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Lake Martin is a 44,000-acre freshwater lakerimmed with over 750 miles of old growth forestlocated in the heart of the southern Appalachians of East Central Alabama.  It is one of the cleanest and largest man-made lakes in the United States.  It was formed as a result of the construction of Martin Dam on the Tallapoosa River by the Alabama Power Company in the early 1920s.

During the earliest days of reservoir development, the dendritic drainage patterns of numerous stream channels and creeks were slowly filled to pool level by the rising waters from the floor of the ancient river valley.  The waters of the Tallapoosa River System now bring power to many homes and businesses throughout the region, while at the same time creating a vast man-made lake offering home sites and recreational opportunities to thousands in the Lake Martin Area.

The lake now serves as a major recreational feature in Alabama.  One of the most popular ways to enjoy the beauty of Lake Martin is to play a round of golf or practice your swing at one of the many driving ranges in the area.  Numerous public, private and semi-private clubs are available, all featuring scenic meandering fairways and rolling topography nestled in a rich wooded setting.  Two of the area courses are situated on the lake.

Lake Martin is also a regional attraction for swimming, canoeing, boating, fishing, skiing, camping and tennis enthusiasts of all ages.  Lake Martinand the one below it, Yates Lakeare very well known for fly-fishing for Bluegill Bream, Largemouth Bass and Stripers.  In addition to fly fishing, there is also excellent trolling, jigging, drifting and live-bait fishing in Lake Martin, where hefty catches of Bluegill Bream, Kentucky Spotted Bass, Carp, Blue Catfish, Largemouth Bass and Crappie are common. The area also offers wet and dry boat storage, docking and fueling facilities.  Numerous full-service marinas are available for year-round use on the lake.

Lake Martin is located just two hours by car from Atlanta, Georgia, 90 minutes from Birmingham, Alabama and under an hour from Montgomery, Alabama.  In addition, Auburn, Alabamahome for the War Eagles of Auburn Universityis located a mere 30-minute drive from the winding shoreline of this vast surface water feature.  The proximity of Auburn relative to the lake makes for an easy commute to weekend ball games and other sporting events throughout the year.

The area’s cost of living is below the national average and unemployment has historically been considered low and relatively stable.  These attributes and other featured attractions mentioned above have traditionally complimented the favorable and growing economics of the area.  Residents in east-central Alabama know all about the breathtaking scenery, overwhelming charm and abundance of wildlife, yet the surrounding communities have somehow kept it a closely-guarded secret to many outside the area until recently being rated a five-star retirement spot in several prominent sources, including Kiplinger’s magazine and the Wall Street Journal.  Despite the area's increasing notoriety, Lake Martin will likely remain one of Alabama's prized natural treasures for many decades to come.  It will most certainly continue to serve as a peaceful recreational area for those who live here, as well as an occasional weekend "get-a-way" for those subjected to the daily grind of the hectic metropolitan lifestyle.

LAKE MARTIN AREA

2 HOURS FROM ATLANTA  ·  1.5 HOURS FROM BIRMINGHAM  ·  1 HOUR FROM MONTGOMERY

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DIRECTIONS TO LAKE MARTIN AREA

The Lake Martin Area is accessed directly via U.S. Highway 280, which extends between Birmingham and Auburn/Opelika.  From Atlanta, take I-85 South to Opelika and then proceed north on Hwy-280 toward Dadeville or Alexander City.  From Birmingham, take Hwy-280 South to Alexander City or Dadeville.  From Montgomery, take I-85 North to Opelika and proceed north on Hwy-280 to Dadeville or Alexander City. For more specific driving directions from your location, try using an Internet mapping service such as Yahoo Maps, Expedia or MapQuest.

 


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