You Might Be from Vermont IF...You Know Who Champ the Lake Monster Is!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Great American Dream Realty

You Might Be from Vermont IF...You Know Who Champ the Lake Monster Is!

Samuel de Champlain is credited with discovering Lake Champlain in 1609.  He was quoted as seeing an exceedingly large serpent-like creature during his voyages. Since then, Champ has been rumored to be seen from anywhere from ten feet to one hundred eighty seven feet in length with either a flat or round head, with one to four humps or up to five coils, scaly or smooth, drab or shiny. He appears to be quite the shape shifter.

Champ, the baseball loving lake monster, belongs to the elite group of creatures classified as cryptozoological animals. This group includes dragons, unicorns, pegasus. yeti and lake monsters. The common trait of this classification is that their existence has not been conclusively proven or disproven. Some scientists think that Champ may be a very, very old Basilosaurus, or king lizard. Many think they became extinct 34 - 40 million years ago. Champ's nearest relative is his cousin Nessie who resides in the waters of Scotland and is known as the Loch Ness Monster.


Regardless if others believe, Vermonters know that Champ is alive and well in our state. In fact, the State of Vermont passed a house resolution protecting Champ in 1982. No fishing for Champ!


When Champ is not frolicking in the lake, he enjoys being the mascot for the Vermont Lake Monsters minor league baseball team. Champ, Vermont's affectionately revered lake monster, is a very fun creature who also likes to appear on t-shirts and other touristy memorabilia. Champ has even been known to appear in the occassional parade.


The 'Mansi Photo' was taken in 1977 and is the most famous real picture of Champ. Lake monster scholars cite the Mansi Photo as the most credible scholarly evidence of Champ's existence because it's authenticity is held in such high regard. It has become 'the Holy Grail of Lake Monsterdom'.

If you happen to come to Vermont to visit Champ and fall in love with Vermont (which is very easy to do), please call Lisa Friedman of Great American Dream Realty. I will find you a lakefront home where you can frolic with Champ every day. Come for a visit, fall in love, stay forever.


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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Lisa- I did not know about Champ!  These stories intrigue me especially when there are those fuzzy pictures of sightings!! 

Apr 29, 2015 06:57 AM #1
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Lisa - that is an interesting story.  Telling it add flavor to your lovely area and Lake Champlain.

Apr 29, 2015 07:58 AM #2
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Lisa, I have enjoyed watching a couple of documentaries about Champ and I think it is great that the state is protecting him/her! 

Apr 29, 2015 09:02 AM #3
Retired from ActiveRain
Baker, OR

Lisa Friedman, You picked a good subject to write about for the ActiveRain contest!  Champ the Lake Monster was news to me and the story about how it became a legend incorporated into your local culture today was fascinating.  It even has its own Wikipedia entry that makes for interesting reading too.

Thank you for taking the time and effort to share this story in the ActiveRain community and for participating in this month's contest!

Apr 29, 2015 12:16 PM #4
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
30 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Rick Obst , Champ was fun to write about. He is a topic I have been wanting to write on for a while. The contest is what spurred me on. Thank you for supplying the Wiki link. It is very interesting and mentions over 300 reported sightings of Champ. 

Apr 29, 2015 01:49 PM #5
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for sharing more information on champ Lisa and thanks for visiting us in the Adirondacks

Apr 29, 2015 01:54 PM #6
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Hi, Lisa. Thanks for sharing this interesting story about Champ. It sure is one of the many things to fall in love with Vermont. 

May 01, 2015 03:17 PM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

What I learned

May 02, 2015 01:24 PM #8
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Lisa-I enjoy seeing the minor league team logos. Some of the most creative marketing is done by minor league teams. They kind of have to be creative.

May 02, 2015 01:43 PM #9
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Lisa it was great learning about Champ however I thought his closest relative was Ozzy over here at Lake Ozonia

May 02, 2015 02:59 PM #10
Sarah Cole
Strategic Digital Marketing Consultant - - Tully, NY
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So glad I didn't miss this post!  Loved it!!

May 02, 2015 10:22 PM #11
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

What a great post about a well known local icon. I loved reading about Champ!

May 03, 2015 01:52 AM #12
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I'm so glad Kathy shared your post, I didn't know about Champ and his history!  Great pictures!

May 03, 2015 05:03 AM #13
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

What a great contest entry. Who knew that you had your very own lake monster up there!

May 03, 2015 09:04 AM #14
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I love a good local legend and the Champ Monster sounds like a great local legend.

May 03, 2015 10:54 AM #15
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

True, yes, I am fascinated--as a photgrapher--and intrigued by mysteries of prehistoric beings. I did some reading on this after Kathy Streib brought it to my attention. There are some definite inconsistencies in Mansi's story over time. 

New information surfaces about Mansi Photo. Who really knows? It certainly makes great fodder for a blogpost. 

May 03, 2015 01:53 PM #16
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

I loved learned about Champ, and your call to action is great.

May 04, 2015 03:14 AM #17
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I had been aware of the photos of Champ and had been past the area a few times in the past on business.

May 06, 2015 12:15 AM #18
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