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Press Release

Three Boat Ramps Extended on Lake Martin

December 11, 2007

Contact: Damon Abernethy at 334-242-3882
 
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) has completed the all three of the planned boat ramp extensions on Lake Martin to allow boating access during drought conditions. Both ramps at the Kowaliga Bridge facility on State Highway 63 in Elmore County were extended to allow boaters to access the lake during drought conditions. The depth at the toe of the western ramp is now 472 feet mean sea level (ft.-MSL) and the eastern ramp is 471 ft.-MSL. On the eastern side of the lake, Pace’s Point Boat Ramp on Tallapoosa County Road 34 was extended to 471 ft.-MSL. With these ramp extensions, it is now possible to launch recreational watercraft with lake levels lower than six feet below the normal winter pool of 480 ft.-MSL. All three ramps are open to the boating public.
 
Boaters should continue to use caution when operating vessels on Lake Martin. There are numerous shallow water areas that have become hazardous due to low water. Current lake levels at Lake Martin can be obtained by calling 1-800-LAKES11 or by accessing the Alabama Power Web site at www.alabamapower.com/lakes/iframe_lakelevel.asp.
 
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.