Current Lake Level:
Alabama Power holds a license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to operate Martin Dam. The current license stipulates levels at which Alabama Power must hold the water in the lake throughout the year: 491 mean sea level feet in the summer and 484 mean sea level feet in the winter. One thing that is important to note is that this year the lake level will be lowered an additional 3 feet in order to comply with Alabama Power’s license with FERC. The license was renewed back in 2015-and the updated license says that once every six years, Alabama Power is required to lower the winter operating water level 3 feet below the normal level of 484 feet. This extra 3 feet of drawdown allows more access to the lakebed, and gives residents a chance to complete construction projects and maintenance on shoreline structures. The water level started lowering on October 15th, and by December 31st, it will be at 481. It will be left at that level until February 17, 2022. At that point, Alabama Power will slowly start raising the water levels back toward full summer pool levels again. You can always see the current lake level at anytime here.