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Renew Our Rivers – Lake Martin / Tallapoosa River clean up days are Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th.
Come one – come all! Help keep Lake Martin beautiful! Every year the Renew our Rivers event gives you the opportunity to make a difference. Volunteers assist in roadside and lake shoreline cleanup.
Volunteers should report at 8 a.m. each day to the Wind Creek Park Marina, Kowaliga Boat Ramp or the Blue Creek Marina.
According to John Thompson (one of the organizers of the event) over 290 volunteers were involved last year to fill more than 400 bags which weighed over 6 1/2 tons! How about those numbers? (Click here to read more about Renew our Rivers 2015)
Renew our Rivers 2016 for our area is coordinated by Alabama Power, the Lake Martin Resource Association, Russell Lands, Advanced Disposal, Wind Creek State Park and TowBoatUS Lake Martin.
Like a lot of people, I love to check out how Lake Martin home buyers renovate their waterfront homes after the purchase.
I was really excited earlier this summer when I stopped by a lake home in the north Lake Martin area that I had sold a few years ago. The young couple who bought it wanted me to see the results of their remodeling job. They renovated the bedrooms upstairs, and really put a number on the basement!
And wow – the basement (aka lake level) had been transformed! Sometimes the word “basement” makes us think of a dark, damp and dreary space – sort of scary. Nothing scary here!
The previous owners had used the area for storage. While it was easy to see the potential for this large space it would not be an easy project even for the handiest DIYer or professional contractor, yet the buyers performed most of the work themselves. From design to installation of some tricky sheetrock and carpentry, this was almost 100% their remodeling work!
With this renovated lake level area the homeowners have probably doubled the size of their home. They added a finished bedroom in the space and a bright family room with its own door to the lake side deck. The existing bathroom was updated and expanded. The interior stairs were improved and made more user friendly.
The exterior also received some updating. The old single garage door was removed and replaced with two custom wood, barn style faux doors that look amazing and really add to the lake appeal of the home.
Don’t just take my word for it – look at these before and after photos below!
By the way, if you are looking for a contractor or subcontractor to help you with a remodel, renovation, or new construction around Lake Martin, CONTACT ME HERE and I would be glad to make some recommendations.
What fire department responds to your house in Lake Martin?
The answer is – it depends. Why? Several reasons – Lake Martin is located in 3 counties (Tallapoosa, Elmore and Coosa), the Lake has about 880 miles of shoreline and there are several nearby cities (Alexander City, Dadeville, Jackson’s Gap and Eclectic).
But if you have an emergency call 911! Don’t call me to ask what fire district you are in!
Alabama Power’s Shoreline Management staff is hosting a Public Education Open House on Friday, October. 21. The event will be held from 11 to 2 in the Creekside Lodge Event Center in Dadeville.
Shoreline Management staff will discuss how the permitting process works for shoreline structures such as boat houses, docks/piers and seawalls, and answer any questions. Lunch will be provided.
This will be a great way to learn about the shoreline permitting at Lake Martin. Hope to see you there!
Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail Association (CRATA) will hold a Black Bear Awareness Meeting on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the Red Hill Community Center (aka Old Red Hill School house – 3558 Red Hill Road, Tallassee).
Mr. Daniel Powell, a spokesman with the Alabama Black Bear Alliance (ABBA), will be the guest speaker. ABBA’s goal is to “…work cooperatively and voluntarily for the conservation of the black bear in Alabama through research, education, and habitat management.” Mr. Powell lives in Washington County where there is a sizable population of the black bear.
According to Mr. Powell, black bears are expanding their territory into central Alabama. It is important for us to have as much information as possible about the expansion of the black bear and its impact in the communities near Lake Martin.
Click here to read a story published in the Alex City Outlook from June of this year about black bears sighted in the Lake Martin area.
With several local sightings around the Lake Martin area recently, this sounds like a good meeting for us folks around the Lake to attend.
I have seen a few black bears in the wild in my lifetime. The first time I ever saw one, I was working in Yellowstone National Park one summer after my freshman year in college. I wasn’t too impressed by black bears back then. I think it was because: 1.) I was too young and too dumb to have proper reverence and 2.) I was extremely scared of grizzlies, and maybe black bears paled in comparison.
I also have seen some in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park when trout fishing with my friends Ian and Charity Rutter at R&R Fly Fishing. Maybe I was old enough to appreciate them, or maybe the Rutters did a good job of explaining the bear’s part in the ecosystem to me, but I was fascinated to see them.
It fires me up that there’s a decent possibility that black bears will return to the Lake Martin area. They were once an apex predator around here, like the striped bass in the water. Let’s hope and pray that we humans handle the bears’ return in a responsible way.
