List of reported lake monsters

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Below is a list of lake monsters that have been reported worldwide in lakes, reservoirs, ponds and marshes. River monsters and lagoon monsters are not included, nor are confirmed hoaxes and misidentifications, though most of the creatures listed here lack any scientific basis.

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Lake Area Country Continent Name Type or description First reported sighting Last reported sighting Notes
Okanagan Lake  British Columbia  Canada North America Ogopogo Green in color, three humps in the water and a horse-like bearded head. 1926 2011 A sighting was reported by the team of Genesis Park.
Seneca Lake  New York  USA North America The Serpent About twenty-five feet long, with a tail which tapers until within about five feet of the end, where it broadens out to look much like a whale. Its head is approximately four feet long and triangular in shape. Its mouth is very long and was armed with two rows of triangular white teeth as sharp as those of a shark, but in shape more like those of a sperm whale. Its body is covered with a horny substance which is as much like the carapace of a terrapin which is brown in color and of a greenish tinge. Its eyes are round like those of a fish. (The Geneva Gazette, July 15, 1899 account by George R. Elwood, Geologist)[1] 1800's NR Possibly related to "Old Greeny" found in Cayuga Lake, Ithaca, NY
Cayuga Lake  New York  USA North America Old Greeny A sea serpent or eel-like creature. Sightings approximate length from 13–35 feet. Multiple accounts of sightings reported in the Ithaca Journal from 1887 - 1979. It is believed that the creature may be related to the Seneca Lake serpent.[2] 1828 2011 Sightings began in 1828 shortly after the lake was connected with the Erie Canal. Because of the lake's connection to the Canal, it is believed that the monster may be some sort of a sea creature.
Reindeer Lake  Saskatchewan  Canada North America
Thetis Lake  British Columbia  Canada North America Thetis Lake Monster Possible escaped Tupinambis lizard.
Lake Manitoba  Manitoba  Canada North America Manipogo
Lake Winnipegosis  Manitoba  Canada North America Winnipogo
Lake Utopia  New Brunswick  Canada North America Lake Utopia Lake Monster
Crescent Lake  Newfoundland  Canada North America Cressie
Lake Simcoe  Ontario  Canada North America Igopogo Also known as Kempenfelt Kelly.
Muskrat Lake  Ontario  Canada North America Mussie
Lake Superior  Ontario  Canada North America Mishipeshu head and claws of a panther, but with scales and spines
Lake Ontario  Ontario  Canada North America Kingstie (USA/Canada)
Lake Temiskaming  Ontario  Canada North America Mugwump
Lake Memphrémagog  Quebec  Canada North America Memphré Lake Memphrémagog lies partly in the USA.
Iliamna Lake  Alaska  USA North America Illie Possibly a relict population of White Sturgeon
White River  Arkansas  USA North America White River Monster, "Whitey" This monster is said to have been responsible for overturning a confederate munitions boat during the civil war.
Lake Tahoe  California  USA North America Tahoe Tessie (California/Nevada)
Lake Tarpon  Florida  USA North America Tarpie[3]
Payette Lake  Idaho  USA North America Sharlie, Slimy Slim
Fulks Lake  Indiana  USA North America Beast of 'Busco, Oscar the Turtle
Flathead Lake  Montana  USA North America Flathead Lake Monster
Lake Hopatcong  New Jersey  USA North America "Lake Hopatcong Monster"[4] Featured in the book Weird N.J. Vol. 1.
Lake Champlain  New York

 Vermont

 USA North America Champ A reptilian creature, 20 to 40 feet in length, with a long neck, and four flippers, or webbed feet. Possibly capable of echolocation. (USA/Canada)
Lake Willoughby  Vermont  USA North America Willy A serpent-like creature, claimed to be up to 23 feet in length. May be a large freshwater eel. (USA/Canada)
Hudson River  New York  USA North America Hudson River Monster, "Kipsy"
Onondaga Lake  New York  USA North America "Mosqueto" A reptilian creature thought by the Oneida people to have occupied the lake in pre-Columbian times. Unlike most lake monsters, Mosqueto was quite aggressive and is said to have killed several persons.
Lake Erie  Ohio  USA North America Bessie, South Bay Bessie (USA/Canada)
Bear Lake  Idaho

