The Ultimate Search
Quest is an organization dedicated to finding,
identifying and protecting the large reptiles known collectively as
CHAMP, who have chosen Lake Champlain as their home.
To report a Champ Sighting
35,000 + visitors
In the Beginning.............
It was the summer of 1965 that I first knew "The Lake Champlain Monster" was real. My Aunt Shirley and Uncle Pete Bigelow had been boating in Plattsburgh Bay. They came home with a tale that spurred me toward a lifetime of adventure.
When they arrived home that afternoon, they were very excited and definite about what they had seen. While anchored in the crystal clear, sandy bottomed bay, they saw one of the animals known as Champ, swim under their boat.
The description they gave, fascinated me. They had captured the imagination of a nine year old boy. The search begain.
Thirty-six years later; we have now entered a
new millennium-the search will continue during the winter months using
sonar through the ice. A hunch I have, as to were (at least
ONE of them hibernates) is worth pursuing. If it gets cold enough
to freeze!!! February 14, 2001: Lake Champlain has not froze end
to end for the past six years.
The marshes have not been safe this past winter.
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Champ in the Spotlight...
has chosen Champ as a Supergraphic
It is to be used worldwide on the side of their trucks. I have been helping them for about a year and am very pleased with the results.
The February 2000 issue of Sports
Afield magazine has a piece on the Champ Quest Field Guides.
Ever wonder what Champ looks like?
The links below will take you to images I created using
a model Tanystropheus.
|June sightings calendar||July sightings calendar|
What made this different from other sightings I
have had, is the detail in the video,
it shows the texture of the animals skin. It looked like that of a sturgeon. To be sure
I brought the video to the Federal Fisheries Dept. and had it viewed by a biologist that
knows sturgeon inside and out. After viewing it she stated that the animals in the video
were not Sturgeon "...have you thought of Champ?"
On July 23, I was conducting the search from Button
Bay-around 5 p.m. my eye picked
up movement between Rock Island and the shore.
The movement, quick and distant, still stood the hairs up on my neck, I quickly began to video tape.
Over a four minute period a single Champtany sticks its neck straight out of the water and remains
on the surface long enough for me to zoom in while the camera was on a tripod.
It bends its neck and looks like its neck is contracting in a vertical manor (like trying to
swallow something) the animal after a few minutes quickly disappears under the water.
Download the file fullzoom.mpeg(4.72 megabytes).
THE ONLY ENHANCEMENT IS TAPE SPEED: DUE TO THE SPEED OF THE THE ANIMAL AND THE ROCKING OF THE BOAT I SLOWED THE VIDEO DOWN A LITTLE. NOT ENOUGH TO ADD MUCH DISTORTION. WHAT YOU WILL BE SEEING IS SIMILAR TO THIS STILL SHOT.
THE ANIMAL IS MOVING (FROM RIGHT(west) TO LEFT(east)) CHANGING SHAPE AS IT MOVES
KINDA LIKE A CATERPILLAR
The entire segment in real-time, is less than 4 seconds.
This slowed version of the REAL-TIME is +-18 seconds.
The entire video is 24 seconds........
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COUPLE CHAMPS AT ARNOLD'S BAY - Panton, Vermont
Sighting Update: Winter sighting of Champ makes Hall question his own theories!!!
from the Past!!!
This rock, before the workman started digging, stuck out of the river bank about two feet.
When they quit, a surface measuring ten feet wide and eight feet tall, was exposed.
Also exposed were many inscriptions, including
the one above. To view the entire ROCK,
and story behind it, click the above image.
|Tanystropheus would make a sound like THIS According to the man that recreated the dinosaur sounds for the original Jurassic Park|
Other Photographic Evidence:
In 1977, Sandi Mansi snapped the best photo in existence
of a lake monster.
I have enlarged portions of the photo. To see the results click.
The photo can also be seen here.
|Lake Champlain: Troubled Water|
What's the connection? coming soon................
