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Fun Things To Do Around Lake Martin This Christmas Season

The Lake Martin area is known for being a very special place during the Christmas season. We like to celebrate everything around here, and this happens to be one of our favorite times of the year. The cute little towns on the Hallmark movies have nothing on us, and we invite you to come and check out some of our favorite Christmas things to do this December around Lake Martin! Parades, parties, plays, Christmas lights, visits with Santa, Christmas music, and more! We have it all here! And another awesome thing to note-most of these are FREE! Check out some…

Great Spots For Engagement Photos Around Lake Martin-And Tips For Preparing For Them

Photos By: John Denney Taking your engagement photos is such a fun piece to wedding planning!  It is a time when you and your fiance can cut loose, spend time together, and capture great, professional-quality photos that you can use later for your Save the Dates or even use on your wedding website.  Plus, you will want to have these pictures forever to help remember this wonderful time celebrating your engagement!  The bonus to engagement photos is that they also give you an opportunity to work with your wedding photographer before the big day too, so you can learn different…

Debunking the Myths About the Drawdown of Lake Martin

On October 15th, 2022, the drawdown on Lake Martin will begin.  The “plug” will be pulled, and Lake Martin will start to lower.  It’s kind of like when you pull the plug in a bathtub and the water level starts to decrease-but this bathtub is a 40,000 acre natural wonderland.  The locals are used to this happening every year, but for our friends that are newer to the lake, you may have some preconceived notions about the drawdown, or just not understand it at all.  No worries-we are going to set the record straight on a few myths related to…

6 Fun Things To Do During Fall at Lake Martin

While many associate Lake Martin with summer vibes of swimsuits and flip flops, boating, and taking in all of the great watersports action, there are actually so many fun things to do during the fall at Lake Martin. Many of the locals will tell you that this is actually our favorite time of the year. There is just nothing quite like sitting by the lake with a slight chill in the air, a hot steamy coffee, and the sights of the trees as they begin to make their transformation and show off all of their vibrant colors. While the water…

6 Things You Need To Know Before Your First Tent Camping Experience

This is it!  You’ve decided to take on the big outdoors!  Camping is the perfect way to connect with nature, relax, and unwind – making it one of my favorite pastimes. It can, however, take a few trips to learn the ropes and create a system that works for you.  Here are my secrets and tips, as a seasoned camper, to help you have the absolute best experience on your first camping trip!  1. Plan Ahead-Pack List, Food, and Arrival   Planning is key to a successful and enjoyable camping trip! This will include researching your campground, looking up the…

Lake Martin/Alexander City and Auburn/Opelika’s All in One Ticket

When I travel, I am always looking for ways to save money.  I mean seriously, who doesn’t enjoy being able to experience all an area has to offer, and knowing you got a good deal on it?  It’s a good feeling.  Well I am not one to keep my travel hacks to myself, so I wanted to share with you something cool that I stumbled upon that I thought you may enjoy too.  It’s something that Sweet Home Alabama has put together and it is called the All in One Ticket.  You can enjoy discounts in the Lake Martin area,…

6 Unique Places to Catch a Famous Lake Martin Sunset

Picture this. Your day is coming to an end and you start to reminisce of your time at Lake Martin. The cicadas begin to buzz as the sun lowers behind the horizon, casting its last beams of light into the sky.  You can’t help but stare in awe as a breathtaking Lake Martin sunset unfolds, making it yet again another perfect end to your day.  No matter the season or time of year, Lake Martin is famous for stunning sunsets.  Sometimes you are able to catch the perfect sunset from right where you are staying, as you can see above…

Public Beaches at Lake Martin

Summer is here, and it’s that time of year when you have to look inside yourself and ask the all-important question……..  Are you Team Beach or Team Lake?  How you answer that question could determine the happiness level of your summer vacation.  Those on Team Beach tend to be the ones that love throwing down a blanket, and spending a day catching rays and feeling the warm sun as it bronzes their skin.  These also tend to be the ones that enjoy getting their hands dirty making sandcastles, and splashing along the shorelines with friends and family. Those on Team…

Planning a Family Reunion at Lake Martin

The last couple of years have taught us many things.  One of the main things I have taken away from the pandemic is to treasure the time I have with my loved ones.  I have realized that my family and friends are what truly matters, and if anything, that should be priority over everything else in life.  Our relationships with those we care about are priceless, and have to be nourished.  We have to find ways to enjoy our tribe, have unforgettable experiences, great bonding time, and create opportunities to make awesome memories.  Back in the old days, a family…

