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Lake Martin group hosts polar plunge event

Opelika-Auburn News

Date: 1/14/2017 6:51:00 PM

A crowd of people gathered at Kowaliga Restaurant for the Lake Martin Young Professional's Polar Plunge event Saturday where some brave children and adults plunged into the cold water at Kowaliga Beach. The second annual event was started as a fundraiser

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UGA Committed To Shedding Light on Water War

Southeast AGNET

Date: 1/13/2017 2:18:00 PM

The problem is that there is not enough water to satisfy every each state. Georgia and Alabama are fighting over control of the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin. Florida, Georgia and Alabama are battling over the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River

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Lake Martin Polar Plunge set for Saturday

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 1/13/2017 9:25:00 AM

Lake Martin area residents and visitors alike can take the Polar Plunge this Saturday at the Kowaliga Restaurant followed by a lunch, with proceeds set to go to the Lake Martin Area Resource Association. Alexander City Chamber of Commerce Vice President of

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Ashton Shepherd to perform at Rodeo Club

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 1/12/2017 8:11:00 AM

We just need the support of local people to make it happen. Tickets are available for $15 in advance at the Rodeo Club and Kowaliga Country. The will also be available at the door for $20. There are also VIP packages available. “The VIP package includes

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There’s no one to blame for Bama’s loss to Clemson

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 1/11/2017 4:14:00 AM

Instead, use your normally condemning hand to pat Clemson on the back. They deserve the glory. Luke Robinson is a local resident, a regular sports columnist for The Outlook and the president of the Lake Martin Bama Club

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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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