Formed by glacier activity during the last ice age, Lake Memphremagog is a 32 mile long body of fresh water located roughly 70 miles east of Montreal between Vermont, USA and Quebec, Canada. Early explorers and settlers were warned by natives living in the region not to swim or bathe in the lake as they may fall prey to the monster that lives within. As is common in a large amount of Lake Monster sightings, the beast is often described as having an appearance similar to that of a plesiosaur, a carnivorous aquatic reptile thought to have gone extinct millions of years ago.
The first published accounts of the creature were printed in 1816; according to this report a settler by the name of Perry, along with his wife, witnessed the creature swim past their lakeside home. Perry’s description of the beast however varies greatly from the majority of other sightings; he stated that what he saw looked like a sheep shorn of its wool and processing 12 to 15 pairs of legs.
The late Jacques Boisvert dedicated the majority of his life to the study and preservation of Lake Memphremagog and is considered to have been one of the fore most experts on the creature thought to dwell in the lake. Boisvert, whose untimely passing on February 4, 2006 deeply saddened the cryptozoological community, founded the Lake Memphremagog Historical Society in 1980 and made over 5,500 dives in the lake before his passing. He is credited with inventing the creature’s moniker, Memphre, and registered the name legally in Canada, encouraging the names use by the lodging and tourism businesses of the region.
Although Jacques never encountered Memphre himself, he did write an article on the creature for the Newport Daily Express entitled Lake Memphremagog’s Anacondo, which was published on August 18th 1983. The aim of his article was to get feedback from the locals of the area and perhaps receive stories of personal encounters with Memphre. His plan was a success and Boisvert soon became inundated with reports, accumulating no less than 229 sworn testimonials by the year 2000.
Although video footage shot by a vacationer, Patricia de Broin Fournier, allegedly showing Memphre has surfaced in recently years, it shows nothing more than a dark mass moving about in the water and is far from proof of Memphre’s existence. Thus the quest to identify Memphre continues to this day, and though we are with out one of the fore most experts on the creature his pioneering spirit and love of Lake Memphremagog continues on to this day.
There is currently no physical evidence to support the existence of the creature dubbed Memphre living in Lake Memphremagog.
In 1816, a settler by the name of Perry, and his wife, claimed to have witnessed the creature swim past their lakeside home.
Patricia de Broin Fournier claims to have filmed Memphre swimming in the lake.
The Stats – (Where applicable)
• Classification: Lake Monster
• Size: Unknown
• Weight: Unknown
• Diet: Unknown
• Location: Lake Memphremagog, USA and Canada
• Movement: Swimming
• Environment: Glacier formed lake