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Lake Martin, Alexander City

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#28 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 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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  • I hate to give a negative review , and Lake Martin is a beautiful lake - and surrounding area has alot to offer. But, I would be very careful of renting from beachandlakerentals.com... Besides the.....  more
    I hate to give a negative review , and Lake Martin is a beautiful lake - and surrounding area has alot to offer. But, I would be very careful of renting from beachandlakerentals.com... Besides the.....  more »
  • Such a great place to take the family on vacation that was near Atlanta. Took our 2 sons ages 10 & 8 on a family vacation. The water was super clean and clear! Which is important to myself as I... 
    Such a great place to take the family on vacation that was near Atlanta. Took our 2 sons ages 10 & 8 on a family vacation. The water was super clean and clear! Which is important to myself as I...  more »
  • I live here and the distance from Birmingham and Montgomery is wrong. 2 hours from Birmingham, 1 hour from Montgomery. Also Lake Martin is near Alexander City not by it. Please update and correct... 
    I live here and the distance from Birmingham and Montgomery is wrong. 2 hours from Birmingham, 1 hour from Montgomery. Also Lake Martin is near Alexander City not by it. Please update and correct...  more »

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