Lakes in Virginia

Virginia is for lovers of lakes! No matter where you go in the Old Dominion State, you're close to at least one fine body of water.

In northern Virginia, lake lovers may take tour boat rides, fish, paddleboat or camp on the shores of Lake Fairfax in Reston. Central Virginia is home to two of the state's largest lakes, Smith Mountain and Anna. Known as the Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Smith Mountain Lake has 500 miles of shoreline and many access points for anglers and boaters. At 13,000 acres, Lake Anna accommodates all manner of water sports. Like Anna, Buggs Island Lake (a.k.a. John H. Kerr Reservoir) is a prime spot for boaters. Located in southern Virginia, the 50,000-acre lake is also the largest in Virginia. It's an excellent fishing hole too, especially for crappie, and has more than 800 miles of shoreline.

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Featured lakes in Virginia

Lake Anna

Lake Anna is one of the most popular water recreation destinations in Virginia. It is located around seventy miles south of the city of Washington D.C. and it's seventeen miles long and includes more than two hundred miles of shoreline.

Lake Manassas

Lake Manassas, located in Prince William County, Virginia, is unavailable to the general public. Formerly, an access point was operated by a local family under contract with the city of Manassas. Access near the area's water treatment plant has been denied by the county.

Smith Mountain Lake

Smith Mountain Lake has more than five hundred miles of of shoreline. Popular activities here are boating, fishing, hiking, camping, sailing, amongst other things.


Popular Virginia lakes

Banister Lake
Burke Lake
Claytor Lake
Davis Pond
Harwoods Mill Reservoir
John W Flannagan Reservoir
Lake Anna
Lake Burnt Mills
Lake Chesdin
Lake Gordonsville
Lake Manassas
Lake Merriweather
Lake Monticello
Lake Moomaw
Lake of the Woods
Lake Prince
Laurel Bed Lake
Little Creek Reservoir
Lunga Reservoir
North Fork of Pound Lake
Smith Mountain Lake
South Fork Rivanna River Reservoir
Swift Creek Reservoir
Western Branch Reservoir


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