Lake Martin

ALABAMA


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489.10 FEET
7/31/2015
Full Pool: 490.0
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On staph and swimming: experts advise proper precautions

St. Clair News-Aegis

Date: 7/30/2015 1:11:00 PM

After recent reports surfaced of children developing skin infections after swimming in Alabama lakes — including Logan Martin Lake — medical experts are advising swimmers to bathe after exposing their skin to natural bodies of water. In a story that

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Experts say size, cleanliness of river makes skin issues from Lake Martin unlikely

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 7/30/2015 4:39:00 AM

Recent reports of swimmers developing skin infections – including staph – after swimming in some Alabama lakes are highly unlikely for those who enjoy the waters of Lake Martin, some experts say. Over the last two weeks, child swimmers in Logan Martin

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Lake Martin Bama Club honored as nation’s best

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 7/28/2015 4:54:00 PM

It’s like an expansion baseball team winning the World Series in just its second season. That’s the way one person described the most recent win for the Lake Martin Bama Club. The University of Alabama National Alumni Association named the Lake Martin

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Experts advise bathing after swimming at Smith Lake

Cullman Times

Date: 7/27/2015 9:06:00 PM

Other reports of skin infections — ranging from rashes to impetigo and staph — have also been reported by people who swam in Lake Martin. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management is in charge of monitoring water quality for natural bodies of

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Sun Festival ends with a bang

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 7/27/2015 6:07:00 PM

“I have family who have a place on Lake Martin,” Patrick said. “They told me to come anytime this summer I wanted, but said if you can get here during Sun Festival, don’t miss it. So here I am.” Rye said the Chamber received a lot of positive

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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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