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Visit A Lake Creature Near You

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on March 28th, 2013

Days are growing longer and summer is coming. Kids will be out of school and families will be planning their vacation get-aways. Where to go, where to go. Well… how about visiting your local lake creature.

Everyone has heard of Nessie, many people have heard of Mokolo Mbemebe, in the US people may know Champ, in western Canada there is Ogopogo. The list goes on. And on… but many of these require a degree of travel that in these days of budget conscious vacations it can be difficult to manage, but what if you could just pack up the tents or hitch up the camper and drive just a few hours with the hope of seeing a creature of a lost age?

Just a tally of lakes and large bodies of water around the world, excluding oceans, comes to 93 locations where lake and river creatures are said to dwell. And this is considered an incomplete list.

No fewer than nineteen American states claim lake monsters with California holding the record with four, followed by Minnesota holding fast with two, and New York and Vermont Have one each but both lay claim to “Champ” the Lake Champlain creature so give them one and a half each which brings the total to 25 bodies of water inhabited by unknown creatures.

Coming in a close second Canada reports a total of 18 creatures, with Ontario leading the pack with six reported lakes putting it in the lead over California, Quebec having four, Manitoba claiming two and the rest of the provinces claiming one each.

The African Nation of Zambia takes third place for reports with six reportedly inhabited lakes.

England claims four, unless you are Welsh, and then England and Wales each report two.

Scotland may lay claim to the most press for lake creatures, but comes in a distant fourth as far as numbers with only three reported lakes inhabited by unknown beasties. Tying for fourth place are Russia, Sweden, Republic of the Congo, and The Democratic Republic of the Congo.

China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand all claim two, and the rest can be found scattered across Germany, Iceland, Norway, and Turkey in the European regions. Ethiopia, Angola, Cameroon, Chad, Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe across the African Continent. Argentina and Costa Rica in South America. Malaysia and The Philippines in the South Seas.

So no reason to feel bad that you can’t get off to Scotland to satisfy your lake creature viewing needs, rest assured there is a lake monster near you waiting to attract your tourism dollars. Nessie may get the good press but that is no reason to discriminate against Issie in Japan’s beautiful Lake Ikeda, or Muckie in Ireland’s Lakes of Killarney, or Rocky on Wisconsin’s Rock Lake, or Lizzie in Lac Ducaire in Quebec.

For more details on this list go to Wikipedia

And for anyone wondering, I refuse to use the term monster as I find it archaic and only spreads ignorance. IF any of these creatures exist, they are merely animals trying to survive. Calling them monsters only serves to spread fear and justify potential mistreatment. If there is a monster in that equation it is not them.

Article shared from Ghost Theory with permission.
Submitted by Henry Paterson.

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster.


2 Responses to “Visit A Lake Creature Near You”

  1. springheeledjack responds:

    I suppose I could hit the Minnesotan lakes, but they don’t have a lot of recent reports to give me cause divert a vacation. :) I think Canada or Vermont are the better options…though I think you can get some decent deals to Scotland if you look…

  2. DSM responds:

    A good start, although the following bodies of water in Scotland are / were said to contain lake creatures:

    Monach Isles, Rousay, Loch Ness, Loch Morar, Loch Lochy, Garloch, Loch Fyne, Loch na Mna, Loch Duvat, Isle of Lewis, Achmore, Loch Lomond, Loch Oich, Loch Shiel, Island of Mull, Portree, Loch Canisp, Loch Garten, Loch Awe, Loch Hourn, Kyle of Lochalsh, Loch Achanalt, Loch Maree, Loch Pityoulish, Loch Scavaig, Glenelg, Loch Eil, Loch Linnhe, Loch Borrolan, Gare Loch, Campbeltown Loch, Loch Earn, Loch Assynt, Cauldshiels Loch, Loch Feith an Leothaid, Loch Glass, Loch Lurgainn, Loch Meiklie, Loch nan Dubhrachan, Loch Suainaval, Isle of Lewis, Loch Treig, Callander, Loch Watton, and Loch a’ Mhuillidh.

    There are likely more, with Glen Vaudrey and others delivering an amazing job in cataloguing dozens of sites.

    Just to add there is a fantastic hostel ten minutes walk from Loch Ness where I stayed eight years ago – damned if I can remember its name though.



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