While there is no scientific evidence for the Lake Champlain Monster’s existence, and many reasons to suppose against it, there have been more than 300 reported sightings. Back in the 1880’s, the frenzy surrounding the monster began when P.T. Barnum offered $50,000 for the capture of Champ, dead or alive. People poured into the lake in search of the beast, but no one was able to collect. Most recently in 2006, two fishermen believed they captured the creature on video, but the images remained murky.
Plattsburgh folk musician Stan Ransom, who’s known as the Connecticut Peddler, has written a song celebrating the mystery of the Lake Champlain Monster. It’s called, Champ, and it’s from his album, Songs of Lake Champlain.