Grouping Cryptid
Sub grouping Lake monster
First reported 1908
Last reported 2009
Country Canada
Region Lake Manitoba, Manitoba, Canada
Habitat Water

Manipogo is the name given to the lake monster reported to live in Lake Manitoba, Manitoba, Canada. Sightings of this serpent-like sea monster have been going on since roughly 1908. The creature was dubbed Manipogo in 1957, the name echoing British Columbia's Ogopogo. There is also a Lake Winnipegosis sea monster called Winnepogo, thought possibly to be the same creature as the lakes are connected. Some have speculated that the monster sightings may be attributed to sightings of an unusually large lake sturgeon, or a relict population of prehistoric plesiosaurs. Although many experts believe the correct name is Winnipego, as confirmed by local residents.

The monster is thought to be anywhere from 12 feet to 50 feet long. It is described as being "A long muddy-brown body with humps that show above the water, and a sheep-like head."[1]

There is a provincial park on the west shore of Lake Manitoba named Manipogo Provincial Park.

St Laurent, a community on the south east shores of Lake Manitoba, holds a Manipogo festival the first week of March every year.

Since the 1800s, people have claimed to have seen the sea monster Manipogo.[2]

The local native population has legends of serpent-like creatures in Lake Manitoba going back hundreds of years.

A group of seventeen witnesses, all reportedly strangers to one another, claimed to have spotted three Manipogos swimming together.[3]

In the early 1960s, Professor James A. McLeod of Manitoba University investigated the creature by trying to locate its remains. If there is a breeding population in the lake, they should be leaving carcasses and bones when they die. McLeod found none.

Alleged sightings


Manipogo was featured on an episode of the television documentary series Northern Mysteries.

See also


  1. Storm, 38
  2. "Manipogo Campground Map and Information" (PDF). (1.6 MB)
  3. Storm, 40

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Coordinates: 50°44′6″N 98°26′32″W / 50.73500°N 98.44222°W / 50.73500; -98.44222

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