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Legend of Champ
Myth? Legend? Reality?
In 1609 Samuel de Champlain spotted a twenty foot serpent in
what was to become Lake Champlain. The Abenaki and Iroquois
cultures have their own legends about a Lake creature. So
does Champ exist? You decide! See images from Champ
sightings. Discover the stories of those who have seen
Champ, and hear biologists' reflections on whether or not
Champ lives in Lake Champlain.
The General Butler
In 1876 The General Butler set sail from Isle La Motte,
destined for Burlington. As The General Butler approached
Burlington's breakwater, an intense winter storm stirred up
incredible waves that raised and smashed the Butler into
Burlington's breakwater. Moments later, as the last of the
vessel's crew jumped ship, down it went to the bottom of the
lake. Explore a life-sized recreation of this shipwreck and
learn about this and the estimated 300 other shipwrecks that
make up Vermont's Underwater Historic Preserve in Lake
Champlain Aquatic Habitat
The Lake Champlain Aquatic Display contains some of the
biggest and most impressive fish found both at ECHO and in Lake
Champlain. The exhibit is home to two impressive forty pound
Lake Sturgeon, as well as two gigantic Channel Catfish that were
prize catches in the 2003 Lake Champlain International Father's
Day Fishing Derby. And every sport fisherman will be impressed
with ECHO's massive, stealthy, ever-stalking, mammoth Muskee.
These incredible fish are hand fed Tuesdays, Thursdays, and
Saturdays. Feedings are preceded by an opportunity for guests to
meet with and talk to Animal Care Staff. Learn about the
animals' diets, veterinary care, their history at ECHO, and how
they're doing out in the Lake.