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.