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.


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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)[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.
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[3] Its name is Plains Cree for "fish", ᑭᓄᓭᐤ kinosêw[4]
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[5]
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"[6] 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"[7] Featured on the Syfy program Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files.
Great Salt Lake  Utah  USA North America North Shore Monster Monster crocodilian
Arenal Lagoon[8][9] 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 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
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
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 The Devil
Lake Van  Turkey Asia Lake Van Monster
Lake Kanas  China Asia Lake Kanas Creatures[10]
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 Pinatubo Zambales  Philippines Asia Pinatubo monster[11] Serpent-like creature
Lake Modewarre  Victoria  Australia Australia "Bunyip"
Lake Utopia  New Brunswick  Canada North America "Old Ned"

See also


  • 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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