A reminder for you to take advantage of the free Driving and Docking Clinics being offered by Singleton Marine at Blue Creek Marina – lots of dates remaining! I wouldn’t want you to miss the boat!
Blue Creek Marina is located at 7280 Hwy. 49 (aka Stillwaters Hwy.) in Dadeville. Click here for the Google Maps location.
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September is a magical month here at Lake Martin. I love it. The water is still pretty warm, but the nights are cool. Not even the oldest of codgers complain about boat traffic, because there is none. One other factor gets me really fired up about Lake Martin life in the fall: striped bass fishing!
I’m on a continuing quest to figure out how to reliably catch striped bass on my fly rod here at Lake Martin. I have learned a lot over the past few years, mostly by error. One huge thing I have learned is that step one is to find the fish. That may sound pretty simple, but to me it is the biggest element of the game.
That’s why I always pay attention to David Hare’s striped bass reports. David is the owner and head guide at Alex City Guide Service. Although he is primarily a bait fisherman, no one on the Lake knows the striped bass patterns better than he does.
Please see his report for October below.
I also pay close attention to David’s Facebook page.
If any reader out there has some good tips for me to catch them on my fly rod, please let me know!!
Water Level 487.8 ( full pool 491.00)
Surface Temp / 84º–89º
Clarity / Very Clear
October will be (if the past holds true) another awesome numbers game. There will be lots of stripers and bass caught this month with the water temps cooling down. Not only will you be able to catch these fish trolling and live baiting, you will also be able to catch some on top schooling.
Remember October is a transition time and you’re most likely to find fish most anywhere on the Lake.
No matter what species you enjoy targeting you can normally have a good time in October.
If you don’t know Lake Martin or you just had rather hire a guide to increase your chances of a fun day on the water then give us a call at 256-401-3089 and we will take care of the rest.
Capt David Hare
Do people stay at Lake Martin for Auburn games? I believe the answer is YES. The Lake is a such a short drive to Jordan-Hare Stadium.
According to an article published earlier this month in Alex City Outlook (click here to read) Auburn home football games make a big impact on the economy around the Lake Martin area. Local merchants, businesses and restaurants report increased revenue for home game weekends.
And rentals at Lake Martin are popular for football weekends – enjoy the game in Auburn on Saturday and the Lake on Sunday! What could be better? (besides a winning season).
Even if you don’t plan on going to the Auburn football game, if you are coming to look at waterfront real estate, it affects you, too. As an example, I recently had a couple from Atlanta coming in to look at some homes and lots on Lake Martin. They happened to be coming on a football weekend, and hadn’t made any reservations. Most of the local hotels around the Lake were booked up! So it always pays to think ahead, even if you are not a football fan.
Since we are talking about Auburn and Lake Martin … were you one of the few that missed Auburn’s kicker, Daniel Carlson’s, Instagram video from this summer? He and teammate Will Hastings were at Lake Martin “working hard in the offseason.” Click here to see the video and read the article from AL.com.
Whether or not you Roll with the Tide, yell Waaarrr Eagle, scream Go Vols, support the Bulldogs (Mississippi State or Georgia), geaux with the Tigers, get fired up about the Gators, Gamecocks, Razorbacks, Rebel Black Bears or any other team – enjoy the Fall with Faith, Family, Friends and Football!
The Wakeboard Clinic at Blue Creek Marina this summer was fun! If you hear about one of these events at the Lake – GO! It is the perfect activity for a warm summer day and the clinic is open for all levels of experience.
And in case you were wondering – the answer is no, that is not me showing off my awesome wakeboarding skills. But my sons did learn some new acrobatic maneuvers and we want to say a big THANK YOU to Singleton Marine on Lake Martin for hosting the Liquid Force Wakeboard Demo Clinic at their location – Blue Creek Marina.
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Thanks again to Singleton Marine – Blue Creek Marina!
Come have some great family fun at the Cornhole Tournament being held at The Landing at Parker Creek – Lake Martin on Labor Day Monday, September 5th at Noon!
Two ways to sign up – Sign up here
or at The Landing!
No entry free!
Cash prizes awarded per team! 1st place – $200, 2nd place $100, 3rd place $50!
What? You’ve never played cornhole? Just learn a few cornhole terms and you will be yelling “Let’s toss some!” before you know it. For starters a slider is when the bean bag (or bag filled with corn) slides into the hole. A swish is when the bag lands straight into the hole. A Sally is a toss made a little too short – it lands on the ground before reaching the actual board. And an Eddie the Eagle is when the bag goes beyond the board without hitting the board. Oops.
Let me end on this note – like Herb Winches, owner of The Landing and longtime Birmingham sportscaster likes to say, “Hit ’em straight!”