List of reported lake monsters
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.
|Lake||Area||Country||Continent||Name||Type or description||First–last reported sightings||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)||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.||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.|
|Ballston Lake||New York||USA||North America||Big Tim||Lake is deep with caves on bottom. Tim is believed to live in the caves.|
|Reindeer Lake||Saskatchewan||Canada||North America|
|Lake Somyn||Volyn Oblast||Ukraine||Europe||Som||A large fish that some say is somewhat similar in shape to a whale. It is dark grey in colour and its mouth is lined with small sharp teeth, like the bristles of a brush. It is said to be well over 7 foot long.||Ancient times–Present.||Probably a giant wels catfish, due to the fact that the name "Som" is what a catfish is known as in Slavic languages, the wels catfish has many small sharp teeth, it is dark grey in colour, and that it looks somewhat like a whale in shape.|
|Thetis Lake||British Columbia||Canada||North America||Thetis Lake Monster||Possible escaped Tupinambis lizard.|
|Lake Manitoba||Manitoba||Canada||North America||Manipogo|
|Cold Lake||Alberta||Canada||North America||Kinosoo||Giant fish, sometimes hump-backed, said to prey on canoers||Its name is Plains Cree for "fish", ᑭᓄᓭᐤ kinosêw|
|Lake Winnipegosis||Manitoba||Canada||North America||Winnipogo|
|Crescent Lake||Newfoundland and Labrador||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||Has the head and claws of a panther, but with scales and spines.|
|Lake Ontario||Ontario||Canada||North America||Kingstie||(USA/Canada)|
|Lake Ontario||New York||USA||North America||Gaasyendietha||Dragon that dwells in rivers and lakes of Canada, especially Lake Ontario. This dragon flies on a trail of fire, and can also spew fire.||(USA/Canada)|
|Lake Temiskaming||Ontario||Canada||North America||Mugwump|
|Lake Memphrémagog||Quebec||Canada||North America||Memphré||Lake Memphrémagog lies partly in the USA.|
|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|
|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"||Featured in the book Weird N.J. Vol. 1.|
|Lake Champlain|| New York
|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"|
|Lake Erie||Ohio||USA||North America||Bessie, South Bay Bessie||(USA/Canada)|
|Bear Lake|| Idaho
||USA||North America||Bear Lake Monster, Isabella||Crocodilian||The creature can supposedly crawl onto the shore.|
|Raystown Lake||Pennsylvania||USA||North America||"Raystown Ray"||Featured on the Syfy program Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files.|
|Great Salt Lake||Utah||USA||North America||North Shore Monster||Monster crocodilian|
|Arenal Lagoon||Alajuela||Costa Rica||North America||A serpentine lake animal similar to Nessie.|
|Río Negro Province and Neuquén Province||Argentina||South America||"Nahuelito"|
|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 Makele||Republic of the Congo||Africa||Mokele-mbembe|
|Lake Tanganyika||Tanzania||Africa||Chipekwe, Pamba|
|Lake Shiwa Ngandu||Zambia||Africa||Chipekwe|
|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|
|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|
|Lakes of Killarney||Munster||Ireland||Europe||Muckie|
|Brosno Lake||Tver Oblast||Russia||Europe||Brosno Dragon||Also known as Brosnya.|
|Labynkyr Lake||Sakha Republic||Russia||Asia||The Devil|
|Lake Van||Turkey||Asia||Lake Van Monster|
|Lake Kanas||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 Pinatubo||Zambales||Philippines||Asia||Pinatubo monster||Serpent-like creature|
|Lake Utopia||New Brunswick||Canada||North America||"Old Ned"|
Lacustrine cryptids are frequently compared to plesiosaurs like Nichollssaura
A wooden carving of Nyaminyami
An artist's concept of Storsjöodjuret
An artist's concept of a Bunyip, 1890
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- "Raystown Ray - Home". raystownray.com.
- Alvarado Induni, Guillermo E (2009). Los volcanes de Costa Rica (in Spanish) (3rd ed.). p. 103. ISBN 9789968316798.
- "Misterio". aldia.cr (in Spanish).
- "unknown creature in Kanas Lake 新疆喀纳斯湖现湖怪群 - YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
- "Pinatubo Monster - The Volcano Lake Serpent". Unknown-creatures.com. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
- Lake Monsters
- Lake Monsters of North America
- Official page of Storsjöodjuret In Swedish, English, German
- GUST Global Underwater Search Team In Swedish and English
- List of Swedish lake monsters In Swedish
- Gryttie homepage in Swedish (basic info in English)
- Atlas Obscura Map of North American Lake Monsters