Staying at a Cabin on Lake Martin

In a world of hotels and Airbnb’s, there is no shortage of unique places to stay when visiting Lake Martin. However, there is just something charming about sleeping in a cabin while visiting the lake. Here are a couple of unforgettable cabin options for rent on Lake Martin, Alabama. Cabins at Wind Creek State Park  Wind Creek State Park is a beautiful, 1,440 acre land that stretches across the shorelines of Lake Martin, Alabama. Here guests can lay out on the private sandy beach, climb the historic silo, or enjoy endless activities such as ziplining, horseback riding, archery, putt putt,…

5 Free Things To Do At Lake Martin During Spring Break

Take a Hike and Get Started on the Lake Martin Hiking Challenge It is such a beautiful time to be outside enjoying the trails, and we have a variety of them for you to try. They are all unique, and have varying levels of difficulty. Hike just for fun, or start the Lake Martin Hiking Challenge-it is free to participate! If you hike a portion of all of the trails, you will earn a free patch and certificate. Get information on all of the trails, and the downloadable hiking log here. Visit Horseshoe Bend National Military Park This was not…

How To Get Started Birding

Photo Credit: C & G Goss So you like to be out in nature, taking in the fresh air, smelling the flowers, and feeling the sun on your skin? You enjoy the peaceful serenity of it, and maybe it is your exercise outlet also. You may be a hiker, runner, boater, kayaker, or an explorer who just likes to get out and see what treasures you can find in the beautiful outdoors. However, what if I told you there is another awesome hobby you can enjoy simultaneously? If I told you that hobby was birding, I would probably get two…

Top 10 Places To Propose at Lake Martin

Lake Martin is a haven of special memories for many of us. It’s a place where folks come to unwind, create family bonding moments, and tell dock-side stories that last a lifetime. It’s a timeless destination- and no wonder why it would be a perfect choice for your engagement. When thinking of your dream place to propose, it is easy to get stumped on creative ideas. After all, it’s a story you two will share for years to come. And everyone will want to know, “how did you do it?” And I am excited to say, I am writing this…

Why We Love Winter At Lake Martin (And Why This Winter Is Extra Special)

Photo Credit:  Harold Banks   If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you’ve heard the phrase, “Winter is Coming.” Well, winter is here, and at Lake Martin, that is a good thing! It has brought with it a playground full of fun for us self-proclaimed adventurers and explorers. It’s no secret that we in Lake Martin live for those summer days on the lake. We love feeling that warm sun on our skin, and whether we are wakeboarding, skiing, boating, catching Friday on the Green at Russell Crossroads, chilling on the beach at Wind Creek State Park, or just hanging out…

Ringing in the New Year at Lake Martin

Another wonderful year at Lake Martin is coming to an end and there is excitement as a new one is just around the corner. For everyone who is looking to ring in the new year at the lake, here are my suggestions for an unforgettable time this New Year’s Eve! For An Early Bird New Year’s Eve  I have spent many a New Year out celebrating well beyond midnight. But to be honest, some of my favorite ones were spent at home and laying comfortably in bed by the time the ball dropped! This option is for those who still…

December 2021-Lake Martin Fishing Report

Water Level:  482 (as of 12/3/21)  (As the lake level continues to decrease through December, you can always check the current level here.) Surface Temp: 68 Clarity:  Clear With December now on us, we look back for a moment on how great the bite in November was. November never fails to produce large stringers of Lake Martin stripers . Moving forward to the December fishing report, the bite will just continue to be awesome. The striper will be schooled together in huge numbers throughout the lake. I have already been seeing sea gulls gathering here on the lake, which has…

10 Free Things To Do Around Lake Martin This Christmas Season

It would be such an understatement to just say we love Christmas around here.  Although we have a tendency to go all out on most holidays, Christmas is definitely one of our favorites!  You’ve seen the Hallmark movies with the adorable little Christmas towns-well, that’s us!  Fun activities abound around Lake Martin at Christmas time, and many of them are completely free.  Our goal is to help make your holidays even more special, and below is our list of 10 free things that you can do around Lake Martin this Christmas.   1. A Walk Through The Trees At Pennington Park…

Geocaching in the Lake Martin Area

Lake Martin is home to a variety of outdoors activities including hiking, boating, camping… and even the wildly popular treasure hunt, “geocaching”.  Put on your tennis shoes and get out your thinking cap – this “secret” activity will have you hooked for hours of fun! What is Geocaching? Geocaching is a thrilling worldwide scavenger hunt filled with hiking, tracking, and following clues to find secret containers that are hidden all around you.  There is probably a geocache near you right now and you don’t even know it! “Geocaches” are containers that are hidden in plain sight.  They range not only…

2021 Fall Festivities at Lake Martin

Fall is in the air at Lake Martin, Alabama, and we have your ultimate guide to all the must-do fall festivities around the lake! Water levels are dropping, leaves on trees are changing, and the spooky season is just around the corner. Last weekend was Wind Creek State Park’s annual Fall Festival. Guests enjoyed a pumpkin decorating contest, costume parade, trick or treating, and even a campsite decorating contest. It is always the third Saturday of October, and campsites sell out quickly. Reservations have to be made well in advance. There’s still more Fall fun to be had in our…

