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A weekend of music at Russell Crossroads!

Opelika-Auburn News

Date: 5/22/2015 6:13:00 AM

Those of us with Lake Martin in our blood eagerly await the official opening rite of summer — Memorial Day Weekend. Luckily for us, Memorial Day Weekend is almost a week earlier this year — May 23, 24, and 25, and of course Memorial Day on May 26th

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Opelika-Auburn News

Date: 5/21/2015 10:18:00 PM

Online condolences at Linville Memorial Funeral Home Eclectic, Alabama Enter a full name, a last name (confirm the spelling) and/or keywords in the search box. If your search is unsuccessful, try removing the first name

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Mr. William Olney Thornell

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 5/20/2015 11:22:00 AM

Mr. Thornell passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at University of Alabama Hospital. He was born on January 22, 1926 in Elmore County Alabama to Ocie Kyle Thornell and Mable Eugenia Thornton Thornell. Mr. Thornell was a very caring man. He enjoyed

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Bay Pines Marina gets a new life

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 5/20/2015 7:15:00 AM

For those looking for gas on Lake Martin, there is an old friend reopening. Donnie McDaniel of Lakeside Marina at Blue Creek is stepping up to reopen a stop in the middle part of Lake Martin and will bring some of the services from their home on the

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Three generations of Elks

Opelika-Auburn News

Date: 5/19/2015 5:26:00 PM

On April 27, the Auburn Opelika Elks Lodge #1834 initiated Jesse Muckinhorpt, a student at Auburn University and a manger at Niffer's on the Lake at Lake Martin. Jesse Muckinhorpt was honored to have his father, Neil Muckinhorpt of Sharpsburg, Ga

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5/23/2015 - Art On The Lake
5/24/2015 - RXR Festival
5/25/2015 - Memorial Day
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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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