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Lake Martin Islands and Rocks
What could be more exciting than boating out into the middle of Lake Martin and exploring some of its islands? There are quite a few islands and rocks scattered around the Lake, but 4 spots in particular offer special attractions that bring visitors and inhabitants back again and again.
Chimney Rock and Acapulco Rock are to two local favorites that are quite close to each other. Despite the fact that Auburn coach Terry Bowden once tried to swan dive off Chimney Rock, Acapulco Rock remains the more popular spot because its cliffs of varying heights are more accessible.
Goat Island, as one might suspect, derives its name from the family of goats that populate the island. The goats are known to come down at the sight of boaters, hoping to receive some lettuce or fruit. The island can be found a little north of Martin Dam.
Graveyard Island, a small circular island off the shores of the Bay Pines area, is home to a small county graveyard, dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s. Because the island is surrounded by a concrete seawall, it is approached from downwind to keep the boat from bumping into the wall.
Snake Island, though a local landmark, is not visited often due to its ominous name. Many Lake Martin inhabitants, however, say that the name was given because of the island's overgrown appearance, not because the island is overrun with snakes. If you dare to find out yourself, you can find Snake Island in the waterway near the Tallapoosa River Bridge.