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McLeroy, Amber Coggin

Opelika-Auburn News

Date: 10/20/2018 10:00:00 PM

1947-2018 Amber Coggin McLeroy of Opelika, was born in Alexander City, Alabama on April 19, 1947 and passed away at Arbor Springs on October 17, 2018. She was 71 years old. She was a member of First B

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Floyd, Jr., Robert Cecil "Bob"

Opelika-Auburn News

Date: 10/18/2018 10:00:00 PM

Aug. 20, 1928 - Oct. 14, 2018 Memorial Service for Robert Cecil "Bob" Floyd, Jr., 90, of Alexander City, Alabama will be Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 3:00 PM at the Chapel of Radney Funeral Home. Rev

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Wind Creek holding annual Fall Festival this weekend

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 10/18/2018 9:33:00 AM

One of the busiest weekends of the year at Wind Creek State Park is coming up, as the park prepares for its 12th annual Fall Festival celebration this Saturday. “All of our 586 campsites have been boo

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OUR VIEW: Lots of events to enjoy this week

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 10/17/2018 2:55:00 PM

Summer may be the busiest time of the year in the Lake Martin area, but just because temperatures have dropped and the leaves have started turning colors, there is still plenty to do around town and t

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Economic development alliance thanks area manufacturers

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 10/13/2018 1:36:00 PM

Leaders from area manufacturers gathered Friday morning not to talk business, but to enjoy a bite of breakfast from the Lake Martin Area Economic Development Alliance (LMAEDA) while celebrating Manufa

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• River: Tallapoosa River
• Length: 880 Miles
• Surface Area: 41,150 Acres
• Volume: 1,622,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 2,984 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 41 Feet
• Length: 31 Miles
Lake Martin is a man-made reservoir located in Tallapoosa, Elmore and Coosa counties in Alabama on the Tallapoosa River. It 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. 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 (which erroneously recognized the historic indigenous people of the area), the dam was renamed in 1936 in honor of Thomas Martin, the then-president of Alabama Power Company.

One of the largest man made lakes in the United States, Lake Martin is a popular recreation area for swimming, boating, fishing, 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, and Eclectic are nearby.

Lake Martin hosts many events throughout the year, including fishing tournaments, a fireworks show on the Fourth of July, and the Alexander City Jazz Festival, an annual event every June in downtown Alexander City and at the Lake Martin Amphitheatre.

Lake Martin includes many popular attractions, including eagles nest, natural sand beaches, restaurants, camping areas and popular islands. The lake has several landmarks, such as the Kowaliga Bridge, and several marinas, but perhaps the most recognized landmark on the lake is Chimney Rock, a large rock formation that resembles a chimney. Chimney Rock is located several hundred yards away; the formation which most people call Chimney Rock is Acapulco Rock. The area was the Tallapoosa River gorge before Martin Dam was built, and the water is more than 150 feet deep. The spot is visited by thousands of boaters yearly, who park in front of "The Rock" to watch people climb up 60 feet and jump off into the water.

Lake Martin has become a weekend getaway for many of Birmingham, Montgomery and even Atlanta's elite.

Alabama has a lake of a similar name, the Logan Martin Lake on the Coosa River, but Lake Martin and Logan Martin Lake are not part of the same river system.
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