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Auburn Univeristy

What To See
In addition to the previously mentioned points of interest, Lake Martin is convenient to the state capital of Montgomery to the southwest, Auburn University to the southeast and the expansive Talladega National Forest and Talladega Speedway to the north.

Annual events include the Alexander City Jazz Festival, a concert series at the Lake Martin Amphitheater (a.k.a. the Amp) and a Creek War Commemoration at Horseshoe Bend National Military Park the last weekend of March. The new Wellborn MuscleCar Museum has also been a popular attraction, featuring a large collection of classic American automobiles from the 1960s and 1970s.

Guide To Fishing
Like many large reservoir lakes in the Southeast, there are numerous sport-fishing opportunities on Lake Martin, and the favorite targets are the hard-fighting bass (largemouth, spotted and striped are the prized species), along with crappie and catfish.

While the incredibly clear water and rocky bluffs can make it challenging for anglers, the payoff is exciting action when you find a hotspot. Fishing guide services are plentiful, and can give you a solid head start if you spend some time with them early on your trip. There’s even a full schedule of professional and amateur fishing tournaments on the lake throughout the year.

Guide To Hiking
There are miles and miles of great hiking trails along both the south and north shores of Lake Martin for all skill and fitness levels. Popular options include the Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail and the trailhead at Wind Creek State Park, which include waterfront trails and overlooks. 

With so much to do, Lake Martin isn’t just an amazing boating destination, it’s a beautiful spot for an active family vacation. The sparkling blue water is just the centerpiece of one of the best-kept secrets in the Southeast. See for more travel information.

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