Want to buy an island? Smith Lake’s famous Goat Island is for sale

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Goat Island at Smith Lake consists of 60 acres of land, and is now for sale. (Smith Lake via Facebook)

In case any of you were in the market for your own private island to buy, you’re in luck! The famous Goat Island in Smith Lake in Cullman County is on the market.

So, if you have about $3 million to spare, this 60-acre island can be yours. Here’s what to know:

About Goat Island

Goat Island actually does not have any goats anymore. (Smith Lake via Facebook)

Goat Island is owned by Alabama Power, and for decades has been a popular spot for boaters to camp, hang out, fish and explore. Nestled north of Martin Dam, the 60-acre island is about a half-mile long.

At one time, the island became a residence for several families of goats, and boaters often cruised the waters along the island in hopes of catching a glimpse of the island goats. Sometimes, the goats were known to make their way down the rocky hill to see what snacks the boaters may have brought them.

Unfortunately, according to reports, many irresponsible visitors to the island contributed to the demise of the goat family. Some of the goats were shot by island visitors and others were chased into the water by dogs brought to the island by boaters (incidentally, goats cannot swim, and ended up drowning in the Smith Lake waters).

Although Alabama Power put up signs prohibiting the use of firearms near the shores of Goat Island, the goats have not inhabited the island since 2009.

Buy yourself an island in beautiful Smith Lake

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Goat Island is listed for sale at $2.9 million. (Zillow)

Here are a few quick facts about this unique property for sale:

  • The property is listed at $2.9 million
  • The 60-acre island includes more than 18,000 feet of water frontage.
  • Water and power are available to the island.
  • The island is only accessible by boat.
  • The island can be accessed from Speegle’s Marina or from Smith Lake Park boat launch.

So many possibilities exist for this iconic piece of property. It could be a private residence (or multiple residences), a business, a park or more. So if you’re interested, check out the listing.

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Goat Island has more than 18,000 feet of shoreline. (Zillow)

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Michael Seale
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