The Lake Martin area is located minutes north of Auburn University, in Auburn, Alabama. It is an hour east of Montgomery, and 90 minutes southeast of Birmingham. The east side of the lake is only 2 hours from the Atlanta, Georgia airport.
In the 1930’s, a dam was built across the Tallapoosa River for flood control, which created this 40,000-acre lake with 700+ miles of shoreline. The main towns on this lake, which touches three counties, are Alexander City and Dadeville, the county seat.
The culture is typically Southern — friendly and gracious. Visitors and newcomers should be expected to be invited to church by the locals.
There are several restaurants in the Dadeville area, which is the home of StillWaters, a golf and lake gated community. One of the restaurants is inside the gates of StillWaters, at the clubhouse. Other restaurants include Oskar’s, Niffer’s on the Lake, The Cove and The Home Plate Cafe.
Alexander City, which is larger than Dadeville, is home to a Wal-Mart and Russell Mills, once the home of Russell Athletic wear. Mills and sewing facilities are still here, along with an outlet store where goods are available at wonderful prices.
There are several gated communities along the lake shore, as well as cabins and year-round homes. The lake is less than 20% occupied, and fishing is excellent. Several fishing organizations have tournaments on this lake. The lake rises and falls with the seasons, and the climate is excellent, having a change of seasons, without being too hot or too cold.