Champ, Lake Champlain's Monster
Lake Champlain, Port Henry
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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.