related emergencies. Since I attend the LARG meetings and write for Lake Anna Life, I thought it was only fitting that I get a first hand look at what really happens on the lake through the eyes of law enforcement.
So, on Saturday June 30th, I had the pleasure of accompanying two Spotsylvania Deputy’s on their patrol boat “Marine 2”.

Prior to leaving the dock, the crew took the boat through its daily safety inspection and operational checks before I boarded near the sailboats at Vito’s (Lake Anna Yacht Club).

Marine 2 is a 20’ center console runabout powered by a 150 hp Yamaha outboard with a top speed of nearly 50 mph. The boat gives the deputies the ability to track and stop everything from personal watercraft to pontoons, fishing boats to runabouts.

Spotsylvania Marine units patrol Lake Anna to enforce boating safety. These units are responsible for DUI Enforcement, boating laws of Virginia, and assisting stranded citizens on the lake. The boat operates mainly on the weekends and holidays often with three crew members. This boat responds to all boat crashes, shore incidents, and patrols all marinas, beaches and parks.

Each of the deputies assigned to the Marine Patrol are required to complete a boating class and certification through the United State Coast Guard and must pass a swimming course.

The Spotsy Marine Unit works with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, the Louisa Sheriff’s Office, the United States Coast Guard and other law enforcement agencies on the waters of Lake Anna.

On this initial ride-along I was the guest of Ron and Bruce of the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office. Both men are veterans on the force; Ron for 19 years and Bruce for six years.

These men put in many hours to keep the public and the watercraft operators safe. They are part of a team that patrols the lake, and they all know the rules. When not on lake duty they work the courthouse, road patrols, warrants, arrests and other full time duties as assigned.

When I asked, Ron and Bruce explained that most watercraft tickets are given out due to excessive speed in the no wake zones, no registration, no boaters safety card, no ID, jet skis towing more than their capacity or not having enough PFDs for everyone on board.

Here’s how my afternoon with Marine 2 unfolded.

 

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Lake Anna Life Magazine Is A Great Tool For Your Visit!

Click here to view 2018/19 Lake Anna Life Magazine online!

The 2017/18 edition features 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 2018, 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 2019/20 Lake Anna Life Magazine or Lake Anna Life website, call us at 540.894.3540 or email us lkalife@earthlink.net. 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 Life.com 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.

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Lake Anna Illustrated Map Now Available - New for 2018, this detailed, illustrated map from acclaimed artist Maria Rabinky shows many of Lake Anna's restaurants and businesses along with roads and interesting local landmarks - a perfect tool for your visit. The maps are free at area businesses and the Lake Anna Information Centers. Copies suitable for framing can be had for $12 by mailing a check to Lake Anna Life at 114 Old Quarry Lane, Bumpass, VA 23024.

 

 

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Lake Anna Information Centers Can Help You - If you are traveling to the area and are looking for information on things to do, realtors, local craftsmen and women be sure and stop by one of the Lake Anna Business Partnership's Lake Anna Information Centers. Located on Rt. 208 at Dickinson's Country Store on the Louisa side of the lake and at Watson's on the Spotsylvania side of the lake the Information Centers are open and offer plenty of local information including Lake Anna Life Magazine and Lake Anna Life & Times and the helpful Lake Anna Illustrated Map!

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LABP Sunset Concert Series Returning For 2018! - 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. Concerts will be held April 28, May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11 and September 8. Draft beer, wine, soda, water and food will be available. Admission and parking is free. Come by boat or by car. No pets, outside food or coolers are permitted. For more information visit www.facebook.com/lakeannasunsetconcertseries . Make plans to bring your friends and family to cap off the summer right!

 

 

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New Bridge Landing Shopping Center Is Area Retail Hub - When you visit you'll need to know where to pick up everything from the basics to a meal. New Bridge Landing (Food Lion shopping center) is now occupied by an anchor Food Lion (resort level), a Virginia ABC Store, a Subway, a Verizon Wireless store, Lake Anna Veterinary Hospital, Kara Nails, Dockside Realty & Rentals, Big Cheese Pizza and Chef Lee Chinese.

 

 

 

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The Lake Anna Country Store Network - Before there was Food Lion we happily enjoyed our network of country stores around the lake. The continue to provide a great option for convenience items, quick breakfast, lunch and dinner, bait & tackle, gift items, fuel for cars and boats and much more. When you are visiting be sure and check out Dickinson's Store at Rt. 208/522, Elk Creek Country Store on Rt. 652/Kentucky Springs Rd., New Bridge Market on Rt. 208 and B&L Store in famous Bumpass on Rt. 618 in the down lake region. Dickinson's Store maintains the best craft beer selection around the lake and does feature an impressive Beer Car you can visit when it's sweltering out!

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Boardwalk Mini Golf At Lake Anna Awaits Your Visit - This commercial development right off Rt. 522 at the Harris Bridge on the North Anna side of the lake houses several LKA Must-Do's and retail spaces. Tim's At Lake Anna is a beautiful restaurant with 5,000 sq. ft. of seating and an 800 sq. ft. kitchen. Below this is a series of 800 sq. ft. commercial spaces including Moo Thru (Coming soon!) Wake Edgers Gear & Gifts, Dockside Realty, the Lake Anna Arcade and Boardwalk Mini Golf.

