Lake Travis in Texas (USA) originated in 1937 when the Mansfield Dam was built on the Colorado River downstream.
The purpose of creating the lake was to combat floods and provide water to the local population, and on the dam itself there was a hydroelectric power station that provided energy for the same local population.
Lake Travis stretches 105 km from Travis County to Burnet County. The maximum depth is 57 meters. The lake has a well-developed infrastructure for tourism and fishing. This is one of the most popular lakes in Texas.
Despite the artificiality and crowds, this lake is fraught with many mysteries. One of them is the existence of a mysterious large animal, which was given the nickname "Old Hippie". According to the descriptions of some eyewitnesses, this is a very large fish, while according to the descriptions of others it is something like an aquatic dinosaur, like the Scottish Nessie.
Another incident occurred in 2009 with a fisherman who was fishing in his boat. He saw how something large and dark was moving under the water and it was six meters from his small boat. According to him, the creature was huge and at least 50 feet (15 meters) long, and it swam very fast:
The locals most often joke about the monster from Lake Travis, considering it just a fiction for tourists. However, reports of strange creatures appear here regularly.
On the Internet blog Texas Cryptid Hunter, an eyewitness claimed that he saw what looked like a huge snake in the lake in 2003.
In addition to huge fish and giant snakes, there have been reports of equally large alligators. According to rumors, these reptiles once escaped from domestic zoos, and in the lake they grew to enormous sizes of 3 meters or more.
Alligators were actually found on the lake, only half as many. Last year, a one and a half meter alligator was found here, and in 2011 a fisherman found a slightly more authentic dead alligator on the shore. He was killed by a boat propeller.
How exactly these reptiles got into the lake remains a mystery, but these are definitely not local animals and they are not in other lakes in the area either. But it is possible that these very crocodiles were the main one for the story of the monster from Lake Travis.
It is worth noting that very large catfish live in Lake Travis, one of which, caught in 2007, weighed 24 kg. And according to some rumors, they met here catfish much more weight and length of a car.
However, Lake Travis is known for more than just water monsters, there are stranger things as well. In the same 2007, a man tested his camera and accidentally took a picture of a humanoid.
This picture was discussed by many and expressed the version of interference or fake. It is difficult to say for sure what it is. Maybe an alien, or maybe a yeti. During the shooting, the author did not see anything like it nearby.
And in August 2018, a UFO in the form of a long light rod was seen over Lake Travis. Eyewitnesses reported this to the ufological site MUFON.