Lake Anna State Park, Spotsylvania
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My wife and I visited Lake Anna State Park on a sunny week day in early October. Whilst we were there an event was taking place - a Quadathlon with cyclists riding up and down the entrance road. We pa... read more »
Large park, super location. This park has good boat ramp, plenty of picknic tables and hiking trails. Clean camping areas and cabins are available.
The staff was very efficient at the campground office. We had reservations and when I walked in to register they simply handed me a packet with car passes, campground pass and quick words of instructi... read more »
Lake Anna used to be a favorite place for my family to go to get away. We have always enjoyed using the state park and the boat ramp has always been well maintained. We came there yesterday and even my younger children commented on how different the place has become. The boat area has gradually over the years become the hangout spot for large groups. They are using the boat ramp as a personal mooring station for their jet skis. Several people were swimming in front of the docks as well. To make matters worse, they are riding their jet skis just up against the no wake zone signs to create waves for their swimming friends. This creates huge problems for boaters trying to trailer and load and unload as your boat is getting pushed into the docks. Little kids are playing with soccer balls directly in the way of boats loading and unloading. The whole scene concerns me from a boating safety standpoint. The bathrooms were disgusting even at 9AM. I do believe if there were clear areas marked for large groups it would help the overall experience. I am sure the overflow is due to being charged extra for the beach area use. Honestly, why pay the extra when you can over take the boat ramp area for the same effect? It is not worth the drive anymore to go back this season...and we will play next year by ear.
Park manager Dan went above and beyond to help with my broken trailer which was stuck in the middle of the park. Thank you, thank you! Been camping here for years and it's always clean and safe. Almost have to avoid boating on the weekends because it's too busy. Also the area around the beach is PACKED! keep to the water or your camping loop and enjoy the hiking trails. Good times!
My family and I visited lake anna last week. This place has went down hill! There is no mulch in the play ground (we heard from another family; one little girl broke her arm recently, due to no mulch). The bathrooms are disgusting!!! There was poop on the floor, the women's feminine box was over flowing and smelled really bad! I can't believe management has let this happen! We stopped by the visitor center and the ladies there were very helpful and polite. However, the young man behind the cash register not so much! He sat on his butt the entire time, a coworker came in with boxes he never moved to help her. That is unprofessional within a work place! My husband walked over to help her out. As my son was looking around the gift shop we over heard the young man being very disrespectful toward his coworker. At that time we decided to leave at that point. Some conversations don't need to be public, or speak in a normal tone! My thoughts are if guests are present then its the duty of the employee to get up, walk around, help one another, and most important be polite! As we headed out the park, we stopped at the office to get information the ladies there were very helpful and gave of lots of information about the area. As we headed back to our car, we spoke to officer Steele about the rude young man at the gift shop, he begins to say "that is casey and I will talk to him" but I don;t think he did, mr. steele didn't seem surprised or he just didn't care. My family and I used to enjoy coming to this park, but I think for the lack of caring within the management we will go elsewhere. My advice to other families, drive a little further and go to a nicer park!!
My wife and I made the mistake of vising Lake Anna State Park on Saturday, July 9th, and based on our experience we will not be returning to this park. Upon our arrival around 9:20 am we were charged $7.00 at the park entrance. I knew I had to pay this amount but was disappointed that the Virginia State Park System does not offer any military or Veteran discounts that are offered by other states and the federal park system. After we parked we walked to the beach area and were surprised by the excessive amount of people at the park. Some of the park attendees were using the playground area as their personal footprint that interfered with others who wanted to use the playground. We set up our chairs in the beach area and were disappointed that the beach sand was not raked and the water was murky compared to other parks we have visited. We were extremely surprised when the lifeguards blew their whistles at 10:00 am and requested that everyone get out of the water. Apparently you have to get in a line with scores of other park attendees to pay an additional $4.00 per person to use the beach area. I have never seen such an inefficient process as what I observed at Lake Anna. Making people leave a beach area after they have already set up their chairs defies logic and common sense. The most disturbing aspect of our visit was the nauseating, unsanitary, and disgusting bathrooms. In the men’s bathroom there were toilets that were not flushed, toilet paper and trash all over the floor, and water running in one of the sinks. From what my wife told me the women’s bathroom was worse with trash overflowing and women’s sanitary products strewn about the bathroom area. We would have taken pictures but didn’t think this was appropriate in a bathroom. After refusing to pay another $8.00 to stay at this poor excuse for a state park my wife and I left and vowed never to return. Do yourself a favor and look elsewhere for a place to swim unless you enjoy a park that overcharges its patrons, does not clean its bathrooms, and where sanitary conditions are not considered important.
We rented the bunkhouse cabin. It was a lot better than we expected. I don't think the online description does a good job explaining it. Actually, the reason that I'm giving 3 instead of 5 stars is basically because how poorly the website functions and how inconsistent the website is with their physical pamphlets. On the website, the 'bunkhouse' or 'lodge' is referred to by at least 2 different names. Once we arrived, on our sheet with the keys it referred to the 'cabin' as another name. On the map, it was labeled something completely different and the icon for it is not consistent with the map key. The map online and the physical map they provide is just awful. This lead to four of use driving around trying to find where we were staying for 45 mins. Finally after a deducting all other possibilities we found it but really there should be better signs posted, maps, and the online experience should be updated.
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