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You might have thought that monsters are believed to live only in Loch Ness, but the Flathead Lake, near Kalispell, Montana rivals Nessie in terms of most sought-after creature on the planet.
Flathead Lake, a prime destination of Kalispell, is located in the Flathead Valley. As well as being the largest freshwater lake in the western United States (with a surface area of roughly 191 square miles), it is nestled in the northwest corner of the state of Montana, a mere seven miles south of Kalispell. It is also said to be home to one of Nessie's distant cousins.
Described locally as a cryptid, it is thought to be a large eel-shaped creature, up to 40 feet in length. It's blue-black colour and greyish-black eyes make it very hard to spot in the lake, with only around two reported sightings per year, however in 1993 alone there were 13 reports from people convinced they had spotted the monster in the lake.
First sighted in 1889 by James C. Kerr, the monster has enthralled people, young and old, ever since. Most sightings take place between April and September, and while there have been many reputable reports of the creature, its existence is still unconfirmed.
Due to the fact that some of the reports have varied in their description of the creature there are some who believe there are actually two monsters living in the lake. Whatever the truth, should you decide to make Kalispell your holiday destination, will you be able to resist the lure of the myth that is the Flathead Lake monster?