We have our own lake monster around these parts. I swear I might have seen it once, but I was too far from the water to know for sure…
Ogopogo is a monster said to inhabit Okanagan Lake, British Columbia. Ogopogo is often depicted as having a serpentine shape and a bearded goat like head. Legends about Ogopogo were passed down by local natives long before the first European settlers. The Shushwap and Okanekaneis called it n’ha-a-itk which means “lake demon”. One native legend explains that Ogopogo was once a demon possessed man who murdered a respected local resident. In punishment the murderer was transformed into a serpent and cursed to remain where he committed his crime for eternity. For safe passage across the lake, small animals were sacrificed.
- Ogopogo the Lake Monster
- Stories of Ogopogo (anecdotes/sightings)
- Ogopogo the Bashful Monster (CBC Video)
- Ogopogo the Monster of Lake Okanagan
Related Creatures: Loch Ness Monster, sea serpent
Region of Origin: North America, Canada, British Columbia, Okanagan Valley