Lake Hodges creature
There is apparently a monster in lake Hodges .Lake Hodges is in fact a reservoir. Hodges Lake itself is 6.5 miles long and has 19 miles of shoreline.
story of the lake creature starts in 1916 when a Col. Ed Fletcher
convinced the Santa Fe Railroad to create a dam to provide water for the
new town being built up.The river that runs in to the lake had run
through the Del Dios valley for 40,000 years.. Reports of the indigenous
people’s warnings about a river creature are dismissed as an attempt to
stop the project. In 1919 the construction was finished creating a dam
at the end of Lake Hodges to create a much larger lake.
In 1921 some local San Diego
fishermen report seeing .a large disturbance in the water. Rumours that
the Navy may have been conducting underwater tests on early submarines
were denied by the U.S. Navy .
Then in 1923 there were more complaints from local Lake Hodges
fishermen reported. In the same year both the mines in the area report
their heavy rock extraction equipment had been pushed over or
partially crushed. The Sheriff wrote a report that said whoever did it
appears to have used a boat to get to the mines and must have wiped
away any footprints, as none were seen.
In 1929 the Escondido Mayor John L. Offitt formally requests that the City of San Diego look into reports of a creature in Lake Hodges.
1930 the researchers reported no conclusive evidence of a creature but
although one assistant did report seeing a lizard-like head breaking
the surface of the lake .
In 1931 a boat
docked on a small pier was destroyed. Once more no footprints are found
and the police write in their report that there appears to have been
"...great turmoil under the water along the base of the pier, from a
boat or underwater vessel...or perhaps a large creature."
In 1932 attempts were made to capture the Lake Hodges
monster. A large cage-like trap was made and a small sea lion was
secured inside as bait. Cameras held underwater in glass containers .
Nothing was captured but the sea lion bait disappeared and one
photograph was taken from one of the buoy cameras. The project was
cancelled after a public outcry when it became known that sea lions
were being used as bait.
Then in . 1956
highly toxic chemicals were put in the lake to kill all of the fish.
The lake was then restocked with new fish.. An anonymous statement
written on City of San Diego letterhead stated that officials were not just attempting to kill the carp in the lake but also the monster.
story should have ended there but in 1966 a family picnic outing
turned into a frightening experience when a large creature surfaced
about 150 feet (48 metres) offshore. There were in total seven eye
witnesses whose stories all corroborated. So either the lake
monster(nicknamed Hodgee) was not in the lake when it was poisoned or
was immune to it. Perhaps the dose wasn’t high enough to kill a large
An article from May 15, 2005
Hall knows a lot more about Hodgee than I do. He walks the lake almost
every day. He could tell you everything on the Monster History Web site
(www.hodgee.com/history.html). He knows that local Native Americans
warned about a river creature in the region before the Hodges Dam was
built in 1918. He knows there were many reported sightings after the dam
was completed. (The last one was in 1966). There's even a photograph
that verifies that the lake at least used to be home to something that
can truthfully be described as a "lump." Leonard Nimoy did not rush out
to do an "In Search Of" episode. But Hall, 76, still leads Hodgee
hunters on lake tours. (The next will be July 9). Hodgee is a hook to
lure visitors. Kids love it. "It makes a good story," Hall said.
"Anything to get people to come out." The abundant rainfall has perked
up the local flora and fauna, and Hall, a volunteer with the San
Dieguito River Park, tells the uninitiated what they're seeing. He also
goes into Hodges' history and describes the water project that will
stabilize the lake level.
"I also talk about the American Indian lore," Hall said. "It's a nice outing."
I found when researching this that there is supposed to a volcanic
fault in the lake bed. So earth tremors which would explain the
wrecked boats, mining equipment and disturbances in the water but not
the head nor humps seen by some eye witnesses.
a man made lake has not stopped other lakes being the supposed home of
lake monsters and it was originally a smaller lake before the river was
dammed so some large fish or creature could have been trapped there.
To find out more :http://www.hodgee.com/ “
The LHSRC is a research organization that is dedicated to learning more about the unexplained phenomena related to Lake Hodges. In particular, we are focused on the so-called "Lake Hodges Monster," known locally as "Hodgee."”