When does the Water Level go down on Lake Martin?

Lake Martin Water LevelWhen does the water go down?  Does this house have water year round?  

I hear this a lot.  When people are looking for homes or a lot on Lake Martin, they soon learn that the lake’s water level fluctuates.  Depending on your preferences, this might affect where on the lake you choose to be.  If you are not aware of the lake level’s changes, it may affect how happy you are with your purchase.  If you want to be able to take a New Year’s Eve boat ride, you will be disappointed if you are high and dry with no water in the winter.  Or, maybe you prefer a quiet cove off of the main thoroughfare.  In that case, don’t over pay for a place that doesn’t fit your needs.  You need to learn a little about Lake Martin in order to make the right decision. 

Why does the lake level go up and down?  First, you need to know that Lake Martin was created back in then 1920s when the company that is now Alabama Power dammed the Tallapoosa River.  The Tallapoosa River joins the Coosa River to form the Alabama River near Montgomery.  The Alabama flows all the way to Mobile Bay, and is a navigable river. The Alabama River must maintain a certain level so that barges can move up and down it.   

So, part of the reason the Martin Dam exists is to ensure that the Alabama has a certain amount of water flow.  Since Alabama Power owns the dam, they (with permission of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) decide how to regulate the water level.  So how does this affect your lake house?

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Alabama Blogger Carnival – June 25, 2007

The Alabama Bloggers must be at the beach for the summer, because we only got 3 submissions this week. Kudos to those who checked in with the office to get it done.

Sniper One has been busy – two submissions in one week. I guess his spotter is helping him reload quickly. In his first post, Sniper One presents Pakistan Honors Osama In Response To Rushdie Knighthood posted at “7.62mm Justice” . As always, he pulls no punches.

His second post is entitled “Jimmy Peanut: Stop Supporting Fatah over Hamas. Alas, I cannot supply a link here because he gets a little blue. You can read it at “7.62mm Justice” . I understand and recognize the Sniper’s free speech rights, but the Voice has language restrictions a tad more modest than the barracks or gun range. But, an interesting article at any rate.

Moving on, Nicki presents Red Cross puts social networking and online tools to good use posted at The Birthplace of the Process of Illogical Logic. I have never read her blog before this, and I welcome her to the blogosphere.

Next week – click here to see who the next host of the Alabama Bloggers Carnival will be.

Thanks!

Lake Martin Links You Can’t Live Without

Here are some great websites for the Lake Martin area that you may find useful:

LakeMartin.com– a great site for what’s going on now.

Utilities:

1. Cable TV / Cable Access Internet

  • Charter serves Tallapoosa County
  • ComLink Inc serves Elmore County by Kowaliga 800-722-2805

2. Land Line Phone / DSL Internet

  • Windstream serves the Eclectic and Kowaliga Areas
  • BellSouth (soon to be AT&T) serves pretty much everywhere else

3. Power – Alabama Power serves everything (Hey – what’s the use of building Lake Martin if you can’t serve all of the power to the area?)

4. Water –

5. Trash / Waste Removal