Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) on Lake Anna


wk0a_Photo_8-12-14By Kurt Michael

Vrooom. There goes a power boat. Vroom vroom. There goes another power boat. Brace for the wave … waves from passing boats and jet skis brought an element of excitement to my paddle boarding  experience on Lake Anna (see map).

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I launched my paddle board from the marina located on the east side of the route 208 bridge and headed toward the power station two miles away. The late-September day was sunny and warm with temperatures in the mid-70s as I paddled under the 208 bridge.

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Around Seay Point towards Brumleys Point…

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I finally reached my destination, the nuclear power plant, where buoys mark its perimeter restricting public access.

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Lake Anna was created because of the power plant. In 1971, a 90-foot dam was built on the North Anna River near Bumpass, Virginia, creating the 17-mile long lake that would cool the plant’s core.

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An interesting fact is that the North Anna Nuclear Power Plant is ranked number seven as “most at risk” of the core being damaged during an earthquake, as reported by NBC-29. This is out of a ranking of 104 nuclear power plants nationwide, and North Anna faces an annual 1 in 22,727 chance of the core being damaged by an earthquake and exposing the public to radiation. On August 23, 2011, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit Louisa County where Lake Anna is located. Luckily, North Anna was designed to withstand a 5.9 to 6.1 earthquake.

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Thank goodness we have competent engineers and technicians and not Homer Simpson running the plant.

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I turned my board around and paddled back to the marina admiring the million-dollar homes along the way.

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The 208 Bridge soon appeared in the distance where I would return to the place where my day began.

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Read more SUP adventures from Kurt Michael:

Rivanna River Reservoir, Charlottesville – September 2014
Beaver Creek Reservoir, Charlottesville – September 2014
Sherando Lake near Waynesboro – September 2014
York River, Yorktown – July 2014

More about SUP:

Surf Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge Outdoors

Photos by Kurt Michael
September 2014

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