Tucker Island, commonly known as Goat Island, was formed when the waters of Smith Lake backed up after
Smith Dam was completed in 1961. At the time, at least three families lived there, including the Harold
Tucker family. A couple of the old home foundations can still be seen and a gazebo sits where the Tucker
barn once stood.
A few goats were carried over sometime in the late 60's or 70's thus giving the island its nickname. The
goats remain there today. In addition to the goats,
deer, squirrel, and raccoon reside there. It is not
uncommon to see deer swimming to or from the island. Off the south end of the Island, at the 'T', or the confluence of Ryan and Simpson creeks, lies a sacred Cherokee burial ground, now under water.
In addition to offering lots, we plan to keep portions of the island wild and to also work on removing non-native plant species.