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Economic development alliance thanks area manufacturers

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 10/13/2018 1:36:00 PM

Leaders from area manufacturers gathered Friday morning not to talk business, but to enjoy a bite of breakfast from the Lake Martin Area Economic Development Alliance (LMAEDA) while celebrating Manufa

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Sands, Delorean Lamar "Big D"

Opelika-Auburn News

Date: 10/11/2018 10:00:00 PM

Funeral Service for Mr. Delorean Lamar "Big D" of Dadeville, Alabama will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church with interment following in the Church Cemetery

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United Way gearing up for annual Downtown Fashion Show

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 10/10/2018 11:03:00 AM

As the Lake Martin Area United Way continues its 2019 “Be a Lifesaver of Hope” fundraising campaign, the organization is preparing for one of its biggest and most exciting fundraisers. “Our sixth annu

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New technology helps recovery body quickly after Friday suicide

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 10/6/2018 7:27:00 AM

A new sonar acquired by the Alexander City Tallapoosa County Rescue Squad aided in the recovery of a suicide victim Friday on Lake Martin. The Alexander City Police Department responded to a call of p

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Celebrate Lake Martin 2018 shirt winner announced

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 10/5/2018 11:39:00 AM

2018 marked the 9th annual Celebrate Lake Martin T-shirt contest, with students at Stephens Elementary School creating works of art with the theme of Lake Martin and all it provides to the community

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• River: Tallapoosa River
• Length: 880 Miles
• Surface Area: 41,150 Acres
• Volume: 1,622,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 2,984 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 41 Feet
• Length: 31 Miles
Lake Martin is a man-made reservoir located in Tallapoosa, Elmore and Coosa counties in Alabama on the Tallapoosa River. It was formed by the construction of Martin Dam on the Tallapoosa River. The Martin Dam powerhouse is used to generate hydroelectric power for the Alabama Power Company. Construction on Martin Dam began in 1923 and was completed in 1926, creating what was at that time the largest man-made body of water in the world. Originally known as Cherokee Bluffs for the geological formation upon which it was built (which erroneously recognized the historic indigenous people of the area), the dam was renamed in 1936 in honor of Thomas Martin, the then-president of Alabama Power Company.

One of the largest man made lakes in the United States, Lake Martin is a popular recreation area for swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, camping, and golfing. The Dixie Sailing Club operates on Lake Martin. Many waterfront neighborhoods and luxury homes are located on Lake Martin. The cities of Alexander City, Dadeville, and Eclectic are nearby.

Lake Martin hosts many events throughout the year, including fishing tournaments, a fireworks show on the Fourth of July, and the Alexander City Jazz Festival, an annual event every June in downtown Alexander City and at the Lake Martin Amphitheatre.

Lake Martin includes many popular attractions, including eagles nest, natural sand beaches, restaurants, camping areas and popular islands. The lake has several landmarks, such as the Kowaliga Bridge, and several marinas, but perhaps the most recognized landmark on the lake is Chimney Rock, a large rock formation that resembles a chimney. Chimney Rock is located several hundred yards away; the formation which most people call Chimney Rock is Acapulco Rock. The area was the Tallapoosa River gorge before Martin Dam was built, and the water is more than 150 feet deep. The spot is visited by thousands of boaters yearly, who park in front of "The Rock" to watch people climb up 60 feet and jump off into the water.

Lake Martin has become a weekend getaway for many of Birmingham, Montgomery and even Atlanta's elite.

Alabama has a lake of a similar name, the Logan Martin Lake on the Coosa River, but Lake Martin and Logan Martin Lake are not part of the same river system.
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