Lake Champlain Champ Monster

Lake Champlain Champ MonsterProduct: The Untold Story of Champ

Subject: The Lake Champlain Champ Monster

Author: Robert E. Bartholomew

Publisher: Excelsior

Language: English

Length: 270 Pages

Price: $21.06 ( Retail )

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Our Rating: 9 out of 10

The Champlain monster was reportedly discovered in 1609 by Samuel de Champlain starting off a chain reaction of reports and sightings to this day.

The 125-mile-long lake received so much attention in the 1800’s that showman P. T. Barnum set up a large reward for the beast’s capture between 1873 and 1887.

This resulted in a flurry of cryptozoological ‘monster hunters’ flocking to the area in a bid to finally capture the beast, dead or alive.

There have been many theories behind the monster lovably named ‘Champ’ over the years leading to vast media attention. In this article we will be looking at Robert E. Bartholomew’s publication on the Lake Champlain Champ monster titled The Untold Story of Champ

The Untold Story of Champ – Product Overview

The Untold Story of Champ is a biography of America’s Loch Ness Monster by sociologist Robert Bartholomew. In the book he takes on various journalist reports and highlights them for what they really are – lazy journalism.

He also looks into the local economy of the area and the tourist bureaus who he believes have ignored the true legacy of the beast and zeroed in on the dollars to be made instead.

He also offers the most complete and detailed history of the Champlain monster ever penned. The book stretches from the Native American lore to the modern-day monster hunters.

Bartholomew takes an in-depth look at the the famous Mansi photo of Champ to determine if it really is a hoax effort or not. The whole purpose of the book is directed at answering the age old question – does the Lake Champlain Champ monster exist?

The Good & The Bad

The Pros:

  • ​Covers 400 years of facts, fantasy and controversy surrounding The Champlain monster
  • Robert Bartholomew​ does not shy away from the truth – he asks the tough questions and puts his fellow media colleagues​ on the spot
  • A book suitable for both believers and skeptics​ of the subject
  • Bartholomew​ makes a point of looking into the backgrounds of numerous Champ lake monster witnesses and enthusiasts
  • Book is written in a very open minded style – if Robert Bartholomew​ is a skeptic then it does not come through in his writing at all
  • The author looks deep into the inconsistencies in stories and reports, refusing to accept claims at face value
  • The book covers numerous cryptozoologist feuds by the so called Champ lake monster​ experts

The Cons:

  • ​The author has not put a definitive end to the mystery​ leaving many important pieces of evidence unexplained

Who is This Book For?​

This book is directed at individuals who are looking to make their own mind up on the Champ lake monster. Robert Bartholomew makes sure that the publication is as unbiased as possible and shows no agenda except to clear up misunderstandings of published reports.

He leaves the final decision on the validity of the lake monster’s existence firmly in the reader’s hands.

Our Final Opinion on The Untold Story of Champ

Robert Bartholomew has done an excellent job of establishing the cultural background and investigating the famous eye-witness reports with this book.

The information reads very well without seeming too dry or academic – it remains interesting from start to finish.

I was impressed by the way he dug down into the photograph and testimony of Sandra Mansi – large portions of the book are dedicated to this sighting. He manages to highlight many interesting contradictions and inconsistencies in her version of events over the years.

A very entertaining and scientifically alert publication that will please most ( if not all ) individuals with an interest in cryptozoology.

US Visitors – Find Out More About The Untold Story of Champ: A Social History of America’s Loch Ness Monster HERE

UK Visitors – Find Out More About The Untold Story of Champ: A Social History of America’s Loch Ness Monster HERE

We hope you enjoyed this review and if you have any questions about The Untold Story of Champ, please leave them in the comment section below.

74 comments on “Lake Champlain Champ Monster

  1. Hello Chris,

    This is a detailed review on “The Lake Champlain Champ Monster”. this book seems to be very interesting. It is like you have given us the summary of the book. it actually triggers me to buy.

    You also recommend amazon as the cheapest place to purchase the book. Can I get the direct link to amazon so that i purchase the right book?


    1. Hi Tony,
      The links to Amazon are directly above this comment section…in bright red 🙂
      Don’t know how you missed them!!!

  2. I have bookmarked your website. It is fascinating to read about unexplained mysteries that have become part of the history of mankind. People find it difficult to have some sort of faith in things they cannot understand. I will be reading one of your books listed…The Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology. I believe there is evil in the world and demons can be invited into someones life by their actions.Iit is well documented in the Catholic Church that exorcism must be done by a Catholic priest for people who have demons residing in their souls.

