Saturday, 26 June 2010

Saddle Lake serpent, part of a hoax?


 As recently as 1984 there have been reports of a serpent in Saddle Lake but Was the Saddle Lake Monster a hoax? There is a newspaper report about the hunt for the creature.
THE SERPENT OF SADDLE LAKE -Halloween night, 1984, an Alberta government helicopter flew out to Saddle Lake to hunt for a mysterious monster. Professor James Butler, Social Science professor at the University of Alberta feels that there may be some truth to the story.
IN1984, the local native tribal council actually closed  access to the lake, partially out of fear of the monster. The University of Alberta came and patrolled the lake with a depth sounder, and a government helicopter was called in for an aerial look .Saddle Lake is downstream from Edmonton, and is connected to the river so  some thought it may be Ogopogo passing through.
The ogopogo sightings were the invention of Grace Schierholtz, according to Brian Mazza  he said she set out to prove that the upper reaches of the North Saskatchewan River were the spawning ground for the British Columbia monster. But the local peoples claim there has been a serpent in saddle lake for over 100 years. Would they close access to the river for a hoax? Certainly something to ponder over, was it  a legend, a creature in the lake or a hoax to prove a theory?

 sorry just a short blog today as very tired.

8 comments:

D.Thompson said...

hi there i wood like more info on this lake monster i heard of a young girl who disappered in the 30's she was bout 6 yrs old praying to the sprits and it is said the snake or serpent took her she was not seen again and no-one ever wrote bout that...another story is bout the little people the live by the streams in saddlelake e-mail..miloandcharlie@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Coming from Saddle Lake Cree Nation myself I've been told that the Cree people lived in the area of Saddle Lake, known as Onicikiskwapowin in our native tongue, for generations. And in those generations a great serpent called 'kihci-manitow nipiy misi-kinêpik' was always present in lore and legends. There's hardly any pictures or videos as evidence but you will always hear stories about people seeing something strange in the lake. The lake itself is fairly small but has depths that reach hundreds of feet. During the 60's and 70's Saddle Lake was a favorite fishing spot for many non-Aboriginal peoples but many people reported seeing something strange and quit going to the lake. I'm afraid to go in the lake myself because the water is so polluted from the Indians that surround it.

Anonymous said...

I too am a Saddle Lake Cree member and lived by the lake as a child. I have heard stories from my grandfather about the serpent but, have never saw anything unusual in the lake. I'm not saying that I don't believe. I do. My uncle had told us back in the 1980's, a couple of non- aboriginal men went to fish at the lake one day and came running back to his place because they had seen something that looked so horrible that they left their fishing gear, boat and vehicle and ran. My uncle had to go with some help to retrieve their belongings because they did not want to ever go back there again. As for the comment made by anonymous: The lake was polluted by those that leased land for crop and sprayed pesticides by plane to get rid of hoppers and such. Spraying crops by plane is now banned due to the toxins in the water.

Anonymous said...

im from s.l and me and my family seen it in 1999 its the biggest snake i ever seen it strecthed across the whole lake bumps in and out of the water then it made a horse shoe shape thats the first time i seen it and the last time i ever seen we would of took a pic but no one had a camera and now no one believes we seen it

Anonymous said...

Pint is illegal for a reason

Anonymous said...

I'd remain anonymous too, with your ignorant comment js!

Anonymous said...

Lol

Saddle lake member 5614 said...

It’s 100% real, I worked at the healing lodge, receptionist few years back. My mom would drive me to and from and the morning it was seen my nephews were with us as it was mid July n they were summer students. Working at the lodge I saw this lake day in, day out sometimes I’d have nothing to do but look at the lake cuz well, as those of us who are from therw know, the lodge is usually dead, lol. Anyhow, as reception I was always the first to arrive after the cooks. The morning of the sighting it was super hot, clear sky and not even a small whisp of wind. We pull up to the lodge, my mother has to go in to bring papers to a staff, my nephews are in the vehicle awaiting drop off. I walk into the lodge first I look in the great room and the cook is standing by the window in shock. I look at him n like hey are you ok? He says, the snake is in the water. I was excited I was like no fucking way I drop all my shit n go running to the window. Like omg some ppl can wait their whole lives n never experience this I was so intrigued. So i go stand where he is my mother follows; low n behold there is a 4 foot high 6 foot long massive black hump just swimming. That’s it, a black hump two waves on the side of it. I then need to see more so my mom fetches my nephews I run to the shore of the lake alone. I stand there in awe just watching this hump swim in a straight line in the middle of the lake. I look down at the shore n I notice like this thing must be huge, there’s ducks swimming, no waves. The water is what else I’d never forget. There was not one ripple not one wave; it was so calm it looked like glass. The birds which usually are all over the lake, are oddly at the shore. N literally by the trees not moving, super eeery cuz I stood there n they didn’t even fly away. So I’m observing this monstrosity of a black hump just swim. Two waves beside the hump, then shortly later my nephews come to the shore, no one speaks we just watch it. Now from beginning to end this was a 20 minute observation of 4 individuals ages 14-55 so no one was seeing things, we were all of sound mind. As this thing swims it suddenly does a B line north from its extremely straight swim line pattern, towards late Robbie wahsatnows place. After it reaches the exact middle of the lake. And the hump just disappears. I was like , holy shit I cannot believe what’ I just saw. N then we all go back into the lodge completely amazed like WOW, like what to do with this information, lol. I then observe the lake again, there’s suddenly waves back in it again, little ripples as usual and it looks blue not like a glass mirror. That was odd, it was like everything stoped for this creature to make its self be seen even the water refused to get in the way of it. It was amazing for sure, I hope one day more people will do as I did after and get the story of why I saw what I did at that time from the old people. There’s a reasons in our creation for everything. So don’t go try look for this thing just leave it alone, it will decide who is to see it and when.

Thank u