Lake Martin

ALABAMA


Lake Level
489.01 FEET
8/24/2016
Full Pool: 491.0
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Mrs. Julia Blake Dunham

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 8/23/2016 1:49:00 PM

Mrs. Dunham passed away on Monday, August 22, 2016 at Jackson Hospital. She was born on February 7, 1931 in Coosa County, Alabama to Noah Blake and Libby Gertrude McCarley Blake. She was a member of Goodwater Baptist Church. She was an avid reader and

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Reynolds, Sarah

Opelika-Auburn News

Date: 8/22/2016 10:11:00 PM

Sarah Elizabeth Avant Reynolds, age 91, of Auburn, Alabama, died Sunday, August 21, 2016. Sarah was born on August 7, 1925, in Elmore County, Alabama, to parents Lester Johnston Avant and Grace Truman Harrington Avant. She graduated from Sidney Lanier High

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College Sailing Spotlight: Auburn University

Sailing World

Date: 8/22/2016 1:33:00 PM

The distinction they make between the racing and recreational sides of the club is unique. The team sails out of the Dixie Sailing Club on Lake Martin, an hour from campus. The long drive forces the sailors to plan their practices and events carefully

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Mr. Jimmy “ Hot Dog “ Howard

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 8/22/2016 9:53:00 AM

He was preceded in death by his parents Pete and Sally Howard Mr. Howard was a life long resident of Dadeville, Alabama. He retired from the ABC Store in Dadeville, Al. and later on retired from Dadeville Health Care in Dadeville, Al. Mr. Howard is

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Howard, Jimmy

Opelika-Auburn News

Date: 8/20/2016 10:09:00 PM

He was preceded in death by his parents Pete and Sally Howard. Mr. Howard was a life long resident of Dadeville, Alabama. He retired from the ABC Store in Dadeville, Al. and later on retired from Dadeville Health Care in Dadeville, Al. Mr. Howard is

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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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