Legend Tripping Devil’s LakeOctober 5th, 2011
Devil’s Lake State Park is the most popular state park in all of Wisconsin. Located just three miles from Baraboo, the park has unbelievable rock formations, petrified sand waves from a prehistoric sea, and effigy mounds similar to those at Lizard Mound County Park at West Bend.
In addition to these ancient wonders the park has plenty to offer legend trippers. In the 1970s there was an outbreak of harry hominid sightings. These large furry beasts were tormenting campers in the dark hours of the night.
There have been numerous sightings of lake monsters through out the years ranging from “Nessie” type creatures, to one resembling giant octopus.
At night the wake of a phantom canoe can be seen along the surface of the water on particularly cold, foggy nights.
Numerous Native American legends surround the location. One legend speaks of a titanic battle between a folk of thunderbirds and a family of water spirits. Another tells of a Native American Romeo and Juliet who killed themselves in the waters.
For more information see Loren Coleman’s “Mysterious America” or Chad Lewis’s “Wisconsin Road Guide to Mysterious Creatures.”