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A MONTH IN HISTORY: Impeachment and weather have been issues discussed by residents of Tallapoosa County in history

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 1/23/2020 8:27:00 AM

Apparently they were a little late in trying to acquire their normal spot in Florida. The New York City college trained near Kowaliga and students noted the clean water and air. The clear air and

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Cleaning up roadsides a family affair for Collaris

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 1/22/2020 7:46:00 AM

They don’t do it because it’s forced but because they genuinely care and take pride in where they live. Collari’s family is just one example of a group that makes it a top priority to keep Lake Martin

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Lake Martin Young Professionals annual polar plunge still going strong 5 years later

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 1/21/2020 10:13:00 AM

For the fifth year it was held at Kowaliga Restaurant. “I thought it was another successful event,” Thompson said. “The enthusiasm and enjoyment was very present. We picked up some new members and a

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Lake Martin Animal Shelter sees less pets euthanized and more adopted

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 1/15/2020 9:38:00 PM

Lake Martin Animal Shelter's adoption numbers doubled the average percentage in 2019. It's euthanasia rate was at a low of 25%

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Lake Martin Animal Shelter sees less pets euthanized, more adopted in 2019

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 1/15/2020 5:02:00 PM

Lake Martin Animal Shelter director Mia Chandler has some good news, as local pet adoptions are up and the euthanasia rate is down because of pet sterilization. The shelter ended 2019 on a high note

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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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