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Lake Martin in Alabama

Trip Overview

I put my Perception America in at Wind Creek State Park, just outside of Alexander City, AL. At times this lake can be smooth as glass, but on this day it was windy and there was a considerable chop. However, that only made it more fun.

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.


Wind Creek provides areas for both primitive camping and RVs. There is a bathhouse located at the swimming area and several restrooms located throughout the park.


There is a $2 entrance fee on weekdays and $3 on weekends.


From Highway 280, turn South onto Highway 63 and drive about 6 miles until you see the Wind Creek State Park sign. Turn left and this road will take you to the park entrance.

  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water
  • Group Rates: No

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