 

 

 

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Lake Anna Plaza Restaurant Options- Visitors to the lake are always looking for a great place to drop anchor and enjoy a meal with friends and family. You'll fine just a place at Lake Anna Plaza on Rt. 208 and three restaurants to choose from - Billiken's BBQ Co., Vito's Italian Restaurant and the Asian Cafe. These are just a few of the fine eateries that will greet you on your next visit to LKA.

 

 

 

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Callie Opie's Orchard Restaurant & Event Location Now Open - This is one of the lake's newest upscale restaurants and event facilities located at the intersection of Rt. 522 and Chopping Rd, just a few miles from the Rt. 208 bridge. Mike Kavros and his wife Roxanne love Lake Anna and wanted to do something different as they neared retirement, and built a restaurant and multi-purpose venue. Callie Opie’s is a full service restaurant with emphases on American regional cuisine with Mediterranean specialties. The unique and beautiful, post and beam, natural wood interior serves over 75 guests and makes Callie Opie’s a really cool place for cocktails and local wine. Over the winter, Kavros had built a beautiful outdoor dining area complete with two fire pits and colorful tables and umbrellas. He also installed a 3,500 square foot concrete pad which will serve as the future pavilion area. Also this spring Callie Opie’s hosted their first wedding, so that portion of the venue is now available. In addition to dinner Tuesday thru Saturday, Callie Opie’s has a delicious brunch menu on Sunday’s from 10am-2pm. Farm to table items include steak, pork, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and don’t be surprised to see suouvlaki & shiskabobs this summer! Scallops, tuna and shrimp are also available. callieopiesorchard.com. 540-894-4343.

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Boat In Restaurants Are A Must-Do At The Lake

The lake has three main boat-in dining options: Anna Cabana, Pirates Cove and Tim's At Lake Anna. Each is right on the water and offer free dockage. Anna Cabana features mostly al fresco dining (outdoor) with some indoor seating and an awesome view of the sunset in the mid lake region. Both Pirates Cove and Tim's offer large indoor and outdoor dining options. Pirates Cove is located in the upper Pamunkey Branch of the lake. Tim's is located in the North Anna River side of up lake. Pirates Cove has two bars (one outdoor tiki bar). All three will often feature live music performed on summer weekends as well as annual events like the Tim's Memorial Day Pig Roast and July Jet Ski Poker Run.

 

 

 

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Coyote Hole Ciderworks Welcomes Your Visit

Coyote Hole Ciderworks located just off the lake is looking forward to a great season. Drop by for a tasting of owner, Chris Denkers' ciders and enjoy the indoor and outdoor seating. Designed and built by Chris from the ground up, the building houses guests in a beautifully appointed tasting room with a separate bar seating area. Outside and under cover are 10 picnic tables and a large parking area. Food trucks will be there during peak days for purchasing light fare or snacks and the refreshing cider is sold by the pint. Coyote Hole Ciderworks is located on Oak Grove Drive, across from the Food Lion on 208 and behind the nursery. For more information call 540-872-6348 or visit coyotehole.com.

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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 hoodies, tank tops, tie dyes, pirate flags, the Safety Over Water necklaces, Lokia bracelets, caps, LKA stickers, mugs and magnets and much more can be found at the shop. Lake Anna Outfitters

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Boat Rentals Are A Great Way To Enjoy The Lake

You can explore the lake by arranging to rent a number of different types of watercraft. Pontoons, kayaks, paddle boards, canoes and pedal boats are the most popular rentals. You'll find pontoons available for rent from Duke's Creek Marina, Lake Anna Marina, Shipwreck Boat Rentals at The Cove at Hunters Landing (540.854.6308) and Sturgeon Creek Marina. Paddlecraft are avaialble from Lake Anna Outfitters.

 

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LABP Business Person of the Year Award -Tuesday, January 10 was a big night at Tim's for the Lake Anna Business Partnership (LABP) and the recipients of their annual Persons of the Year recognitions. These recognitions and “thank you’s” for setting the standard of doing business around the lake drew over 70 folks to the popular lakeside restaurant on a cold winter night in addition to the local crowd.

LABP Director Gene Newman emcee’d the ceremony which began with recognizing Business Person of the Year Wesley Chiles of Chiles Enterprises and Business of the Year Piedmont Dental at Lake Anna/Dr. Michael Clark. Others recognized at last night's LABP Persons of the Year Awards include Susie & Barney Squiers for Most Improved Venue (The Cove Restaurant), Joe Messett for Most Improved Venue ( Anna Cabana), Melody and Kenny Bowers for Best Fine Dining (Tavern on the Rail), Mike Kavros for Best in Fine Dining ( Callie Opie's Orchard), Chris Denkers for Best New Business (Coyote Hole Ciderworks), Marie Snyder for Most Creative Business (Lake Anna Linens), Frankie Parde from SAM FM, David Hunter for Best Developer (Hunter Properties), Gary Griffith for the Lake Anna Vision Award (Sunset Cove) and Doug Whitlock received the Lifetime Achievement award. Akbar Denghani of FAMM Flooring Covering, Mark Smith of C&F Mortgage, Barry Schaeffer, Mike Higgins of Lake Anna Caretakers, Jean Martin of Southern Image Build & Design and Cindy Dove of Dockside Realty were also recognized for their dedicated service to the Lake Anna Business Partnership.

The LABP meets on the third Tuesday of the month at a different restaurant or venue around the lake. Guests are welcome with a sponsoring member. To find out more see www.visitlakeanna.org.

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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 info@lifeonalake.com. LKA Monster Research Institute stickers can be found at LKA Outfitters!

 

 

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