Lake Martin

ALABAMA


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489.31 FEET
7/26/2016
Full Pool: 491.0
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Gravette, Edge

Opelika-Auburn News

Date: 7/23/2016 11:05:00 PM

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Miles Gravette of Dadeville, Alabama are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Joanna Elizabeth Gravette to Mitchell Tyler Edge of LaFayette, Alabama

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Activities at Wind Creek highlight Sun Festival opening weekend

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 7/22/2016 6:53:00 AM

Sun Festival, Alexander City’s eight-day celebration of summer, kicks off this weekend highlighted by a full day of activities at Lake Martin’s Wind Creek State Park on Sunday. “The whole focus of Sun Festival is to highlight Alex City as a whole

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Todd Clark named realtor of year by LMRA

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 7/22/2016 1:00:00 AM

Todd Clark was a bit surprised to be named realtor of the year by the Lake Martin Realtors Association Thursday night. After all Clark is used to helping solve problems between members as president of the Multiple Listing Service Board in the organization

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Envirnmental Lunch & Learn next Tuesday

The Randolph Leader

Date: 7/20/2016 8:51:00 AM

She will share information on Wolf Creek, the Little Tallapoosa River and potential upcoming projects for Randolph County. Please join us for this informal educational chamber event. Reservations can be made by calling the chamber office at 334-863-1402 or

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Tarzan Boat makes big splash in its Lake Martin debut

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 7/20/2016 6:19:00 AM

A little bit of the jungle has come to Lake Martin as a floating aquatic playground known as a Tarzan Boat made a big splash at its debut last weekend. The boat that features slides, a rope swing, trampolines, platform dives and a massive sun deck opened

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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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