Martin Lake, AL
Lake Size: 31 mi (50 km)
Shoreline Length (Miles): 743 mi (1,196 km)
Deepest Depth: 150 ft (46 m)
Lake Level Above Sea Level: 490 feet
Counties: Coosa, Elmore, Tallapoosa
Cities: Coosa, Elmore, Tallapoosa
Information: Construction was begun in 1923 and completed in 1926, creating what was then 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.
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| One of the largest artificial lakes in the United States, Lake Martin is a popular recreation area for swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, camping, and golfing. Many waterfront neighborhoods and luxury homes are located on Lake Martin. The cities of Alexander City and Dadeville are located nearby. |
|Lake Martin hosts many events throughout the year, including fishing tournaments and a giant fireworks show on the Fourth of July to celebrate Independence Day. Also included is the Alexander City Jazz Festival which has hosted such acts as Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Los Lonely Boys, and Amanda Shaw. This yearly event is hosted every June in downtown Alexander City as well as on Lake Martin at the Lake Martin Amphitheatre.|
|Lake Martin is located in Tallapoosa County, Elmore County, and Coosa County in Alabama. It is a 44,000 acre (178 km²) lake with over 750 miles (1,200 km) of wooded shoreline. An artificial reservoir, Lake Martin 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.
USA Today nominated best lake in America: A floating armada of pontoon boats—better known as "party barges"—is evidence that happy hour, at least on Lake Martin, should last the better part of a long summer afternoon. Alabamians are lake people, and this is their summit, with cliff-jumping contests at Chimney Rock and outdoor weddings at the open-air Church in the Pines.|