 Utah

 USA North America Bear Lake Monster, Isabella Crocodilian The creature can supposedly crawl onto the shore.
Lake Thunderbird  Oklahoma  USA North America Oklahoma Octopus freshwater Octopus
Raystown Lake  Pennsylvania  USA North America "Raystown Ray"[5] Featured on the Syfy program Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files.
Great Salt Lake  Utah  USA North America North Shore Monster Monster crocodilian
Arenal Lagoon[6][7] Alajuela  Costa Rica North America A serpentine Lake animal similar to Nessie

Lake Nahuel Huapi

 Río Negro Province and  Neuquén Province  Argentina South America "Nahuelito"
Lago Dilolo  Angola Africa Chipekwe
Mamfe Pool  Cameroon Africa Mokele-mbembe
Dilolo Swamps  Democratic Republic of the Congo Africa Chipekwe
Lake Edward  Democratic Republic of the Congo Africa Irizima
Maika marshes  Democratic Republic of the Congo Africa Mahamba
Lake Victoria  Kenya Africa Lukwata
Lake Makele  Republic of the Congo Africa Mokele-mbembe
Lake Tebeki  Republic of the Congo Africa Mokele-mbembe
Lake Télé  Republic of the Congo Africa Mokele-mbembe
Lake Tanganyika  Tanzania Africa Chipekwe, Pamba
Lake Bangweulu  Zambia Africa Chipekwe
Kafue Flats  Zambia Africa Chipekwe
Lake Mweru  Zambia Africa Chipekwe
Lake Shiwa Ngandu  Zambia Africa Chipekwe
Bangweulu Swamp  Zambia Africa Nsanga
Lake Kariba  Zimbabwe Africa Nyaminyami Season 4 episode 3 of River Monsters reveals that Nyaminyami was inspired by the Vundu Catfish, southern Africa's largest fish
Bassenthwaite Lake  England  United Kingdom Europe Eachy
Windermere  England  United Kingdom Europe Bow-Nessie
Llangorse Lake  Wales  United Kingdom Europe Gorsey
Loch Ness  Scotland  United Kingdom Europe Nessie The most famous lake monster and one of the most familiar cryptids.
Loch Morar  Scotland  United Kingdom Europe Morag
Loch Maree  Scotland  United Kingdom Europe Muc-sheilch
Lagarfljót  Iceland Europe Lagarfljót Worm
Lakes of Killarney  Munster  Ireland Europe Muckie
Lake Como  Italy Europe Lariosauro
Lake Garda  Italy Europe Bennie Wels catfish-like creature
Lago Gerundo  Italy Europe Tarantasio Dragon It inspired the Eni's mascotte
Po river  Italy Europe Homo Saurus Reptilian humanoid
Seljordsvatnet Telemark  Norway Europe Seljordsormen
Storsjön  Sweden Europe Storsjöodjuret in Jämtland
Gryttjen  Sweden Europe Gryttie in Hälsingland
Brosno Lake  Tver Oblast  Russia Europe Brosno Dragon Also known as Brosnya.
Labynkyr Lake  Sakha Republic  Russia Asia Labynkyr Monster
Lake Van  Turkey Asia Lake Van Monster
Lake Kanas[8]  China Asia Lake Kanas Creatures
Tian Chi Lake Tianchi  China Asia Lake Tianchi Monster Lake Tianchi is also known as Lake Chonji, and is also located in North Korea.
Lake Ikeda Kagoshima  Japan Asia "Issie"

Lake Kussharo

Hokkaidō  Japan Asia "Kusshii"
Lake Chini  Pahang  Malaysia Asia "Naga Tasik Chini" Dragon
Lake Pinatubo Zambales  Philippines Asia Pinatubo monster[9] Serpent like creature
Lake Modewarre  Victoria  Australia Australia "Bunyip"

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References[edit]

  • Coleman, Loren; Huyghe, Patrick (2003). "Appendix". The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and Other Mystery Denizens of the Deep. Trumbore, Harry; Lee Rollins, Mark. New York, New York: Penguin Group. p. 358. ISBN 1-58542-252-5. 

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