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Lake Martin Alabama

Lake Martin is located in Tallapoosa County, Elmore County, and Coosa County in Alabama. It is a 44,000 acre (178 km) lake with over 750 miles (1,200 km) of wooded shoreline. An artificial reservoir, Lake Martin 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 was begun in 1923 and completed in 1926, creating what was then the largest man-made body of water in the world. Originally known as Cherokee Bluffs for the geological formation upon which it was built, the dam was renamed in 1936 in honor of Thomas Martin, the then president of Alabama Power Company.

One of the largest artificial lakes in the United States, Lake Martin is a popular recreation area for swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, camping, and golfing. Many waterfront neighborhoods and luxury homes are located on Lake Martin. The cities of Alexander City and Dadeville are located nearby.

Lake Martin hosts many events throughout the year, including fishing tournaments and a giant fireworks show on the Fourth of July to celebrate Independence Day. Also included is the Alexander City Jazz Festival which has hosted such acts as Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Los Lonely Boys, and Amanda Shaw. This yearly event is hosted every June in downtown Alexander City as well as on Lake Martin at the Lake Martin Amphitheatre.

Lake Martin includes many popular attractions, including several small islands. The lake has several landmarks, such as the Kowaliga Bridge, Willow Point Country Club, with a golf course and several marinas.

Lake Martin has become a weekend getaway for many of Birmingham, Montgomery and even Atlanta's elite, especially in the areas of Willow Point, Parker Creek, Trillium, Kowaliga and The Ridge. Many exclusive multi-million dollar residences are located in these areas. One of the most famous being the founder and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HealthSouth Corporation, Richard M. Scrushy's home located in the Willow Point development of Parker Creek. The home was built in 1998 and along with a guest/boathouse that together contains over 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2). HealthSouth bought the home in late 2009 for $7.4 million as part of a $2.8 billion civil judgement against Scrushy for the fraud he directed at HealthSouth from 1997 until 2003. Many other Chief Executive Officer's from Birmingham and Atlanta have homes on the lake.

 

 

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