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Lake Martin

When Alabama Power impounded the Tallapoosa River with Martin Dam in 1926, it created what was then the largest reservoir in the world. At 44,000 acres, this lake covers three counties and has over 750 miles of shoreline. Lake Martin immediately became popular for boating, skiing, fishing, swimming, camping, and golfing. Today, Lake Martin boasts fishing tournaments and a huge Fourth-of-July fireworks show to entertain its hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

This lake has become a popular weekend retreat for the elite from Montgomery, Birmingham, and Atlanta. You'll see mansions and yachts as well as PWC and pontoon boats on this lake, especially on busy weekends. Bama Park Resort is very active, and this spot is noted for a new annual event, "AquaPalooza," a mix of boats and music.


Lake Martin is a clear water reservoir that is basically infertile, but possibilities exist to find a state record fish. In 2000, Jeremy White pulled in a four-pound nine-ounce white crappie. He beat the 1974 record for that fish out of Guntersville Reservoir by one ounce.

Anglers are encouraged to harvest smaller fish so that larger fish have more available bait feed. A wide variety of fish species are found here, including largemouth, spotted, striped, and white bass, crappie, catfish, bluegill and redear sunfish. Yellow perch recently have made an appearance in this watershed.


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    Lake Martin Alabama Coordinates:
32.6803N -85.9108W
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Surface Area:
44,000 acres
Maximum Depth:
150 ft
490 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
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Although weekends can be busy on this lake, boaters and anglers can find some out-of-the-way spots. A few islands dot the reservoir, including Goat Island, located north of Martin Dam. A family of goats has taken up residence here. Cemetery Island contains a small country graveyard dated before the construction of this impoundment. Wood's Island is connected to the mainland by a land bridge that is accessible only during low water periods.

Included in the links listed below is a list of five public access boat ramps. Four of those ramps are located at Tallapoosa and one is in Elmore, located on the west side of the lake. Alabama Power also maintains two public access ramps on Blue Creek near Union and at D.A.R.E. Park. Alexander City operates a ramp north of the U.S. Hwy 280 bridge, and Tallapoosa County maintains two ramps -- one between the dam and Wind Creek State Park and one upstream from that park. Marinas are dotted around the lake near Alexander City, Dadeville, or Tallassee.


Wind Creek State Park spans approximately 1,445 acres along Lake Martin's northeastern shoreline near Alexander City. This park boasts the largest state-operated campground in the U.S. with 626 sites. Over 100 of those sites are located on the waterfront. This campground also contains a marina, store, fishing pier, and other activities for the family.

if you'd prefer other accommodations, you can find hotels, motels, resorts, cabin and other short-term rentals all along the lake, and especially at Alexander City, Dadeville, and Tallassee. Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Lake Martin covers parts of Tallapoosa, Elmore, and Coosa Counties, and some towns that exist along the lake include Alexander City, Dadeville, and Tallassee. It is a little over 33 miles to travel from Montgomery to Tallassee, located at the southernmost portion of Lake Martin. Alexander City to the north of the lake and Tallassee also have municipal airports.

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