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Lake Anna – Dike 3

Important Notices For This Site

Notice
DWR Removes Dike 3 Fishing Platform at Lake Anna Due to Safety ConcernsThe Dike III Fishing platform and associated concrete pathway located off Moody Town Road (Bumpass, VA - Lake Anna) is a favorite fishing location for many anglers in the area. The facility, however, was in a deteriorated condition and did not meet current safety standards. While the Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) promotes public access whenever possible, due to the age and continuing deterioration of the fishing platform and concrete pathway, DWR has removed it. The site continues to be available for shoreline fishing.

Description

Lake Anna is the largest freshwater body in the Central Piedmont. This massive reservoir was impounded in 1971 as a cooling lake for the North Anna Nuclear Power Facility and has been attracting interesting wildlife ever since. Due to the warming effects of the power plant and the reservoir’s large size, it is usually the last freshwater reservoir to freeze in the winter. This results in concentrations of waterfowl which could include a few unusual species looking for a place to stop. Species to be on the lookout for in winter include common loon, red-necked and horned grebes, diving ducks such as redhead, ring-necked duck and greater and lesser scaup. In shallower waters look for dabblers such as American black duck, American widgeon and green-winged teal. Wildlife viewing is restricted to the DWR public fishing access along the shoreline so a spotting scope is helpful.

During the summer months the lake is less productive for birds but holds a good variety of dragonflies with slaty skimmers and eastern amberwings skirting the surface and damselflies such as Rambur’s forktail hiding in the reed beds. Butterflies concentrate in the moist muddy areas sometimes producing clouds of eastern tiger swallowtails, pearl crescents and American snouts.

Directions

Physical Location: 3603 Moody Town Rd, Bumpass, VA 23024

Coordinates: 38.008058, -77.728020

From Mineral, take SR-618/Fredericks Hall Road east, slight left onto SR-614/Elk Creed Road, turn right onto SR-652/Kentucky Springs Road, turn left onto SR-622/Moody Town Road, and the parking area is on the left just after the bridge.

 

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Virginia DWR - Region 4 office: 540-899-4169, birdingtrail@dwr.virginia.gov
  • Website
  • Access: Free

Birds Recently Seen at Lake Anna – Dike 3 (as reported to eBird)

  • Canada Goose
  • Bonaparte's Gull
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Mourning Dove
  • Common Loon
  • Osprey
  • American Crow

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Parking