The Lake Champlain Monster

Be on the lookout for Champ, Lake Champlain's legendary monster!

photo by Sandra Mansi

Do you believe in Champ, the Lake Champlain Monster? Some say Champ is a Plesiosaur, a dinosaur type creature, that lurks in the cool deep waters of Lake Champlain. Others account for the over 300 unexplained sightings, some by large groups of people, by reminding themselves, and others, that large fish like sturgeon inhabit the lake and might be mistaken for the monster. Described as being dark in color and between 10 and 30 feet in length, this reptilian being known commonly as Champ, appears to many to have a long neck and horse shaped head. P. T. Barnum once offered $50,000 for the "hide of the beast", but laws now exist to protect any such creature. I thought I saw it once too...
The weather was clear and the dark blue water had only a slight wave. As I approached Valcour Island from the north, I noticed a horse shaped head moving at a quick pace toward the New York shore. I neared the moving object and could see the rhythmic action of the head and neck as well as a wake extending some 20 feet behind, convincing me that I was actually witnessing a swimming creature. I continued to pursue the animal, coming to within 50 feet, in spite of being rather fearful of what I could be seeing. Unfortunately, what I saw swimming before me was a large antlerless deer apparently leaving Valcour Island for the mainland. The Whitetail was as scared of me as I had been of it. I often think of that eventful day and how curious it was to see that animal swimming so far from shore. That deer nearly made a believer out of me!

Champ Links
Champ Quest 2000
This web site monitors the Champy sightings!
The UnMuseum
Here is an interesting site for believers.

The Cryptozoo Sea Monster Aquarium
A Look at the Lake Champlain Monster and other creatures.

The Shadowlands Sea Serpent Page
This site lists a number of unexplained serpent-type monsters.
The Legendary Champ of Lake Champlain
Yet another site featuring Champ.

Fishing for Champ

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