By Neil Horner, News Reporter
Aug 14, 2007
Sightings over the years could mean there’s a monster
Is there something strange living in Cameron Lake? Bridgette Horvath isn’t sure, but she says she saw something very odd in the water when driving by the swimming area recently, and others say they’ve either seen it too, or heard from others who have.
Horvath said she was driving past the lake with a friend on the afternoon of July 30 when she noticed a strange wake in the water. There was no boat making the wake, which she said appeared to be made by something large under the water.
She pulled her vehicle over and got out to look.
In all, she said, there appeared to be three objects or creatures in the water.
“They were going in a circle, like when whales school up fish,” she said.
Horvath is mystified, but, says Cameron Lake resort owner Louis Verheyen, this was not the first sighting of something strange in Cameron Lake. Far from it.
“I’ve been here since 1980 and I’ve never seen anything, but people have asked me 30 or 40 times over the years if there’s something strange in the lake,” he said.
“A couple of weeks ago someone said they saw something that looked like a row of car tires or something. Another time, a guy was fishing and he said he saw something really big on his depth sounder. It scared him and he left.”
Another time, 15 or 20 years ago, he said a mining company was using part of the campground and a couple of the workers took a canoe out for a spin on the lake.
“I made my rounds and they asked me there was something strange in the lake. They said they were out in the canoe and the water was calm, like a mirror, and all of a sudden there were big waves and really lots of strange swirls,” he said. “It scared them and they came out.”
Verheyen said he’s leery of monster tales, but he’s received so many reports over the years, he believes there may indeed be something living in the lake that’s bigger than lake trout.
“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” he said. “It’s a mysterious lake.”
One of those mysteries, he said, involved tales of a man drowning in Horne Lake and his body being pulled out of Cameron Lake. As well, he said, one time he saw the water recede very quickly from the shore and later heard there had been an earthquake in Alaska at the same time.
One of the people who reported odd sightings was Veheyen’s daughter, Sandra, who said the most recent reports of a possible creature came as no surprise. She said she both heard tales of a creature and saw strange things in the water as she grew up at the campground — so many in fact she had a name for it.
“We called it the Bloop-bloop,” she said. “That was the name I gave it.”
She said she eventually decided to ignore the odd phenomenon for a couple of reasons.
“After a couple of years I just said forget it, people aren’t going to want to swim anymore,” she said. “I told my kids if there is something in there it’s not going to eat you, as it’s been there for a long time and there’s been lots of incidents.”
That opinion of the creature — if that’s what it is — is shared by longtime area resident Colleen Locke. A 25-year resident at the lakeside, Locke said she, too, has heard tales, and seen something she couldn’t explain.
“I don’t believe in monsters,” she said. “However, last year I saw something like a wave at the other end of the lake, like the wake of a boat, but there were no boats on the lake. I’m thinking it could be something under water causing it, an upwelling or current perhaps.”
As well, she said, some friends saw strange humps in the water one time which they couldn’t explain.
Again, if it is a creature, she said, it appears to be harmless.
“My granddaughter said if there’s something in there it’s a nice one, because it hasn’t hurt anyone yet,” she said.