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Lake of the Woods
Lake of the Woods, Locust Grove
Lake of the Woods, Locust Grove
Lake of the Woods is located in Northern Virginia
Lake of the Woods
Lake of the Woods
Location in Northern Virginia
Lake of the Woods is located in Virginia
Lake of the Woods
Lake of the Woods
Location in Virginia
Lake of the Woods is located in the United States
Lake of the Woods
Lake of the Woods
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Virginia
County Orange
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 7,177
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
22508
FIPS code 51-43430
GNIS feature ID 2628836

Lake of the Woods is a census-designated place in Locust Grove, Orange County, Virginia. It is a gated subdivision covering approximately 2,600 acres with 4,260 lots (850 with lake frontage) distributed among 16 sections (many named after well-known southern names and landmarks). It includes more than 41 miles of paved private roads.

Lake of the Woods has grown into a bedroom community for Fredericksburg, within the trade area of Spotsylvania County, Virginia and points north toward Washington, D.C. The population as of the 2010 Census was 7,177.

Founded as a resort community built around a man-made lake, it now includes two lakes: the Main Lake and Keaton's Lake. The Main Lake covers 500 acres and is fed by Flat Run and numerous springs. Veterans Memorial Dam, spanning 1,450 feet along the northwest edge of the Main Lake, was built in 1968. The Main Lake ranges in depth from two feet at the upper southwest end, where Flat Run feeds the lake, to 45 feet at the upper end near the dam. It has two marinas, seven lake access areas, and eight sand beaches. Keaton's Lake is a 35-acre impoundment about 7 feet deep, at the northeast corner of the community close to Route 3; its dam spans 450 feet.

Lake of the Woods has its own Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company.

Lake of the Woods was created in 1967 by Virginia Wildlife Clubs, a subsidiary of U.S. Land, Inc., and subsequently bought and developed by Boise Cascade Corporation. The Lake of the Woods Association, Inc. assumed ownership and control in 1972.

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