Indian and Rancher Report Sea Serpent in Oregon Lake
The first person to say he had seen sea serpent tracks in Lake County’s alkaline Lake
Abert was an Indian known in Lakeview as “John.” Cowboys in the area did not believe the story, but John led them in 1900 to its tracks.
Years later, rancher S.B. Chandler said he saw a sea serpent swimming in the lake in March 1917. He told anyone who would listen in Lakeview that he had stopped at the lake and the reptile swam slowly by about 100 yards offshore. He said it was about eight inches in diameter and of unknown length.
Chandler was one of the largest land owners in the Lake County area from 1870-1930. He ran large herds of sheep and cattle on his property from Abert Lake north to the Crooked Creek Valley. His town house was in Lakeview.
Chandler and his wife, Mattie, donated part of their land to create Chandler State Park along Hwy 395 about 12 miles north of Lakeview.
The only known animals in the lake today are brine shrimp; the lake is too alkaline for fish to survive.
Sources: “CAMODOC-L Archives." rootsweb. Lake County Examiner, 22 Mar. 1917. Web. 13 Aug. 2016.