Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 17th, 2009
Vindicator & Republican
July 3, 1903
IS IT A SEA SERPENT?
SOME MAMMOTH CREATURE IN
EAST OKOBOJI LAKE
It Appeared Like an Upturned Skiff and
Made Waves that Threatened to Overturn Boats – What Is It?
Is there a sea serpent in East Okoboji?
Nearly every fashionable summer resort has one, then why should not Okoboji be the possessor of one?
One thing is certain, and that is that some unknown creature is alive in the waters of that lake, that would undoubtedly hurry a good husky person to land with hook and line.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bartlett were at the lake a few days ago on a fishing excursion. They saw something, or rather saw where something was. They have no idea what it was. It might have been a sea serpent, or it might have been some kind of a fish that had grown to unusual and extraordinary
They were out in the lake in a boat, when they noticed a short distance from them a terrible commotion in the water. The thing, whatever it was, was moving quite rapidly through the water and quite close to the top, and had the appearance of being as large as an overturned skiff. It made waves so large that Mr. Bartlett was really alarmed, fearing they would swamp his boat.
He does not pretend to know what it was and declares he would not have believed there was such a creature in the lake had he not seen it with his own eyes the commotion made by it.
Further developments at the lake will be awaited with interest.
East Okoboji Lake is a natural body of water, approximately 1,835 acres (7.43 km²) in area, in Dickinson County in northwest Iowa in the United States. It is part of the chain of lakes known as the Iowa Great Lakes. The name derives from its Dakatoh Indian name, Okoboozhy, meaning reeds and rushes.
The towns of Spirit Lake and Okoboji sit along its western shore.
The lake is shallow, with an average depth of 10 ft (3 m) and a maximum depth of 22 ft (7 m).
During the summer months, it is prone to stratification and to overgrowth with algae.
Geologically, the lake, like its neighbors, is a glacial pothole, a remnant of the most recent ice age approximately 13,000 years ago.
The lake is a popular fishing destination in the region, especially for the catching of bullheads.
Thanks to Jerome Clark for the 1903 contribution.