    1. Hi Mac,
      That’s a really good choice of book – it’s very popular with visitors to our site! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did ( and don’t forget to pop back here and leave your opinion on it when you have finished! )
      Great to have you here mate 🙂

  3. I never know that this book is so full of mystery and suspense. The way you elaborate it makes me more eager to get the book.
    You should put a link to buy the book because I can seem to find the link to buy it.
    Robert E.Bartholomew is well known for its quality of writing so no doubt it get 9 out of 10. Great review by the way.

    1. You’re the second person to ask me about the Amazon links today!!!
      They are directly above this comment section at the end of the article – in bright red bold text LOL

  4. It’s kind of a shame that this book doesn’t make a final judgement on whether the story is true or not. However, maybe it is best to let the reader decide for themselves. Or perhaps there is just not enough sufficient concrete evidence to say one way or the other.

    Thanks for writing this though. I had never heard of this mystery before. I just stumbled across your website when looking for general information about this kind of thing, and this one sort of jumped out at me.

    1. Hi Marcus,
      Yeah the author of this book is quite a respectable guy so he doesn’t really lean one way or the other – he provides the facts and highlights the inconsistencies then lets the reader decide.
      Glad you enjoyed the review – hope you enjoy the book!!!

  5. Hi Chris, Being a Brit I have grown up with many stories about the Loch Ness Monster, all of them fascinating, but there still seems no concrete proof of its existence or not.

    I didn’t know that America had its own lake monster, and what a great name too. I do like a mystery and this one sounds intriguing, I might just have to get it.

    Your review gives a good overall account of what to expect in this book, thanks.


    1. Hi Robert,
      I’m also British ( well Welsh! ) and I also grew up with books on the Loch Ness monster!!!
      Until recently I was in the dark on the subject of Lake Champlain as well. If you go for the book remember to come back on post your own personal opinion on it 🙂

  6. This is very interesting, we have just watched a dvd called The Waterhorse which is about the Loch Ness Monster. My daughter is loving the movie and talks about it all the time.
    It would be very interesting to read all the facts and facts gathered about this creature. Thanks for a lovely review.

    1. Hi Lynne,
      I remember watching The Waterhorse a few years back now – not bad for a kid’s movie 🙂
      Glad you found the review and subject matter interesting!

  7. I am always intrigued by these unexplained mystery stories and based on your review it sounds like The Untold Story of Champ is a full history of this mystery.
    Do you have any other book recommendations on the Lake Champlain Champ Monster?
    What’s your favorite book about unexplained mysteries in general?

    1. Hi Jeff,
      That’s a really hard question to answer mate – I’ve read so many excellent publications over the years it’s hard to nail one down above the rest ( this was up there with the best mind! ).

  8. These unexplained sighting of strange creatures in Lake Champlain and Loch Ness have fascinated many for years. I just read that a new explanation for “Nessie” is that she is a giant catfish (catfish live in Loch Ness). Another possibility for these creatures is that thy are some type of giant eel. Adding to the intrigue at Lake Champlain is the fact that just after the last glaciers melted about 12,000 years ago, Lake Champlain was connected to the ocean and had salt water. Perhaps some large sea creature was trapped there.

    1. That’s a great point Mike – thanks for adding it to our article!
      I was unaware that Lake Champlain had salt water in it, very interesting.

  9. ooooh the lake champlain monster sounds kind of scary. It makes me very curious reading your article to wonder if the Locness monster is even a real thing or not…. I’d assume it’s possible, but UGH! The mystery of this story drives me insane. It’s crazy that the story has been consistent though for so many generations- all the way back to the people who owned the land…. makes me wonder!

    Matt TheDopestMatrix

  10. Hi Chris,
    Very interesting read! I too am a big fan of unsolved mysteries and would actually love a good review on these books before committing to buy. I have bookmarked your site to peep in every once in a while to see if any mysteries capture my interest!

  11. This is a really nice, well written review. You have described the book perfectly, in order for the reader to make their own mind up whether or not to buy it. I also like the fact that the author doesn’t try to sway the reader, and just reports the facts. That is the sign of a good author!

  12. Hello,
    Its the first time i hear about the champ ! I most admit it makes think of the lochness monster. Eventhough i don’t beleive in monsters stories, i do think that its interesting how science explains the myths. Are people still writing about the champ ? Is it a famous monster in US? I would be interested in seeing how it would look like, even if its just a drawing!
    Thank you for your intresting post, i will happy to read about other monsters !

    1. Hi Momo,
      Yes this is quite a famous monster in the US – it’s pretty much their own version of Nessie ( Loch Ness )!

  13. Wow great review. I mean everyone loves to listen to unexplained mysteries right? I think they can be the best kind of mysteries. This is definitely the perfect site for the open minded. I also like the emphasis that you put on the author making sure not to be biased, intrigues me to find out more. Because I know it is must be a good book that will challenge the mind.

