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Goat Island

Goat Island is a tiny non populated island in northern New York, at the SW tip of Niagara County. It is situated in the middle of Niagara Falls on the Niagara River, between Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls.

On either side of the island, the Niagara River divides into two large streams which are responsible for the Canadian and American Versions of the Niagara Falls. From anywhere on Goat Island, one can easily view of the American and Horseshoe Falls. At the bottom of the Falls, one can hear the combined thunder and power of the ravaging water which races towards Lake Ontario.

Nearly half a century ago, part of the island was enlarged by a few acres to allow for a parking lot and a helicopter pad. The entire island is surrounded by fast running shallow water and the shore line has no beach soil, but is studded with large rocks and islets.

The island offers a great view of the Niagara Falls from the US side. With the development of a bridge, one can access the island by either walking or by car. The interior of the island is not inhabitable and is largely populated by woody trees and walking trails. On the eastern side of the island, an elevator has been built which can take one to the bottom of the falls and provides an easy access to the Cave of the Winds

Over the past 200 years, great efforts have been made to preserve the status of the island as a State Park. In spite of pressure from the growing economy, the Park has remained untouched by the near by Commerce Industry and it still remains on the oldest State Parks in the US.

The island is easily accessible all year around and the best views of the combined falls are at night, especially during the late summer and early autumn.

  • Rmany

    is there a satellite link that shows western shore of Goat Island from brink upstream to southern end of island? I would like to see from that point if old scow is visible. Thank you!

  • betty knight

    What is the distance around Goat Island and is it safe to walk?

  • hannah

    this is very good information