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. 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 $45) 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, April/May 16, June/July 16, August/Sept. 16, October/November.

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

Special People of Lake Anna: The Whitlock Family

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 or the places that all of use enjoy; marinas, developments and festivals. These are the special people and places of Lake Anna and we should all be grateful to them.

Calvin Douglas Whitlock is a man that might not overwhelm you at first blush with physical dominance or a booming voice. At 62 Whitlock, though, has probably knows more about the history of Lake Anna than 95% of the folks that live around it and once he starts talking, people often stand entranced around him.

Doug Whitlock is a member of the clan that developed much of Lake Anna. When the then Virginia Power (now Dominion) decided to build North Anna 1 and 2 and flood the North Anna River flowing along the north side of Louisa County, the Whitlocks were in good position to understand the potential of the project.

“My first memory of hearing about Dominion’s plans for the North Anna Power Plant was coming home from a dentist appointment in Charlottesville in the Spring of 1968. My father, Robert, started reading the evening paper which was the Charlottesville Daily Progress and saw the announcement about the nuclear plant on the front page, he called all of us into the living room to tell us and said: ‘This will change Louisa County forever.’” Whitlock told Life & Times.

Whitlock recalled just how the family business quickly shifted its focus onto the lake after that fateful day.
Whitlock brothers Bill, Ed and Robert were the BEAR (Bill, Ed and Robert) Investment Company LP and they created Lake Anna Land Corporation along with Milton Petty and A.G. “Sambo” Johnson. Together they were some of the pioneers of real estate development around the lake.
At the time of the Virginia Power announcement, Robert and Ed Whitlock operated Whitlock Construction Company and were building schools. When this process became too encumbered and risky, they used their heavy equipment to create and develop subdivisions around Lake Anna.
The group smartly bought property through BEAR Investment Company and then sold lots through Lake Anna Land Corporation, creating some of the first communities around the lake...

You can read the entire article in our late summer edition by clicking here or on the cover the below.




Forty–five years after Lake Anna was opened there are over 5,200 lots platted in 155 subdivisions around 225 miles of shoreline. That’s a lot of development, but if you ride around the lake via boat it doesn’t seem overwhelming. For the most part the counties and developers have been very careful about how the community has developed.
Now, with fewer large chunks of land to develop, and the maximum amount of lots in sight on the horizon, careful planning is being taken by those entering the subdivision development arena.
David L. Hunter is one such individual. A resident of the lake since the early days, he has watched from both the shoreline and afar, gradually building a nearly unmatched developer’s acumen along the way. He has now decided it is time to leave his mark on Lake Anna.
A quiet local until now, his home near the mouth of Pigeon Run is a magnificent contemporary with some quirks that draw boaters and photographers. There’s the authentic red London phone booth just off the water, a water garden with gurgling waterfall into the lake and a promenade with an amazing view of the Glenora Plantation section of the Lake Anna State Park; all characterize his personal vision of beauty and attention to detail.
We visited with Hunter recently to discuss his development philosophies, how he reached them and what he is planning for Lake Anna in the coming months and years. Hunter is a quite fit “70-something” with blue eyes that belie a penchant for merry-making both on and off the water. Here’s our interview with him....

You can read the entire article in our Fall edition by clicking here or on the cover the below.




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

Click here to view 2016/17 Lake Anna Life Magazine online!

The 2016/17 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 2017/18 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 final concert will be held Sunday, September 4. Draft beer, 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! 2016 sponsors included Fick Distributing, Dominion, Anna Point Marina, Legend Brewing, Piedmont Dental/Dr. Clark, Chile's Landscape & Design, Lake Anna Linens, CBS 19, SAM FM, Lake Anna Life Magazine and Dockside Realty.


Grapes & Grains Festival Coming Back To Lake Anna - On the heels of a magnificent event in 2016, Lake Anna United has announced the date for the second Lake Anna Grapes & Grains Festival. September 11

, 2017 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



LABP Annual Spring Festival - The sixth year of the festival was awesome! Lake Anna's very own Spring Festival was 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 2017. 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.


Lake Anna Life's 2016 Most Influential LKAer's - We are now taking nominations for our 2017/18 LKA's Most Influential People recognition. 2015's Most Influential included 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. See the print edition of Lake Anna Life or the online edition to read more about this year's Lake Anna gliteratti that include Dave Moberly/Dockside Realty, Dan Moscowitz/Virginia Community Bank, Stephanie Koren/Mineral District Louisa Co. Supervisor, Christian Goodwin/Louisa County Administrator, Michael Bollinger/Director of the Louisa Arts Center, Jack Matthews/Mineral District Planning Commissioner, Chuck & Jan Meeks/Anna Point Marina and Chris Denkers & Greg Issac/Sunset Properties & Coyote Hole Ciderworks.


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!


2016 LABP Business Person of the Year Award -Tuesday, January 19 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 80 folks to the popular lakeside restaurant on a cold winter night in addition to the local crowd in for “Half Price Burger Night”.

LABP Director Gene Newman emcee’d the ceremony which began with recognizing long time Lake Anna promotors Jean and Irving Bazzanella from Christopher Run Campground.
“This family has been promoting the lake since before many of us were here and deserve our thanks,” noted Newman.

Other area recipients included Best New Business/Piedmont Dental/Dr. Michael Clarke, Best High End Restaurant/Tavern on the Rail/Melody and Kenny Bowers, Best New Restaurant/Billiken’s BBQ Co./Greg and Sharon Shalawylo, Best Asian Restaurant/Asian Cafe/Jason Huang, Best Promotion/Lake Anna Travel/Greg and Dana Isaac and Chris and Laura Denkers, Special Friend To LABP/Joel Kendall, Most Improved Venue/Lake Country Marine/Chuck and Jan Meeks, Business of the Year/Cedar Knoll Boat & RV Storage/Tom and Ingrid Dupree and Business Person of the Year/Lake Anna Life Publishing/C.C. McCotter.

Meeks recently expanded his Lake Country Marine dealership at Anna Point Marina, creating a state-of-the-art facility that sets the standard for marine dealers across the nation. In 2015 the Duprees, working closely with Louisa County officials, expanded their storage business on Rt. 652/Kentucky Spring Road and doubled their capacity. Lake Anna Travel is the promoter of Lake Anna Brewfest and Wine By The Lake. McCotter oversees a number of lake businesses include McCotter’s Lake Anna Guide Service, Lake Anna Outfitters, LKA™ Wear apparel and Lake Anna Life Publishing. In 2015 he expanded and began publishing Lake Anna Life & Times, a bi-monthly publication with news and features. He a founding member of LABP and currently serves as president.

“To be recognized with folks like the Bazzanellas, Chuck and Jan, Joel and the Duprees is the greatest honor I could receive,” noted McCotter. “There are a lot of people in this room that are working very hard to promote Lake Anna, too, and for that we are supremely grateful because it makes this a great place to live, play and work.”

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


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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