Lake Martin

ALABAMA


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488.89 FEET
2/25/2020
Full Pool: 491.0
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Lockdown lifted at Lake Martin Community Hospital

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 2/24/2020 2:06:00 PM

Lake Martin Community Hospital in Dadeville has lifted a lockdown it was under for about 30 minutes Monday morning. According to Dadeville Police Department Lt. Chance Hunt, hospital employees said

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UPDATES: Boys & Girls Club reopens, more

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 2/21/2020 8:17:00 PM

The Boys & Girls Club of the Lake Martin area reopened this week after resolving a liability insurance issue. During the two-plus weeks the club was closed, children in the program were housed and

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COMING SOON: Axe throwing business hopes to open in March

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 2/21/2020 9:24:00 AM

“I feel like we have an adventurous community. I think it will be a great for Alexander City and the Lake Martin community.” Walton hopes the business will get bigger and he and Spencer can open a

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Technology has changed how the world works today

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 2/19/2020 9:51:00 AM

In the early days of the 20th century, it took all day to make a trip to any of the four towns around Lake Martin: Dadeville, Alexander City, Tallassee or Wetumpka. Of course there was no Lake Martin

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Wedding expo set for Sunday

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 2/19/2020 9:15:00 AM

As local brides and grooms search for some old, new, borrowed and blue things, hopefully they can find some of that at the Lake Martin Wedding Expo on Sunday. Benefiting the Lake Martin Area United

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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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