On most days on a lakeside bluff near Cricket Creek Marina, you can
find Crisco, a Norwegian goat, taking in the view. “He has turned into a
mascot of that area,” says Krystal Tippey, administrator and founder of
a Facebook page dedicated to Crisco.
years ago there were a few herds of goats in this same location, but
after they were moved out of the area, Crisco gained his dedicated
following as he was the only one who was here to stay. Beyond sunbathing
and keeping watch over the southside of the lake, he spends his days
and nights wandering around a local neighborhood. A neighbor sets out
food for him, but mainly everyone lets him live his peaceful, lakeside
And a name like Crisco? Tippey said legend has
it that his name came from the color of his coat. Because it’s so white —
just like a tub of Crisco. It’s tidbits like this, details on recent
sightings and endless photos of Crisco, that fill the posts in his
Facebook group. “The excitement to go and find him is my favorite part,”
says Tippey. “It’s almost like a Where’s Waldo? for Table Rock Lake. There’s a sense of community to go find him together.”
is even Crisco merch—from T-shirts to mugs—sold to benefit local animal
sanctuaries. Tippey aims to pick a new sanctuary to support with each
round of donations and encourages members to message her recommendations
local to the lake.
Looking to have your own Crisco
sighting? When you’re heading south toward Arkansas, there are rock
bluffs on the left about a quarter mile before you reach Cricket Creek
Marina. Depending on the weather, you might find Crisco proudly standing
on the bluff, or resting behind some branches.
And remember, Crisco is a true celebrity: He loves having his picture taken but hates being touched.
think the biggest thing is that he’s more of a visual enjoyment,” says
Tippey. “We appreciate that people respect his space and want to keep it
Follow along to share and spot sightings of Crisco. Join “Crisco the Table Rock Lake Goat” group on Facebook.