It would take approximately 50 mature Champs, at the least, to have a breeding population of Champs in the Lake and 500 to keep the species alive in the long term. While the numbers are daunting, Lake Champlain does provide an ideal habitat for such a creature. The Lake is 120 miles long, 400 feet deep in places and home to a diverse population of birds and aquatic life which would be more than enough to sustain the belly of this great beast. Additionally, the lake, in its present form, has been around quite awhile -around 10,000 years.
There have been at least 300 reported unexplained sightings of Champ over the years' There is no certainty when the first sighting of Champ was; however, the creature was depicted by Native Americans. It was said that Samuel de Champlain saw Champ in 1609. This claim that he spotted a "strange monster" has been traced by historians to actually have occurred in the St. Lawrence estuary however.
In 1819 in Port Henry, N.Y., a railroad crew reported to have spotted a "head of an enormous serpent sticking out of the water and approaching them from the opposite shore." Around the time of this sighting, farmers nearby claimed to have missing livestock, with drag marks leading to the shore. There was also an an early Champ sighting reported in the New York Times in 1873.
There is now a website dedicated to recording Champ sightings. To learn more about specific sightings at Champ Quest.com.
Special thanks to the Lake Champlain Land Trust