Kentucky ‘Billy’ Goat Eats Chips and Welcomes Boaters on the Lake


One of Kentucky’s most beautiful lakes is Lake Cumberland. The lake is crystal clear and absolutely beautiful. The huge lake is bordered by amazing rocky cliffs, forests and different varieties of wildlife.

While on a boat, enjoying the lake and looking out into the water and shore, you can expect to see fish, birds, raccoons, squirrels, even the occasional bobcat or even a black bear. , maybe even Bigfoot. Yes, I said Bigfoot. But only a few lucky boaters have seen Billy, the Lake Cumberland Goat.

Locals, frequent boaters and visitors to Lake Cumberland know Billy. Others, who have only heard of him, visit the lake in hopes of seeing the lake’s unofficial ambassador.

This is a video from fall 2019.

Billy the Lake Cumberland Goat Surprises Unsuspecting Indiana Boaters

A few years ago, I met two farming couples from Batesville, IN who vacationed at Lake Cumberland before their busy harvest season to celebrate both a wedding anniversary and a birthday.

When they saw Billy on the rocky cliffs, they couldn’t believe their eyes.

The goat was walking right on the cliffs above the lake water where Harmon and Difficulty Creeks meet. Billy took them by complete surprise. They had no idea that Billy was very well known in those parts.

Patti and Keith, and Susie and Ted thought Billy wasn’t real. The goat looked so majestic and perfect, then he moved. LOL

Pictures of Billy the Lake Cumberland Goat

Susie Hahn and Patti Abbott

Susie Hahn and Patti Abbott

Not really knowing anything about Billy and his notoriety, they decide to do a little research and discover that he has his own Facebook group and Instagram account. Billy has nearly 3,000 members in his group. While browsing the post in the group, they came across a photo contest.

To win, you had to take the best picture of Billy. Whoever had the best photo was going to win a goat shirt and a stainless steel goat mug.

How to Get Billy the Lake Cumberland Goat to Stand Still for Photos

Doritos did the trick. For delicious nacho snack chips, Billy will stick around all day.

Susie Hahn and Patti Abbott

Susie Hahn and Patti Abbott

Susie Hahn and Patti Abbott

Susie Hahn and Patti Abbott

He took the bait. Once he was done and they ran away, they started taking pictures of Billy, and did the boy activate the charm. OWhen Billy realizes he has an audience, he brings his model and superstar A-game.

Patti wrote it in the status of the photo she posted on Facebook.

What a poser. He smiled and waved his tail at the paparazzi. I love knowing what he was thinking. #billyrules #billythelakecumberlandgoat[/pullquotes]

Look at his confident smile.

Susie Hahn and Patti Abbott

Susie Hahn and Patti Abbott

Billy is not shy at all. You can see where he gets his confidence from. LOL

Susie Hahn and Patti Abbott

Susie Hahn and Patti Abbott

Is Billy the Lake Cumberland goat still hanging around the lake this year? (2022)

Yes it is! I found some great photos that Amanda Ballman posted on the Lake Cumberland Boaters Facebook page. He looks better than ever.

We found Billy! West of Difficulty Creek. Across from a concrete boat ramp…it was tucked higher in the rocks. I could see his legs but his face was behind a small tree.

Billy gets up and waits for his admirers.

Amanda Ballman

Amanda Ballman

It’s like Billy was trained to pose for the camera. He is so photogenic.

Amanda Ballman

Amanda Ballman

Amanda and her family swam to shore to feed Billy.

As soon as we got closer it started to descend.

Amanda Ballman

Amanda Ballman

Looks like he likes the food they brought him.

Amanda Ballman

Amanda Ballman

Amanda Ballman

Amanda Ballman

What were Amanda and her kids feeding Billy? That’s what she said in her Facebook post.

He loved potato chips, nuts, berries and yellow pepper. Not the grapes. #billy #lakecumberland[/pullquotes]

Where can you find Billy the Goat in Lake Cumberland?

If you’re heading to Lake Cumberland, Amanda was kind enough to show you exactly where to find it.

Amanda Ballman

Amanda Ballman

Thank you, Amanda, for letting me share your great photos.

I wish I looked as good as her for a day on the lake.

Amanda Ballman

Amanda Ballman

Even her 4th of July manicure is to die for. BTW, manicures like this are her thing.

Amanda Ballman

Amanda Ballman

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