Lake Martin is located just two hours by car from Atlanta, Georgia, 1 hour from Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama. In addition Lake Martin is located a mere 30-minute drive from Auburn, Alabama. The proximity of Auburn relative to the lake makes for an easy commute to weekend ball games and other sporting events making it easy to enjoy a Lake Martin home throughout the year.
Lake Martin is a 44,000-acre freshwater lake with over 750 miles of shoreline. Lake Martin is surrounded by old growth forest—located 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 Martin—and the one below it, Yates Lake—are 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.
Residents of 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 Lake Martin area until 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.