Monster Hunt: My Search for the Manipogo Monster

Pseudoscience: The study of and search for animals and especially legendary animals usually in order to evaluate the possibility of their existence.

I’ve always been intrigued with folkloric creatures like Loch Ness, Sasquatch, Chupacabra, Abominable Snowman, Kraken, Sea Serpents, The Mothman, Thunderbirds and Jersey Devil, just to name a few.

Today I am an acting cryptozoologist!  I’ve watched show, after documentary, after movie on these interestingly mythical creatures.  It’s safe to say that I have more than a passing interest in these folkloric, mystical, unusual and surreal beings.

I live in an ideal location, nestled between the Riding Mountains and the Duck Mountains.  I am also surrounded by plenty of lakes, most notably Lakes Manitoba, Winnipeg and Winnipegosis.

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Loch Ness isn’t the only lake with a reputation for a Monster. In North America many large, deep, cold water lakes have stories about sea monsters. These lakes were formed over ten thousand years ago, during the last ice age.

In Canadian folklore, Manipogo is the lake monster said to live in Lake Manitoba.

Today, in search of this elusive sea creature I decided to head out to Manipogo Provincial Park (aptly named after the sea creature).

Lake Manitoba is Canada’s thirteenth largest lake at 4,624 km2 and the world’s 33rd largest freshwater lake. There is also a Lake Winnipegosis sea monster called Winnepogo, though thought to be the same creature as the lakes are connected. Manipogo is said to travel through inner-channel rivers between lakes Winnipeg, Winnipegosis and Manitoba.

“Manitoba has a special place in the world of monsters,” says the website Mysterious Universe, noting the term cryptid was actually coined by Manitoban John Wall to describe unexplained creatures, particularly sasquatch.

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One of the most well-known sightings of Manipogo dates back to August of 1962.  Two sport fishermen: Dick Vincent of KCND Television (now Global) and his television colleague, John Konefell, spotted a serpent-like creature about 300 metres from their boat. It was around 4:00 P.M. when the two men began heading back to their camp, suddenly they came along a thin animal, its body bobbing up and down as it advanced. Vincent grabbed his camera and took three pictures of it.  They watched for about 5 minutes before the creature dove back down below the surface. They were able to take a blurred photograph (photo above). In subsequent years, Vincent denied that he saw Manipogo, and claimed to have just seen “something in the lake”.

Since the late 1800s, people have claimed to see the creature, but no conclusive evidence of the monster’s existence has ever been found.  The local native population has legends of serpent-like creatures in Lake Manitoba dating back hundreds of years.   Lake Manitoba has a long history of reported sightings – to see that list, click here.


Today I explore the lake, maybe I can finally prove the legend of Manipogo, Lake Manitoba’s serpentine sea monster!  *I don’t actually expect to see a creature*



And I’m off, on my way to Manipogo Provincial Park in Toutes Aides, Manitoba – distance 101 kms, 1h 10 mins away.

I’ve arrived!  Let the monster searching begin … I’m coming for you Mani!


The Stats

� Classification: Lake Monster
� Size: Reports indicate between 12 – 50 feet in length
� Weight: Unknown
� Diet: Unknown
� Location: Lake Manitoba, however similar reports have come from near by lakes
� Movement: Swimming
� Environment: Glacier Lake

General Description

According to research we’re looking for a creature that fits this general description (I’ve culminated descriptions of the documented sightings):

  • Muddy coloured creature that has many humpsScreen Shot 2017-06-08 at 12.53.58 AM
  • Has a sheep-like head
  • Anywhere from 12 feet to 50 feet long
  • On its head has a single horn, its head is small and flat – looks very much like a dinosaur.
  • Giant serpent-like creature; large creature like a serpent or giant snake; reptile-like beast

Not To Be confused With

  • A floating log
  • A large surgeon
  • A wave
  • Boat wake
  • A river otter
  • A beaver

The Search

Since the majority of Manipogo sightings happen around Toutes Aides, the Manitoba government decided to aptly name the area’s provincial park after the mythical beast.  The park sits on the far north-western shore of Lake Manitoba, close to where the lake almost meets Lake Winnipegosis.  I explored the lake, in the hopes that I may have been able to confirm the legend of Manipogo. 

It was an absolutely beauty of a day out, sunny, 27°, a little bit of a breeze.  My search didn’t include on water searches,  we searched from ashore and waded into up to about just over my knees.

The beach wasn’t overly packed for a Canada Day long weekend.  There were families playing in the public beach area at the East bay area.  Since I had my dog Ellie with me, I set up at the dog beach area, on the north bay area of the lake.

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Photos taken from the Northeast side of the lake


I stayed for about 3.5 hours.  Unfortunately I had no such luck on our search for Manipogo today, perhaps next time?  

In all honesty, I had no expectation of running into Mani but it was a fun day nonetheless.  For now the only sighting I’m going to see is of this artist rendering …

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Sketch by Louis Bretecher, who saw the creature in the 50’s when he was about 18.

Although there are believers who have no doubt in their minds that something lives in the depths of Lake Manitoba. Skeptics like to remind us that these lakes are known for large sturgeon which can grow up to 2.5 metres, weigh over 140 kg and can live for over 150 years (average life span is 50 to 80 years).

I’d love to travel to Scotland to Loch Ness, since I had no luck with Mani, maybe I’d have some with Nessie OR maybe Ogopogo in British Columbia?!?!?

Related Videos on Manipogo
If you are interested in a short 59 second clip on Mani, click here to check out Creepy Canada’s season 2, episode 4 video that describes an artist’s hair raising encounter with the local legend. 


Check out this video posted by Scary Mysteries outlying the top 5 MONSTERS & CRYPTIDS of Canada — Fast forward to #1 – Manipogo at 12:23 



8 thoughts on “Monster Hunt: My Search for the Manipogo Monster

  1. Raelyn

    Me and 2 others saw what you were looking for yesterday at Crane River beach, there have actually been multiple sightings in and around Crane River, people all describing the same thing. It looks as if it’s a giant snake, we saw it 3 separate times yesterday. I really do believe there’s something in lake Manitoba that no one has yet to see or discover..

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  2. M. Bouv.

    5 years ago (2014) my daughter and I were fishing the Winnipeg River by Pine Falls. Something passed 15 feet beneath my boat that I picked up on my Eagle depth finder. It was definitely over 20 feet long and showed up as a solid “school” of fish symbols that was serpent shaped. We were directly over the river channel where it is 55 feet deep.
    I also know that there is an individual so convinced that there is something in Lake Manitoba around Delta marsh that he spent thousands of dollars commissioning an inventor in Elie to build an auger driven marsh vehicle to pursue and capture the creature on video. I saw the partially finished vehicle as well as the RC model that was used as a template.

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      1. M.Bouv.

        Whatever passed beneath 15′ beneath my boat was huge. It swam in an up and down motion like the 50’s sketch. Yes. There is something there and it appears to be a huge snakelike creature.

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