Lake Martin, Alabama

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Lake Martin is a beautiful boating destination located in Tallapoosa, Elmore, and Coosa counties in Alabama. This 44,000-acre reservoir features 750 miles of wooded shoreline and was once the largest man-made body of water in the world.

Lake Martin is named after Thomas Martin, former president of Alabama Power Company.

Still one of the largest man-made lakes in the United States, Lake Martin is a popular recreation area for swimming, boating, water skiing, camping, and golfing.

The surrounding Russell Forest comprises 25,000 acres of lush hardwoods and pines, intermittent streams, native wildlife and more than 100 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.

Lake Martin hosts many events throughout the year, including fishing tournaments, an Independence Day fireworks show, and the Alexander City Jazz Festival, an annual event every June in downtown Alexander City and at the Lake Martin Amphitheater.

Lake Martin includes many popular attractions, including eagles nests, sand beaches, restaurants, camping areas, and popular islands.

The lake has several landmarks, such as the Smith Mountain Fire Tower, 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.