I have listed some of my favorite and most interesting facts about Lake Martin. If you are a Lake Martin property owner or searching for property, these are “must know facts”. If you have an interesting fact to share about Lake Martin please leave a comment below.
Lake Martin Alabama Facts
- Construction of the Thomas Wesley Martin Dam, on the Tallapoosa River created Lake Martin
- Approximately 41,150 acres are covered when the reservoir is full.
- Lake Martin has more than 880 miles of shoreline, making it the largest man-made lake in Alabama.
- When Lake Martin was created, it was the largest man-made lake in the world. Yes, you read that correctly.
- Martin Dam is roughly 168-feet high and stretches 2,000 feet across the Tallapoosa River gorge at Cherokee Bluffs.
- The water depth at the dam is 155 feet.
- 12 cemeteries containing 923 graves were relocated prior to building Lake Martin dam.
- Land clearing began in July 1923.
- The dam includes 431,000 yards of concrete and was completed when the gates closed in 1926.
- Lake Martin did not fill completely until April 23, 1928.
- The total floodgate capacity is 3,016,000 gallons per minute.
- In 1926 the dam was named for Alabama Power president, Thomas Wesley Martin, but was not dedicated officially until 1936.
Also, I created a page of Frequently Asked Questions about Lake Martin in a Q & A format. These are more questions that I am asked as a Realtor.
There is also a page of Frequently Asked Questions about Lake Martin in a Q&A format.
Some of the above facts were from the Encyclopedia of Alabama.