  14. Hi Chris,

    You have a very interesting niche. I am a big fan of unsolved mysteries, conspiracy theories and ancient aliens.

    You clearly described the book and highlighted the significant events that transpired in 400 years or more.

    Your article will surely arouse curiosity within your readers and make them more interested in buying the book.

  15. What an interesting book.. I love conspiracy stories and unsolved theories.. the book looks a bit pricey though, it might be one for me to look at in the library rather than buying it! It sounds similar to the Loch Ness Monster which we have in the UK which is another theory which has been ongoing for centuries and still nobody is any wiser.. I also love how you cater for the US and UK! Sammi

  16. Hey Chris, first of all, great review of the book; you covered just about everything you could think of.
    Second, this review actually led me to bookmarking your website. The topics you choose such as the Lochness monster are extremely interesting.
    Furthermore, I really like that you chose a book that focused on the realistic event rather than the so called story. We really have enough good folk stories that inspire the myths, but its even more interesting to look at the political cause and effects of these (such as the money involved in the hunt for the monster). It is intriguing how much human effort goes into both the making of these events, as well as the ‘hunting for the monster’, yet the ‘monster’ is never found (across different myths, not just this one).

    1. Hey Santiago – glad you enjoyed ( and bookmarked us! )
      You are ‘bang on the money’ with the political cause and effects of certain mysteries – there is a lot of time, effort and money put into some of these cases.

  17. This is a great review Chris! I enjoyed the way you go into detail about the book.

    I was looking through the rest of your website. It seems to me you having a fascination about the “unexplained” events and mysteries. I was curious, what bought about the fascination with these unexplained events?

  18. Great review, thank you for writing it! 🙂
    The first time I’ve heard about the “Champ” was when I was a child. I had a champ-pupett as well. I loved it!

    Anyways, I never thought it was real until a couple of years later. I read a lot about it that time and found it very interesting, probably due the emotional reason that I had one Champ myself. What I always missed was a sum-up of the whole Champ-story and facts. Great that there is such a book!

    Do you believe that it exists?

    1. Hi Daniel,
      Love the sound of that Champ puppet! Yes, I certainly do believe that ‘something’ exists in those murky waters….

  19. I’ve just Googled the Sandra Mansi photo and knock me down with a feather if it isn’t a dead ringer for the famous photo of The Loch Ness Monster!! I’ve never heard of Champ before and this is fascinating. I do actually believe – given what we know about various sea-dwelling marine life – that there is no reason why these ‘monsters’ wouldn’t exist. But how many are there (potentially) around the world? And how many are (potentially) in each lake….? Really gripping. Love this stuff! Keep it coming 🙂

  20. I’ve been to Lake Champlain and I admit, I did keep my eye out for the famous resident! It’s quite a large lake so I can see how the story of Champ took hold.

    It’s interesting that the author was able to strike a balance between the two viewpoints on Champ. Is that common with books of this type, or do most books make a declaration one way or the other?

    1. Hi Samantha,
      I think most of the ‘decent’ books of this type tend to sit on the fence a little bit – they get more credibility that way 🙂

  21. Hello there!
    I have visited your website multiple times before and I am always amazed at all the interesting info I find here.
    Unexplained mysteries are food for thought and I love to learn about them and discuss them with my friends.
    I have never heard about Lake Champlain Champ monster but it sounds scary!
    I need to get this book and do some research online about it.
    Thank you for the review!

  22. Now this is what I’m talking about! I’m also so interested in learning about phenomena like this.. I remember watching The Simpsons I believe it was and the whole legend of the Loch Ness monster was illustrated. I am certainly going to give this one a buy to add to my collection seeing as there are so many pros from your point of view. I’d like to ask you if you believe that this sea champion actually existed?

  23. I like the different variations of mysteries you have on your site. Very detailed when it comes to each topic, and helps to grab the readers attention. Some topic suggestions could be Dante’s inferno, Elizabeth Bathory , the crop circles and the Bermuda Triangle. Very good examples so far, the Kurt Cobain death is quite an interesting piece. keep up the good work

  24. Looks like a pretty good read and a quick one too. I imagine there are tonnes of books available on this kind of lake monster though right? Im curious how you go about choosing which books to review and how much time you dedicate to reading. It seems like a lot. APpreciate the indepth reviews!

  25. You make me rethink my beliefs about psychics!
    I really found interest in your article about Kurt Cobain, lots of information there that kept me captive. Very well researched. Well done Chris.
    Your site is well structured, making it easy to navigate and find what you need fast.
    All the best, John.

