The local folklore is that over 300 years ago, Samuel de Champlain, while exploring the region, learned from the natives in the area of a legendary creature who lived in the lake.. The myth has been strengthened by sign which once welcomed visitors to Cobden. The sign featured Champlain holding his famous lost astrolabe while looking out over
Reports of Mussie apparently can be traced back to 1916. Two of these creatures were also caught on film by a fisherman. The film is said to show two creatures at the same time, in the water. The film is short and was studied by scientists who concluded that maybe they are seal like animals.
At 8:30 P.M., June 7 , 1976, two people, Allen Childerhorse and John Hoard reported seeing a large creature in the lake. Hoard wrote: “Trailing about thirty feet behind and cutting the surface a green fin of some sort. I felt a little weird…I don’t know what to make of it…”
Then a Mr. and Mrs. Stark reported seeing two humps moving across the lake and then disappearing into the water.
In 1988 Michael Bradley conducted a sonar survey of
In the mid-1990s Mussie was made the focal point of a Cobden/Ottawa Valley marketing campaign. Flags, windsocks and signs sprung up all around Cobden and the entire
Other theories include that of Mussie enthusiast Dennis Blaedow, who thinks that Mussie may spend the winter in some form of hibernation feeding off a cache of food deep in the
So varying descriptions from serpent to seal as is normal with lake sightings. If the eye witness accounts were all the same then that would be more suspicious than if they are all different. Perception is individual and memory fallible. There seems to be no recent sightings documented but that doesn’t mean to say none have happened. Most people are reticent about coming forward saying they have seen a monster.