CHAMPY

Program
Legends & Lore®
Subject
Legend
Location
685-593 Cumberland Head Rd, Plattsburgh, NY 12901, USA
Lat/Long
44.705526, -73.403233
Grant Recipient
Town of Plattsburgh
Historic Marker

CHAMPY

Inscription

CHAMPY
LEGENDARY LAKE MONSTER LIVES
HERE. OVER 300 SIGHTINGS
REPORTED SINCE 1819. UP
TO 200 FEET LONG. NYS LAW
PROTECTS THIS REGIONAL ICON.
NEW YORK FOLKLORE
WILLIAM G. POMEROY FOUNDATION 2019

“Champy” or “Champ” is a legendary lake monster said to live in Lake Champlain. There have been over 300 reported sightings of Champy, dating back to at least 1819, which has caused him to become a regional icon. In the late 1800s, legendary showman P.T. Barnum offered a reward to anyone who could bring him the lake monster. The reward remains uncollected.