  26. Thx for your book overview was well . I feel the passion about it! Thx for the good and bad about the américan loch mess monster and I Learn à New Word today is cryptozoology over all it look intressing and it grow the imagination on topic like that now I wonder if it à true story ha!

  27. Great website and great posts Chris, I love them. I have always been a follower of the conspiracy theories and the unknown occurrences, you articles and posts have certainly pricked up my renewed enthusiasm on the subject – keep those posts coming I will look out for them especially the ‘Ghost Hunting’ books! Keep up the great work. Cheers, Michael

  28. Interesting subject, mythical creatures are always attention-getters. Back where I came from, in the Philippines we had this creature called “aswang”, vampire-like creatures than can look, act and dress like regular humans, even in daylight. Could be a book I read by my bed before sleeping, to give me the creeps about this monster.

  29. I knew about the Loch Ness monster but not of the Champlain Lake monster! It looks like a very interesting book, easy to read yet full of informations. Like the Loch Ness monster, we can’t be sure that such a living creature exists or not, that is why it is such an intriguing story! Very good overview of a book that is certainly worth buying!

  30. I really like this website and its concept. Its something different and I like the approach you take.

    I have never heard of the Lake Champlain champ monster before. Which is weird because i live within a few hour drive from Lake Champlain.

    I def wouldn’t rule out this monster from existing. At one point the world was inhabited by dinosaurs and im sure a few must of lasted from that period of time. especially those in the water.

    Thanks for this really unique book

  31. Hi Chris,
    I have only heard a little about Champ but I do love to hear stories about the unknown animals that may or may inhabit our world. I am always fascinated with the work of crytozoologists and some of the discoveries they have had in the last 60 years or so have been amazing. I might have to check out this book and learn more about Champ.

  32. Chris, firstly I might say that I read all your comments and maybe you should put something really obvious in your Red Letter sentences – like ‘to find out more go here to BUY. Some people miss the obvious!

    Now if there wasn’t mystery like this the world would be quite boring. Does it exist? Doesn’t it exist? I don’t care I just enjoy the possibility. And there are so many locations that suit these mysteries.

    This review is matter of fact and presents your information well and it does tempt me to find out more. Especially as the author doesn’t appear to be on a personal bandwagon. There is nothing worse than a biased ‘reporter’. Keep up the good work and I will be visiting again.

    1. Hi Helen,

      Have no idea what you’re on about there – we are NOT a market store and many people have still taken up the opportunity to purchase this book from us ( without us shoving it in their face! ).

  33. Very fascinating! I’ve always been interested in these kind of things and I’ve always wanted to read more about it.

    I must say I’ve never heard of America’s Loch Ness monster but you’ve definitely got me interested in buying this book, Chris! I think I’ll check it out at some point.

    Thanks for this!

    – Mark

  34. I am interested in explaining the unexplained. I think its easy for people just to say it not true without actually investigating it. Your site tells us that the unexplained can be real and you give excellent examples where people can go and read about that. I love the reviews section. Makes it easy to know what book or article to go read that is actually legit. well done

  35. Hi Chris,
    This is a book I will be looking to read, I do like to read these kind of Mysteries. Like you I am British and I have have many conversation with friends around this kind of thing. This is going to one I look at to add to our conversation in the future.
    Thanks for bringing this to my attention

  36. It’s a great review. I particularly like the pro and con parts. It’s the first time I’ve seen a book review can be conducted in such a way, excellent!

    You have provided two links for potential buyers from UK and US. Do you have a link for people outside these two countries?

  37. Hey there!
    I’ve always been interested in the unexplained… wether it be UFOs, local legends, unidentified beasts and “monsters”, all that. I love your review of the book, it’s definitely something that would be right up my alley.
    I will also be checking out the rest of your site’s content, and I look forward to it!

  38. Thanks for the review!

    I really appreciate the detailed review of The Lake Champlain Champ Monster. I am always looking for a new book to read but I have a hard time finding interesting books. The fact that the author gives the unbiased facts is refreshing. Even if he doesn’t give a definite ending…

    Great review!

  39. Hello Chris, I actually have never heard of this monster. But as a fan of the Loch Ness monster, I think that I’m going to buy this book. Did you read it yourself? If I were you, I would do a review of a book about Nessie next, but that’s just my opinion 🙂

    Keep up the good work!

  40. So is the Loch Ness Monster the same as the Champ Lake monster?
    I’m much of a skeptic when it comes to these things but the theories have always been interesting to me. I never knew such an in depth book existed. It sounds like a very unbiased book. I like that.
    So tell me – Do you believe in the Champ lake monster?

    1. I have to remain on the fence Matt – but I was the one who wrote the article at the end of the day…

      (make your own mind up!) 🙂

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