Goat Island Lake Martin
Goat Island Lake Martin is technically Billy Goat Island. If you look for ‘Goat Island Alabama’ on Google Maps, it will return a point on Lake Mitchell and stories about how there aren’t actually goats on goat island. Have no fear; there are plenty of goats on the Lake Martin Goat Island, at least during the summer months. However, if we want to keep it that way, people need to be responsible. You can bring your kids and even treats for the goats, but leave your dogs at home or at least on the boat.
In May of 2021, a dog attacked Rosie, one of the resident goats. It bit her face and chest and chased her into the water. She would have drowned, except a couple of good Samaritans jumped in and saved her. Rosie required a vet visit and lots of care, but she appears to be on the mend, but it’s a lesson that people need to be responsible for everybody (and everything) in their boats.
If you’re not a jerk and want to visit the goats on Goat Island, they hang out at a shelter on the southwest side of Billy Goat Island, which is near the Lake Martin Dam. If you are a jerk, try Lake Mitchell, I hear they have goats there.