After putting in at the park, I made my way to an unnamed island that is visible from the beach. It is located where Elkhatchee Creek flows into the lake. The water is cool at this point and provides a great swimming break on hot summer days.
From here I paddled up into Elkahatchee Creek. Though it is against the current, this is a wide creek and it is barely noticeable. Wildlife is abundant. Turtles and snakes are abundant. Since I wear polarized sunglasses, I was also able to observe many fish (some quite large) swimming underneath my kayak.
Eventually, you leave the peacefulness of the wild and enter into an area that is abundant with lakeside homes. Here I encountered jet-skis and many pontoon boats. After a few hours of exploring I returned to the lake area and loaded up once again.
I often come to Lake Martin after work as it provides an easy, relaxing paddle in the evenings. The only difficulties in paddling are provided by other boaters who think it is there duty to swamp your kayak.