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Lake Martin, Alexander City

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#27 of 62 in Nature in Alabama
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Lake Martin is located in Tallapoosa, Elmore and Coosa counties in Alabama. It is a 44,000-acre (178 km²) reservoir with over 750 miles (1,200 km) of wooded shoreline. Lake Martin is a reservoir, 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, the dam was renamed in 1936 in honor of Thomas Martin, the then-president of Alabama Power Company. Alabama Power and Russell Lands own the majority of the shoreline.
One of the largest man made lakes in the United States, Lake Martin is a popular recreation area for swimming, boating, 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, Jacksons Gap, and Eclectic are nearby.
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  • There isn’t a better lake or place to take a family for vacation than Lake Martin, we just returned from a week long trip and have already booked 7 days in 2021, the lake is beautiful, the homes and.....  more
    There isn’t a better lake or place to take a family for vacation than Lake Martin, we just returned from a week long trip and have already booked 7 days in 2021, the lake is beautiful, the homes and.....  more »
  • My husband and I did some fishing on Lake Martin. It is a beautiful lake. We enjoyed watching the ducks and geese as well as catching lots of fish. 
    My husband and I did some fishing on Lake Martin. It is a beautiful lake. We enjoyed watching the ducks and geese as well as catching lots of fish.  more »

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