Rising Levels Bringing Business, Recreation to Lake Martin

When the Boland family made their trek to Lake Martin from Peachtree City, Georgia last summer, they could barely get their boat in the water.

"We looked outside and it was all muddy," explained Kaleigh Boland.

Now, it's a different story out on the lake.  Water levels rose from record lows, up nearly 14 feet from the worst stages of the drought.

It's enough for boats to make a comeback.

"It's wonderful.  You can barely see shoreline, so it's nice," said Kristen Boland.

The water's a welcome sight for marinas as well.  With boat sales and service hit hard by last year's dry spell, the much needed rain--along with help from Alabama Power officials--brings business back by storm.

"We've had some good rains, but I've been here eight years, and I've never seen the water this high this early, so things are good," explained Justin Shields, a salesman for Singleton Marine Group.

Though business slowed throughout the first few months of 2008, the absence of dry lake beds and shorelines means a potential boom for the boating industry.

"When the weather finally warms up, I think we're going to be out like 'gangbusters.'  I think it's going to come on strong," Shields said.

It's a welcome sight for families out on the Tallapoosa.

"Every weekend I can get up here, I'll be here.  We love it here," explained Allen Boland.

Reporter:  Cody Holyoke