lake martin alabama

Lake Martin, reflecting pastel pink in southern skies. Photo: William Taylor Campbell III

30 Lakes in 30 Days | Lake Martin| Alabama

Throughout our 30 Lakes in 30 Days series, we’ve revealed some of America’s pristine and primitive natural getaways fit for outdoorsy SUP families or those simply looking to escape the bustle of civilization. Alabama’s massive man-made reservoir, Lake Martin, does not fall into that category. Rather, it’s a marvel of modern lake life, popular among recreational boaters as a destination with luxury lodging, wakeboarding camp, pontoon boating and personal water crafts. Created with the construction of Martin Dam in 1926, upon completion the lake was the biggest man-made body of freshwater in the world. It’s still one of the largest in Alabama, and the paddling options are seemingly endless with the many bays and coves afforded by many canyons and valleys that make up the lake’s surrounding landscape.

Less of a remote environment, more of a social one, Lake Martin hosts an array of events throughout the year, including fishing tournaments, fireworks displays and musical performances. July is probably the busiest month of the year for Alabama’s prize reservoir, with the annual Aquapalooza festival attracting lake goers from near and far for nightly concerts, organized barbeques, car shows and even a pie baking contest. Head on over to Lake Martin with your paddleboard, or rent one there, and enjoy the scene from the water. Then go get yourself some pie!

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America is riddled with countless unsung watering holes ideal for your next SUP adventure. To highlight some of our favorite freshwater paddling locales, we're profiling 30 lakes in 30 days for the entire month of July. We'll give you the lake's local rundown, outfitting options in the area and we'll even tell you where to find the best bite and beer post-paddle. It's a resource just for you and it's brought to you by Tahoe SUP.

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