Lake Travis Strangeness
Lake Travis is a large body of water in Texas ,63.75 miles long, and is 210 foot (70 metres) at its deepest point.It was built as a reservoir to deal with the Colorado River flooding the area which was then mostly argricultural.The Pedernales River, a major tributary of the Colorado River, flows into the lake. Fish in the lake include largemouth bass, guadalupe bass, white bass, striped bass and catfish .
September 5, 2020, a boat parade took place . The Travis County Sheriff's office reported that they had received multiple calls involving boats in distress, and that several boats had sank.Was it the wake of all the boats that caused it or something else?
Lake Travis is said to have a mysterious lake monster called Ole Hippie.The name comes from many supposed sightings near Lake Travis’s Hippie Hollow area. Many reported sightings in the early 2000s mention something big below the water’s surface. There have been old legends about monsters in the area in the rivers.
On Saturday, April 4 2009, Steve Jones, reported seeing a strange creature while fishing on the lake.He said it was about 8am and he was in his boat when a large shadow passed under the boat.He related that it must have been 50 feet long (approx 16 metres) and estimated it was about 20 feet ( 7 metres) below him but the water was murky so difficult to get a clear view. .It took off at speed.
Perhaps it was a large snake or a catfish. Very large Blue Catfish have been caught in the area.
However the strangeness doesn’t stop there .
In 2007 a biology professor and a student were at the lake at night. The professor wanted to test out the flash on his camera so took a photo. That photo when developed showed a human like figure in the back ground.Theories abound from a bigfoot type creature, to a mer-being from the lake to a camper caught unawares with his trousers down.It remains an unsolved mystery.
UFO sightings have also been reported around the lake so could it have been extra terrestrial? In 2018, a camper claimed to have filmed a rod-shaped UFO when visiting the lake. In 2021 NFL player Baker Mayfield and his wife Emily claimed to have seen something unusual fly over the lake.
I have often said on this blog how some places seem to invite strangeness and maybe Lake Travis is another of those places.