Lake Memphremagog’s Monster

Vermont is well known for Champ, the Lake Champlain Monster, but there is also another lake in Vermont which is said to have a lake monster dwelling in its depths. A glacial lake known as Lake Memphremagog straddles Quebec and Vermont, and it is home to a long-necked lake monster, very similar in description to Champ and the Ogopogo.
Lake Memphremagog sits at an elevation of 682 feet, has 41 square miles of surface area, and a maximum length of 32 miles. The lake contains 20 islands, the largest being Providence Island which is divided by the International Boundary separating the United States and Canada. The maximum water depth is 351 feet; the deepest spot in the lake is located near the International Boundary. Lake Memphremagog maintains an average depth of 51 feet, and it provides drinking water for approximately 200,000 people.
It is possible that an elusive cryptid is dwelling in this deep, large body of freshwater? Numerous eyewitnesses have seen a long-necked creature that is described as black, multi-humped, and serpent-like in appearance measuring between 20 and 50 feet in length.
Long before white settlers arrived in the area, Native Americans had a belief in the existence of a large aquatic creature inhabiting the lake. The First Nations people, the original inhabitants of the area, believed that a monster dwelled in a cave on the lake shore. The natives warned settlers not to swim in the lake out of fear of, and reverence for the mighty creature.
The first documented report of the creature in Lake Memphremagog comes from Ralph Merry IV in 1816. Merry did not see the monster himself, but reported four sightings by local citizens that he deemed to credible. To date an average of eight sightings occur in a year and there have been over 215 well-documented reports.
While unbeknown to the creature, and as incredibly ridiculous as it sounds, the monster has been embroiled in a trademark dispute over its “name.” A Newport resident has threatened legal action against those who use the animal’s “name” without obtaining her permission.
On a more positive note, Lake Mempremagog’s monster was featured on a colored coin produced by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2011. The Mint featured the animal on a coin as a tribute to the many sightings of the monster that have occurred on the Canadian side of the lake over the decades.


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