Lake Winnipegosis Monster Sighting

Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 19th, 2006

City and General. [excerpt]

A Pine River correspondent of the Dauphin Press writes:

For the second time within a month a sea serpent has been seen by fishermen on Lake Winnipegosis. It is described as about a foot in diameter and from 20 to 25 feet in length. It skims along with its head about two feet above water and frequently disappears under the surface for several seconds at a time. The strange creature has been observed with 300 yards of the shore, and the [Natives] are terror-stricken as a marine monster of similar appearance was seen on the lake several years ago.

Source: Winnipeg Morning Free Press
Winnipeg, Manitoba
September 6, 1901
Archival research: Jerome Clark.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

18 Responses to “Lake Winnipegosis Monster Sighting”

  1. crypto_randz responds:

    This is one of my favorite subjects LAKE DINOSAUR LIKE ANIMALS is such a debatable subject. Those canadian lakes could harbor mysterious dragon like creatures. For centuries people have seen animals in the lakes that should have been exinct. We can say they are mantees, seals , beavers,turtles. What it comes down to that the animals that people are seeing have long tapering neck none of the lake animals i mention have long tapering necks. What is also amazing is the size of the wakes these unknown animals leave they push the water with great strength and power,speed. This is for sure a debatable discussion.

  2. crypto_randz responds:

    It would be great if a crew of shipmen could capture one of these things to prove the possiblity that dinosaurs exist.

  3. logisch responds:

    I prefer watching dolphins in the Adriatic Sea when going for sailing.
    And I dislike trees suddenly getting in my pathway.

    If there is anything in the water, then it’s quite likely that professional net fishery will catch one of those things, either adult or premature, sooner or later at their works.

    And if not its still expectable that the remains of such an object will after its dead get blown up by decomposition gasses and strong winds will put it on the strand some days.

  4. Ole Bub responds:

    Yup…another case of Winnipegosis…

    Any creature living in Canadian lakes has evolved since the last Ice age….which scoured the surface of most of Canada with glaciers…in some cases over a mile thick…JMHO

    The most compelling case for lake monsters is the eyewitness testimony of John Kirk…who seems very credible…JMHO

    seeing is believing…only if it’s possible…

    ole bub and the dawgs

  5. shumway10973 responds:

    so, is it serpentine or dino in shape? If serpentine then it could be an unknown water snake or fresh water eel, or something along those lines. If dino, well, we could discuss it for days and never touch the surface of what exactly it is. It would be great to see something like pics or the animal itself.

  6. twblack responds:

    Well yes, I want to think that these creatures exist in lakes, but I am more skeptical of these than just about any other cryptid report or story out there. I still say our best chance at finding some very large unknown is only in the oceans. But I do hope I am wrong on this.

  7. Sky King responds:

    shumway10973 Says:

    It would be great to see something like pics or the animal itself.

    How about some drawings of the eyes?

  8. Michael Anissimov responds:

    Guys, do you realize that there would need to be a population of 100+ such ‘monsters’ to provide a minimal pool of genetic complexity? Otherwise the whole line would have died out a long time ago due to the genetic consequences of inbreeding. If there are hundreds in the lake, then why can’t they be detected with sonar, and if they have a tendency to surface, why don’t hundreds surface every once in a while, instead of just one?

  9. dianaward responds:

    “They” seldom know what they are talking about, I have observed.

  10. Dark-Obsessor responds:

    Sky King Says: “How about some drawings of the eyes?”

    And that does?

    Without a body, no one can prove anything, though. I can say I saw a lake monster, and spark other people to say the same. Now, several claims are going out, but, no real proof.

  11. ZenBug responds:

    “How about some drawings of the eyes?”


  12. afigbee responds:

    What does ‘Winnipegosis’ mean?

  13. mooppoint responds:


    That was EXCELLENT!!!!


  14. mooppoint responds:


    From Wikipedia:

    ‘”Winnipegosis” is derived from a Cree word meaning “Little Muddy Water”, a diminutive of Winnipeg, which means “Muddy Water”.’

  15. Ranatemporaria responds:

    Michael Anissimov, Re Pop size

    This is a point that is often raised when it comes to Lake Cryptids, however as so little is known general ecological rules can’t be applied. We don’t know if they are permanent or ephemeral visitors to the water or the range of there territory. They may be migratory, living over many sq miles over land or via connected water courses. Also in accordance to Franklin & Soule (1988) larger animals with slower reproductive cycles require smaller viable populations. We have to remember though that everything we talk about in terms of life history however has to be presumed conjecture or speculation, these are after all by definition unknown animals.

  16. crypto_randz responds:

    To solving the lake cryptids, science needs to get a captured specie or a body.

  17. Maer responds:

    Michael Anissimov Says:
    “…there would need to be a population of 100+ such ‘monsters’ to provide a minimal pool of genetic complexity? Otherwise the whole line would have died out a long time ago due to the genetic consequences of inbreeding.”

    Not all creatures are subject to the evils of inbreeding: hamsters, for example, make ideal lab subjects because inbreeding is not a problem for them. I’m sure there are many other types of creatures who could make the same claim, if they could speak.

    Sky King Says:
    “How about some drawings of the eyes?”

    You are my humour-hero of the day! *Thunderous applause*

  18. blanco responds:

    I have seen carp in schools near the shore of the lake. They look like a single organism until you get close.

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