The Lake Champlain Monster
is the name given to the Lake
Champlain Monster a North
American cryptid  allegedly living in Lake Champlain  a
natural freshwater lake located within the borders of Quebec, Vermont
and New York state.
discovered in 1609 by
Samuel de Champlain and once of great military and commercial
importance is known
today for its recreational opportunities, beautiful
cottages, great fishing, great hiking, swimming, canoeing, cross
country trails and of course Champ for which there have been over 300
Champ has become a great revenue generator
attracting tourists from many countries. Port Henry a costal town has
erected a giant model of the elusive monster and celebrates “
Champ Day” on the first Saturday in August, the Vermont Lake Monsters,
Minor League baseball team, use him for their mascot and the “Champ”
logo is used far and wide.
The legend of Champ/Champy
dates back to pre-European times, the Iroquois and Abenaki, American
Indian tribes native to the region, referring to it as “Chaousarou” and
The first European to see the
monster is often touted as the great French explorer and the lake’s
namesake Samuel de Champlain. Unfortunately the supposed sighting
appears to have
never happened at least not in Lake Champlain and has been traced to
an article in the Summer 1970 issue of “Vermont Life” by since deceased
writer Marjorie L. Porter.
Today Champ/Champy sightings are commonplace:
1819 the Plattsburgh Rebublican published an account of a "Captain
Crum," sighting an enormous serpent-like creature from the shore of
Bulwagga Bay, NY.
In 1873 the crew and passengers of the steamer W.B. Eddy allegedly saw
a strange creature in the water near Dresden, New York.
1883 Sheriff Nathan H. Mooney claimed to have seen a gigantic water
serpent from a distance of 50 yards his story predating the
Ness “Surgeon's Photo” by 50 years.
In 1945 a large creature was purportedly observed surfacing mid-lake by
the crew and
passengers of the S.S. Ticonderoga.
Sandra Mansia took a
become the most famous piece of evidence for the existence of the
1993 a baby Champ purportedly swam between two bathers at Button Bay
State Park, Ferrisburgh, Vermont.
1995 Dennis Hall of Champ Quest recorded images (alleged
Champ) on video.
2003 scientists using underwater microphones recorded a high-pitched
ticking and chirping similar
to whale or dolphin noise but were unable to positively identify the
in a discussion of Champ/Champy (as with all cryptids) the
question of validity eventually rears its ugly head. Sightings may
be frequent, but are they authentic? In the case of Champ/Champy, is it
perhaps, as suggested by cryptozoologists, a plesiosaur
related to the Loch Ness Monster,
or is it something else, something of today's world, ordinary, less
partialy submerged tree trunk or log.
(aquatic or otherwise).
large fish possibly a lake sturgeon (a prehistoric leftover from the
Cretaceous) which can live for a 150 years, grow as much as 9 feet
(3 meters) in length and weigh over 300 pounds (140 kilograms).
subsurface (standing) wave called a seiche which can
debris from the bottom of a lake to the surface. Seiches are know to
occur in both Lake Champlain, Lake Okanagan and Loch Ness.
The word “cryptid” was devised by Manitoban John E. Wall and first used in
the International Society of Cryptozoology Newsletter, Summer 1983. It
basically refers to creatures that are hypothetical, presumed extinct
or for which there is insufficient proof to establish their existence
with absolute certainty.
 Lake Champlain is a 125 miles (201
km) long, with a maximum width of 14 miles (23 km) and a maximum depth
of 400 feet
(122 meters). By comparison Loch Ness is 22.6 miles (36.3 km) long,
with a maximum width of 1.7
miles (2.7 km) and a maximum depth of
744.6 feet (226.96 meters) and
Lake Okanagan, alleged home of Ogopogo the Lake
is 84 miles (135 km) long, with a maximum width of 3.1 miles
(5 km) and a maximum depth of 761 feet (232 meters).
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