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Does Lake Champlain harbor a monster?
Port Henry sure thinks so. They celebrate his existence with their Annual Champ Day celebration, the first Saturday in August.
Our resident monster, affectionately known as "Champ" or the nickname "Champy," has been sighted for as long as people have been in this part of the Adirondacks. Old stories of the Native American tribes that lived near Lake Champlain confirm that they believed a "horned serpent" lived in the lake. A possible theory regarding these beliefs centers around Split Rock, in Essex, New York, which features natural rock structures that resemble petrified snakes.
Modern sightings started in Bulwagga Bay, Port Henry in 1819. This remains an excellent place to launch a Champ search. If you are fortunate, you can place your name on the Big Board of Champ Sightings. Samuel de Champlain starts the board in 1609, but experts dispute this one. The year 1873 was quite a year for Champ hunting, with several sightings of Champ by a railroad crew, passengers of a steamship, and a small boy fishing.
All of this publicity predated that of the Loch Ness monster, "Nessie," whose first modern sighting is considered to be July 22, 1933.
A more recent picture of Champ was taken in November of 2000, and of course there is the famous "Mansi photograph."
If you are fortunate enough to see Champ your name can be added to the local sightings board.