Sightings and stories can be can be traced as far back to the native population of the Nez Perce Indians. The Nez Perce Indians made their summer home on the shores of
One of the first accounts of the Wallowa Lake Monster by settlers was published in the Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper in 1885. Apparently , a prospector, was about midway across the lake when he saw an animal about fifty yards to the right of his boat. The animal reared its head and neck out of the water about 10 feet, paused, then quickly dove back into the water. The startled prospector stopped rowing and gazed around the lake in astonishment. As he looked for the strange creature, the beast appeared again, about the same distance as before but this time to the left of his boat, and this time exposed its body which the prospector estimated to be about 100 feet long. The monster glided along for several hundred yards, it seemed to have a large, flat head and a neck as wide as a man’s body and about 10 feet in length. The creature let out a bellow something like a cow’s and then slide slowly beneath the surface.
A more recent sighting was by a woman , Irene Wiggins, who has owned the lodge at
There have been scattered sightings over the years of something in the lake. What I find interesting is that this is once more a glacial lake, with cold waters ,formed in the last ice age and this seems to be theme among lakes which are said to contain large creatures. I am not sure monster is a good term for them but it is the one in normal use. I don’t imagine if they exist they are monsters , just some large unknown creatures that live out their lives in the lakes.
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