The lake monster known as Pepie that is said to inhabit the waters of Lake Pepin as well as the lake monster of the Mississippi River has sightings going back to the 1600’s. Now Chad Lewis an author and paranormal researcher for last 20 years is on the search for Pepie the lake monster. He has written 17 books about many bizarre mysteries and creatures although still considering himself a skeptic. But he says that when it comes to the Lake Pepin monster Pepie he is believer and is trying to prove to everyone else that the creature does indeed exist.
Lake Pepin monster has been described as resembling a serpent type creature or a long necked reptile in multiple sighting reports over the years. Reports from the 1800’s and 1900’s described the monster of the Mississippi as being the size of a rhinoceros or an elephant with kind of gray colored skin. Eyewitness accounts of the creature do vary some but this size and shape seem to be the general consensus.
Lake Pepin has been visited by the Discovery Channel for their hit show Monsters and Mysteries in America detailing the history and story of lake monster Pepie. There is even a $50,000 reward out to anyone who can produce conclusive proof that the creature is real. The local lore has grown to be an international interest and now tourists coming to Lake Pepin can look for the monster at designated “Pepie watch stations” and can even take expeditions out on the lake in search of the creature.
The lake was formed from a naturally occurring widening in the Mississippi River bordering Wisconsin and Minnesota. With so many kinds of fish inhabiting the river many theories have been formed as to what kind of creature the monster may actually be. With large fish such as sturgeon , alligator gar, and paddlefish being found in the river there are multiple possibilities including perhaps a yet undiscovered species of animal. Lewis has gone on two separate expeditions on the lake using sonar imaging equipment but has yet to capture proof the legend is true.