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DAR State Park to celebrate Vermont's mysterious lake monster

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Posted on July 28, 2016 |
By Emma Cotton



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DAR STATE PARK manager Jenna Curcio, left, assistant manager Sean Bruso and park attendant Melissa Partington show off the paper-mache Champ they’ve created in anticipation of Champ Weekend at the Addison park this Friday through Sunday. Independent photo/Emma Cotton

ADDISON — Imagine you’re on a boat. Fog swirls gently above the grey morning waters of Lake Champlain, and you’re drifting at ease on the glassy surface.

Then, in the distance, you see it — a dark, hulking figure undulating across the lake. Its body appears in small bumps above the surface as it travels.

Maybe it’s a sturgeon. The prehistoric species has had plenty of time to grow to a gargantuan size in the lake, which itself has been around for more than 10,000 years.

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