The Moon plays the biggest role in deciding when I look for Champ (unless someone calls in a sighting as it's happening). All animals, including humans, are affected by the moon. Champtanystropheus is no exception to the rule. Champtany's are a nocturnal animal. During the twilight hours fish rise to the surface to feed on the bugs ect. that have accumulated on the surface of the lake during the day. This is a predictable behavior that fish possess. Champtany feeds on the fish that feed on the bugs, because of this, they too become predictable.
The best search method for seeing these animals is still hunting. Better yet still hunting from the same exact spot night after night. Just because you do not always see the Champtanys, that does not mean they are not there. By returning to the same spot over and over you become part of the background an expected sight. Its then and I am not talking days or weeks, it may be the third or fourth summer, that the animals will accept you as non-threatning part of their habitat. That is when the REAL fun begins.
While on watch one evening I saw one of these animals herd a school of fish into the shallow water off a state owned island. It happened just as I was arriving. I had to make a quick decision, watch the animal or get the camera and take my eyes off the animal, I watched. The animal guided the school of small fish into shallow water. It then slapped its neck back and forth against the surface of the water, stunning the fish. This sighting also left me stunned.
I have spent twenty years compiling information about Champ. My own sightings of Champ gave me the basis for narrowing the window of opportunity to see Champ. To put a theory to test, I re-read all the Champ sighting reports, paying close attention to the time of day, but more importantly, the time of month that past sightings had taken place. A distinctive pattern emerged which the end result is the Best Search Dates.
75% of the sightings (1997-1999) occured on a
Best Search Date.
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The 2000 Field Guide & Almanac
ISBN 1-928837-01-8 $16.95 U.S.
Who is polluting VERMONT?
Find out who is polluting Vermont Where they are located The chemicals they release The Hazards they create How to take Action Click the SCORECARD image
Offering this service on the Champ Quest Web site is by no means a slam to the businesses mentioned as polluters. In fact theses businesses should be praised for their efforts to cut the amount of pollutants released into the environment. Lake Champlain is cleaner today because of these efforts. Champ Quest would like to Thank You.
Champlain is in deep trouble: It is reported that the Quagga Mussel,
a cousin of the Zebra Mussel, has also invaded
This invasion has been confirmed!!
Lake Bomossen in Southern Vermont is just one of the latest victim of the Zebra Mussel. How did it happen? To prevent this in the future an all out effort to find the source should be the number one priority of the state of Vermont.
a Summer Vacation in Vermont
Ver-monster Hunting on Lake Champlain
The Lake Champlain Ferries
All from downtown Burlington, Vermont
Tour the Countryside....Tour
the Lake Bottom
New site I discovered February 08, 2000 Give it a visit!!!
CHAMP ART Artist Elizabeth Fraser
Champtanys are a protected species in VT and New York
Vermont Frogs in Trouble
United States Government connection Deformed Frogs
The state of Vermont's deformed Frogs
Traveler's Guide Essence
The Addison County Independent Earthquake
June 30, 1997 Champ(s) sighting Addison,Vermont
July 8, 1997 Champ(s) seen by three people Shoreham, Vt
August 7,1997 Champ seen up close at Perkins Pier Burlington, Vt
August 19, 1997 Champ sighted in New York Crown Point, NY
August 28, 1997 Couple see Champ while camping Grand Isle State Park,Vt
Click picture for a computer enhanced version
click on the WAKE to view embossed Image
|Lake Champlain water temperature and Water level 2000|
|Date||Moon||Water Temp.F.||Water Level
Feet above sea level
|Date||Moon||Water Temp.||Water Level||Comments:|
|1-2||37||95.64||Water level 4 ft. lower than this date last year|
|1-3||37||95.63||Air Temp. 56 f. Record High|
|1-23||33||95.82||Button Bay Frozen over|
|3-12||35||97.5||Lake did not freeze over end to end!|
|4-16||32||99.92||50 degree air temp. change in 24 hours|
|5-6||42||101.4||Very High Water|
Lots of Champ Stuff Below:
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|This page is dedicated
to my father William Herman Hall d.1989
and my stepfather George D. Bibeau d.1998
The most lovable, supportive, inspirational Wife in the universe
March of 1997
Dennis Jay Hall
*Burlington Free Press July 11, 1999