About Anchor Bay Marina
Anchor Bay Marina is Alabama’s key to enjoying beautiful Lake Martin, a fresh water treasure offering nearly 900 miles of amazing shoreline and more than 40,000 acres of all natural views. Lake Martin, it's parks, marinas, points and islands have become known throughout the United States as the finest in the south.
Bordering Tallapoosa, Elmore and Coosa counties, this lake was formed by the construction of Martin Dam on the Tallapoosa River. The Martin Dam powerhouse is used to generate hydroelectric power for Alabama Power Company. Construction of Martin Dam began in 1923 and was completed in 1926. Originally known as Cherokee Bluffs for the geological formation upon which it was built (which recognized the historic indigenous people of the area), the dam was renamed in 1936 in honor of Thomas Martin, the president of Alabama Power Company.
Lake Martin was the largest man made lake in the world when it was completed. Today, it still ranks as one of the largest man made lakes. It is a popular recreation area for swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, camping, and golfing.
Lake Martin hosts many events throughout the year, including fishing tournaments and a giant fireworks show on the Fourth of July. Here, you’ll find water activities galore, awesome hiking trails, fabulous restaurants, and stunning views everywhere you look. Lake Martin in Alabama is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and enjoy fun times with family and friends.
Lake Martin has many popular attractions, natural sand beaches, restaurants, camping areas and popular islands. The lake has several landmarks, such as the Kowaliga Bridge, but perhaps the most recognized landmark on the lake is Chimney Rock, a large rock formation that resembles a chimney. Chimney Rock is located several hundred yards away; the formation which most people call Chimney Rock is actually Acapulco Rock. The area was the Tallapoosa River gorge before Martin Dam was built, and the water is more than 150 feet deep in this area. This popular spot is visited by thousands of boaters yearly, who park in front of “The Rock” to watch people climb over 60 feet and jump into the water.