Friday Postcards from Champ at Lake Champlain Vermont


Look down while cruising along Vermont’s Lake Champlain (actually they share it with New York and a bit of Canada) and you won’t be able to see the bottom. That’s right. It is one very deep lake. Maximum depth is at 400 feet. Centuries ago the glaciers carved it, making deep ridges in the land. The water level can drop significantly just a few feet out from shore. Champ, the Lake Champlain monster, is still swimming around out there. Supposedly. What Champ is exactly, no one really knows.

According to Wikipedia, “In 1609 Samuel de Champlain wrote that he saw a lake monster five feet (1.5 m) long, as thick as a man’s thigh, with silver-gray scales a dagger could not penetrate. The alleged monster had 2.5 foot (0.76 m) jaws with sharp and dangerous teeth. Native Americans claimed to have seen similar monsters 8 to 10 feet (2.4 to 3.0 m).”

So is Champ real? We tried to catch a glimpse while floating around Lake Champlain during our visit to the Basin Harbor Club in Vermont this summer, but no luck. He must have been napping that afternoon. We did see a bald eagle and her babies though. They weren’t ready to fly quite yet, and that is probably a good thing. If they fell into the lake, Champ might grab them. Then again, many people believe Champain simply saw a very large sturgeon or school of sturgeon. Of course, those people might just have been trying to keep ole Champ to themselves. All I know is that he and the Loch Ness Monster must have one heck of a Christmas party each year just so they can laugh at the silly humans they are messing with every summer.

Do you believe in creatures of the deep that can’t be explained? Tell us about it! 



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  • Francesca (@WorkMomTravels)

    Love the photos! Lake Champlain is someplace I’ve wanted to visit for a long time. I was close last year – in upstate New York – but didn’t make it. Wamp wamp…

  • Mama Munchkin

    You know we have NEVER visited a lake that has a story like that. I really want to bc it would be super fun to prank the kids. Truth be told they would probably get me first 😉 In CA most of our lakes our dried up do to our drought. Your pictures are so beautiful it makes me so sad that our lakes don’t look like that anymore 🙁

  • Lydia C. Lee

    The size of those lakes always blows my mind a little….lovely pics

  • Lydia C. Lee

    Not sure what happened to my comment? Anyway beautiful pics.

  • Shobha

    Beautiful! I’ve only ever been to Lake Michigan of the Great Lakes. Would love to see more of them. Champ sound like a relative of Nessie at Loch Ness 🙂

  • Pinay Flying High

    It looks beautiful but the way you described it as a very deep lake, I wouldn’t want to go swimming in it specially if the monster is lurking beneath the waters. :p

  • Julie @ Girl on the Move

    These pictures are absolutely gorgeous and they make me want to spend a day out on the lake just relaxing with a drink in one hand and a book in the other! Thanks for linking up with Travel Tales!

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