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Lake Martin, Alexander City

#26 of 63 in Nature in Alabama
Lake Martin is located in Tallapoosa, Elmore and Coosa counties in Alabama. It is a 44,000-acre (178 kmĀ²) 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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  • Lake Martin is the cleanest prettiest lake in the Southern states that I have been to. we have come to this lake since 2005. It is still the best---anyehere you go on lake is a beautiful area.  more »
  • The lake was beautiful and there are historic spots to visit. Kayaking and boating was wonderful! The water at Chimney and Accopluco Rock was clear and cool. There were spots to tie off your boat...  more »

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