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                                By Phillip O'Donnell




There is a lake in Vermont called Lake Champlain. The lake is the 6th largest in the United States of America. It is 12 miles wide and 120 miles in length. There are over 50 acres of swamps along the shores of the lake. The depth is 400 feet at it’s deepest place, but on average it’s about 64 feet. There are over 500 reported sightings and about 600 people claim to have seen a dinosaur-like creature swimming in the lake. Dennis J. Hall has done over thirty years of research on the creature called “Champ.” In his book (Champ Quest 2000) he said, “This book is not from the viewpoint, What if…? Champ exists? I have seen these animals on twenty occasions.”  According to his book, Champ has four legs with webbed feet, a forked tongue, is lizard-like,  and  goes on land.

     While on board the steamer, “The Spirit of Ethan Allen,” in 1884, eighty people saw a greenish-brown, 30 foot long monster that had several humps.

     In 1886, a gentlemen was duck hunting when he saw a giant serpent-like creature with legs curled up onshore. When he moved slightly, it ferociously reared it’s head and crashed it’s way through the bushes.

     A group of soldiers were fishing in 1887, when they discovered a 14 inch, four legged lizard, that was swimming around in Lake Champlain. 

Here are some more recent sightings.

     On August 9, 2002, two people saw what appeared to be a juvenile “Champ” for about twenty seconds at a distance of 20 to 30 feet. It had a thin neck, about 7 to 8 inches long and the part of it’s body they saw was about 18 inches.  

     In Bulwagga Bay, on August 23, 2002, two people saw a large, 20 foot dark shadow just under the surface of the water about 30 feet from them.

    A video was taken on June 30, 2001, which showed several large creatures swimming together in the lake.

     A man named Mr. Drapes and his family reported seeing two large creatures come up out of the water on July 11, 2001. He said that one appeared to be cleaning itself. He also said it had “breathing tubes” on it’s head. It was about 1,000 feet away.

     On August 5, 2001, several people on the Fort Ticonderoga Ferry, saw a 20 to 22 foot long creature moving away from a swampy area near shore.