PLUG DAY 2023—SUMMER IS COMING
The big day is March 1, 2023, and we can’t wait to celebrate Plug Day! For lake neophytes wondering what on earth this means, Plug Day signifies the start of water levels rising to Summer Pool at Lake Martin. Before you ask, it is not a giant plug for the Martin Dam. The transition from Winter Pool to Summer Pool gradually occurs throughout the spring as the water level rises to its required summer level of 491 mean sea level in mid April. Lake Martin is what’s known as a “storage” lake providing for seasonal storage of water to manage winter and spring rains and prevent flooding. Bringing the water level to Summer Pool is a complex operation of monitoring and managing the inflows of rain and outflows of power generated—no giant plug involved!
The good news is that each day this spring starting March 1 brings us closer to Summer Pool when we can enjoy fun-filled days of swimming, boating, floating, skurfing, rope swinging—the list goes on and on! Now you see why Plug Day is worthy of great celebration!
We asked our team at Big Fish how they plan to celebrate Plug Day and here’s what they said …
- “We’re hosting a bonfire complete with s’mores and inviting all of our neighbors over to join in the fun!”
- “I’m going bikini shopping—is there a better way to celebrate Plug Day?”
- “I’ll be sipping a Pina Colada on the dock watching the sunset as I pretend I can actually see the lake water rising!”
- “My shindig is called ‘Let’s Unplug on Plug Day’ with acoustic music on my screened-in porch.”
- “Lake Martin Pizza is the place to be for Plug Day! The party is open to all and starts at 5:30pm with live music and trivia.”
We invite you to find inspiration for your celebration of Plug Day from one of these excellent ideas. Do you have your own special way of celebrating? Tag us on social media and let us know! We’re always looking for great ways to celebrate life on Lake Martin.
If all this technical lake talk is your thing, you can find out more at the Shorelines website by Alabama Power. Here you can always check the current lake water level along with other cool stats such as power generation output from the dam.