- The lakes and reservoirs in Virginia range from huge reservoirs to small lakes. Many of the lakes are surrounded by campgrounds, picnic areas and trails. Some of the larger lakes have State Parks along their shores. Philpott Lake, Lake Anna and Smith Mountain Lake are several of the most popular in the Commonwealth.
Recreation - These lakes and reservoirs offer varying opportunities depending on their size and level of development. Opportunities include boating, water skiing, fishing, swimming, camping, picnicking and hiking
Climate - Virginia, as a whole, experiences high humidity throughout the year. Summers promise high heat and humidity, which can make rigorous activities uncomfortable and difficult. Spring and fall are the best times to visit the area to avoid the heat. The mountains to the coast receive high rainfall during these seasons, so rain gear is recommended. Winter precipitation levels vary from year to year. The humidity makes temperatures feel colder during the winter as it makes the summer temperatures feel hotter. Weather on the coast is generally more mild than that in the piedmont.
Virginia's lakes and reservoirs are scattered throughout the state.