My Strategy On How To Complete Two Hiking Challenges At One Time

Why Participate In A Hiking Challenge  They say the best exercise you can get is the one that you stick with, and for me it is hiking.  There are plenty of people who love the gym, and if that is what is right for you, do it!  Everyone needs physical activity to stay healthy.  For me though, I get no enjoyment or motivation by being on a treadmill in a gym on a literal road to nowhere- and looking at the back of someone’s head on the row in front of me, who is also on that same road that…

How to Catch Catfish on Lake Martin

When I first moved to Lake Martin last fall, I heard so much about the bass fishing.  If you have ever even heard of Lake Martin in passing, you too have surely heard how well known it is for that.  The lake is home to largemouth, spotted, and striped bass, and anglers come from near and far to fish the waters here in hopes of catching the big one-both recreationally and competitively.  Upon my arrival, I was excited to see how many professional bass fishing tournaments come to Lake Martin for their competitive events.  It is easy to get caught…

Lakefront Dining on Lake Martin

There is no shortage of exceptional and creative dining options at Lake Martin, Alabama! Whether you are looking to hit the water or pull up a chair to endless waterfront views, we’ve got you covered with our guide to lakefront dining options.   Kowaliga Restaurant Located in the Kowaliga Bay near the Highway 63 Bridge, Kowaliga Restaurant is an iconic staple to Lake Martin.  Known for their delicious food and sweeping waterfront views, the restaurant also pays homage to the great Country music legend, Hank Williams. Legend has it that Hank Williams wrote his famous song about the heartbroken Indian,…

A Day on the Lake: Things to See and Do on Lake Martin

While visiting Lake Martin, Alabama, you may be amazed by the amount of scenic destinations, live entertainment, and incredible dining options the lake has to offer. To help ensure you have an unforgettable experience, here is our list of 10 things you need to see and do on the lake to make the memories of a lifetime! Kowaliga Restaurant Poor Ole’ Kaw-liga… Hank Williams fans, this one is for you!   Located in the Kowaliga Bay near the Highway 63 Bridge, the Kowaliga Restaurant is an iconic staple to Lake Martin.  Known for the delicious food and sweeping waterfront views,…

Renting a Boat on Lake Martin

When it comes to hitting the water, there are countless ways to spend your day on Lake Martin.  But what if you don’t have access to a boat?  Bringing your own watercraft is not always an option, so here is a list of hassle-free places to rent one on the lake! Russell Marine (256) 257 – 8635Four Locations, Listed Below Russell Marine has four marinas located on Lake Martin, making it a convenient choice no matter where you are staying on the lake. They offer both pontoons and deck boats, both of which are serviced by their professional marine service…

Things to Do at Wind Creek State Park

Looking to plan your next outdoor adventure? Wind Creek State Park should be at the top of your list! Stretching over 1,440 acres across the Lake Martin, Alabama shoreline, visitors are greeted with sweeping waterfront views and endless activities. Whether you are planning a family vacation or solo day trip, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Check out our list of things to do at Wind Creek State Park: TENT & RV CAMPING, AND LAKESIDE CABINS One of the largest state-operated campground in the United States, Wind Creek State Park boasts 586 tent and RV campsites along with 20…

Lake Martin Businesses Are Taking a Pledge to Keep You Safe When You Travel

2020 has been quite the year, to say the least.  We understand if you are not ready to travel yet, and we will be here ready to welcome you when you are.  However, if you are ready to get out and explore, we want to help you find ways to do that in the safest way possible.  Your health and safety is important to us, and we want you to be able to enjoy our great outdoors, attractions, restaurants, lodging, and everything else the Lake Martin area has to offer.  The Alabama Tourism Department has put together information to help…

Choosing a Place to Stay at Lake Martin

What does your ideal trip to Lake Martin look like?  Ask anyone, and the answers you get could be completely different.  For some, travelling with their close family members could equal perfection, while some prefer to bring the whole extended family along for the fun.  Others may choose to leave the family at home, and make it a Girls Trip or Guys Getaway.  Some may take an opportunity to have a romantic weekend with their special someone.  But still there are those that just want to have peaceful, quiet alone time, surrounded by the tranquility of nature.  There is no…

The Best Hiking Trails Around Lake Martin

Lake Martin is known for fun on the water, but did you know the area boasts some of the best hiking in Alabama as well? With the cooler weather, and the beautiful color palettes being displayed on the trees, now is a great time to hit the trails. Here are a few of our favorites! Russell Forest In this living forest, over 100 miles of trails weave through the lush pines and hardwoods that surround Lake Martin. Five trailheads serve as a starting point for multiple trails that can be used not only for hiking, but also for biking and…