Holiday Rains Give Rise to Lake Martin

Several storms throughout the South during the Christmas holidays caused Lake Martin's lake level to rise extremely rapidly.  On New Year's day Lake Martin was close to 490' which is full pool.  For us locals it was a sight to see. 

Alabama Power’s hydro teams have been working closely throughout the holiday with the Army Corps of Engineers to help manage as best as possible the high waters in the Black Warrior, Coosa and Tallapoosa river watersheds.

Alabama Power’s Smith Dam on the Black Warrior; Weiss and Logan Martin dams on the Coosa; and Harris and Martin dams on the Tallapoosa are specifically designed to help manage flows downstream during times of potential flooding. When heavy rains come, the reservoirs behind these dams can store water at levels well above their normal, summer capacity – which is exactly what they’ve been doing during recent days. The company releases the stored water behind the dams in a controlled manner, through its turbines and through dam spillgates, in coordination with the Corps, to help reduce downstream flooding. 

Today Lake Martin is at 487' and dropping.  The hope is to be back at a normal winter level by the end of January.  This should allow enough time to accomplish those dock and shoreline projects everyone had planned before the spring when lake levels typically start to rise.  I'll be glad to take a look at any dock or seawall projects you may need. When the lake levels drop this will definitely be the year to complete your plans.  Always feel free to call me at 334.221.6640.

A Little History

Cherokee Bluffs was one of Tallapoosa County's most famous landmarks. It was also a perfect place to construct the first of four dams on the Tallapoosa River. When it was built, the dam created the world's largest artificial body of water.

Martin Dam, as it was soon known, was dedicated in honor of Thomas Martin, president of Alabama Power Company from 1920 to 1949 and chief executive officer from 1949 to 1963. Martin was instrumental in the development of Alabama Power and a pioneer in the development of the electric system throughout Alabama and the Southeast.

The story of Martin Dam and Martin Lake began as a story of energy. It continues today as a story of flood control, recreation and economic opportunity, irrigation and drinking water, and fish and wildlife habitats. Power was just the beginning.

Martin Reservoir Facts:
Elevation above sea level: 491 feet
Area: 41,150 acres
Shoreline: 880 miles
Length: 31 miles
Maximum depth at dam: 155 feet
Area of watershed draining into reservoir: 3,000 square miles

Hazardous Zones

Hazardous Zones

  1. Swirling water and strong underwater currents at powerhouse intakes.
  2. Strong unpredictable currents, presence of submerged hazards and low visibility upstream of dam spillways and trash gates.
  3. Turbulent discharges from automatically operated turbines.
  4. Cascading spillway discharges, strong unpredictable currents below dam and presence of debris passing over or through dam.
  5. Strong upstream currents in surface waters (reverse flow).
  6. Swift, turbulent waters below spillway gates.
  7. Slippery surfaces on shoreline.
  8. Submerged hazards and rapidly rising waters from turbine or spillway discharge.

Martin Dam Facts:
In service: 12/31/1926
Capacity: Four generators, with a total rating of 55,200 kilowatts
Length: 2,000 feet
Maximum height: 168 feet

Hydro Relicensing

Alabama Power’s operating licenses for its projects are issued for a period ranging from 30-50 years and must be renewed for the company to continue operating its existing hydroelectric developments.

Alabama Power has a great webpage.  Visit them at



MasterCraft Unveils the NXT22

MasterCraft today set the new mark in the entry-level 22-footer category with its NXT22, a larger NXT boat that delivers MasterCraft quality and performance at more accessible prices for cost-conscious buyers. Redefining the performance and features of an entry do-it-all crossover, the NXT22 is bigger, badder and was engineered from the hull-up to perform without compromise across all categories of towsports including wake, slalom and surf.

Building on the success of last year’s NXT20, the bigger, bolder NXT22 offers more on every level. More room, more power, more ballast and more maneuverability, all together adding up to more fun with family and friends. The NXT22 boasts an impressive hit list of highlights that literally blows the competition out of the water.

A roomier, classier party

Designed for those who like to make a head-turning entrance, the boat’s signature pickle-fork bow sets the stage for a spacious lounge complete with ergonomic seating and 14 cup holders, one for every passenger. Bucking the trend in entry-level boat interiors, the NXT22 interior is luxurious and durable, with premium finishes and materials like all MasterCraft boats including billet aluminum details, puncture resistant vinyl and carpeting on the entire liner of the boat. Beyond the cabin feel, an amped up optional sound system rivals those found on other premium models.

More power and options on the water

MasterCraft’s attention to detail and premium operating features are readily apparent from the moment the driver first takes a seat at the helm. The spacious hexagonal layout allows for wide open sightlines and the billet aluminum gauges provide an intuitive interface complete with a 4.3 inch color screen, the only boat in the category to include this as a stock option. The NXT22 also utilizes Zero Off cruise control to regulate the boat’s speed within 100th of a second by incorporating data from satellites and the boat’s own GPS.

The standard powerplant for the NXT22 is a 5.7L Ilmor Marine engine exclusively built for MasterCraft with the option to upgrade to a 6.2L capacity. Built-in, higher quality rotocast hard tanks provide 1,200 pounds of ballast (option to upgrade to 2,000 pounds) allowing for custom-shaped pronounced wakes along with an optional center tab providing for ideal waterskiing conditions. The optional NXT Surf System has been custom-machined for the NXT22 hull to produce perfectly sculpted waves for wakesurfing. After a day on the water, the foldable tower allows for easy garage storage.

MasterCraft quality makes the difference

As opposed to its competitors that simply slap their logo on a knockoff brand, MasterCraft’s NXT entry line of boats are built on the very same U.S.-based assembly lines that manufacture the company’s other award-winning, premium models such as the ProStar, Xstar and the surf-centric X23. The only marine manufacturing facility on the planet to be awarded all three prestigious ISO certifications, MasterCraft stands behind all of its boats with the industry’s only bow-to-stern, five year factory warranty. MasterCraft boats are easy to own and built to last.

MasterCraft recently enlisted the help of the adrenaline-happy Godfrey Clan to put the NXT22 to the test on the waters of Orlando’s Lake Ronix. Their antics included anything from hydroskimming motorcycles to the introduction of frog-infested bounce house towing. Check out their antics with the new NXT22 in today’s video from MasterCraft:

Easily recognizable given its bold, stylish lines and eye-popping color schemes, MasterCraft dealers will begin taking orders for the NXT22 immediately and consumers can begin configuring their “dream boat” at

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