Is this Ogopogo, enjoying the cold deep waters of Lake Okanagan?

MOST RECENT REPORTS OF SIGHTINGS

There have been so many reports of sightings between August and September of 2018 that we have created this additional page just for those reports.

To read details of the many reported sightings by residents and visitors to the area previous to this timeframe, click here.

MOST RECENT REPORTS OF SIGHTINGS

Story reported to this website by Martin from Vancouver, a contractor currently working on new highrise condo in Kelowna. This was the third possible "Ogopogo sighting" reported in less than 3 weeks, with more reports coming after this one!
" Sept 18, 2018 - I was working on the 22nd floor of a new highrise condo in Kelowna. I am working from out of town so I was taking in the views at approx 9am this morning. I noticed that there are not many boats in the water on a weekday and how calm the water was. I saw something in the water today that is very hard for me to explain. It looked like a giant snake breaching out of the water (barely) but enough to make pretty big waves in and around it. There were no boats in the area, and the water was very, very calm. I told a co-worker to look out at the water in the area in question and my co-worker was looking and seeing what I was seeing and was also dumbfounded. I still do not know exactly what "it" was, but after doing some research on the internet the possibility of something very large living in the very deep and extensive waterways of Lake Okanagan is very possible...This "it" must have been approx. 30-50 feet long breaching out of the water for approx 2-3 minutes. I tried grabbing my cell phone out of my pocket to get a picture or video of this disturbance in the water, but by the time I got it out of my pocket, it had submerged and the waves almost instantly vanished and the water went calm. It is very interesting that there was a sighting last week near Bear Creek Park when MY encounter this morning was not far from there at all. Rough bearing from Google Maps is: 49°53'13.4"N 119°31'14.7"W. It was approx. 200-300 meters from the shore and definitely worth investigating further. I have always had a hard time believing in something that I have never seen with my own eyes...But after my experience today, I honestly can say that there IS something in these waters. They find new species all over our planet everyday and much of our planet has not been fully explored. I wish someone could get some drone footage of this area to possibly get a glimps and put all the speculators to rest.

I know there is something down there. I just find it very interesting that the Sighting last week by the man with the video was at Bear Creek Park which is not far at all from my sighting...Very similar description. There MUST be something. Would love to purchase a Drone and go up and down that stretch to get some concrete evidence.
Martin Z."


Story reported to www.ogopogoquest.com by Andrew, a local photographer, in September 2018, along with the incredible picture that we show on our home page and above.
"I was sitting on the shore of Bluebird Bay on a quiet Sunday (September 9, 2018). I am an amateur photographer and I love catching images on the lake. A large moving object suddenly reared out of the lake and moved quickly from left to right in my view. As you can see in my picture, there is a boat in the distance toward Squally Point, but nothing else, certainly no boats large enough to kick up such a wake. There also was no tremor recorded in the Okanagan September 9th (18) that would kick the lake up as I saw." Andrew S, Kelowna


Story reported to this website by Tracey W, a longtime Kelowna resident.
"My husband and I were driving across the bridge this past August 24th (2018)to go for dinner with my sister and her family into Westbank. Just as we were nearing the end of the bridge headed towards the westside, I looked on the right hand side [which would put it on the side of the bridge towards the downtown area of Kelowna] I saw something long swimming in the water – it looked like it was coming in and out (up and down). I yelled at my husband to slow down and explained what I was seeing ,as I was excited. My husband just saw the waves being made before we came off bridge – we were going to try and pull over at the top where all the billboards are but traffic was too busy. I have lived in Kelowna for 30 years and watch the lake like a hawk whenever we travel to Penticton etc…. I was so excited that finally I saw something. It was not much after this that the two gentleman were on the news [they were able to video their sighting from Bear Creek Provincial Park] and I thought how funny we haven’t heard much about sightings and just as I see it, someone else did too.
Tracey M, Kelowna.


September 12, 2018 -

The following story was reported on Global News as well as picked up by a variety of media around that time.

"There is much to be told in this story about what Halbauer and his brother Keith saw at the water’s edge near Bear Creek Provincial Park last Friday (September 7th).

There are compelling hints at the existence of the Okanagan’s legendary lake monster. "When you’re sitting on the beach on a sunny day, you don’t expect to see a dinosaur coming out of the water," Kelowna’s David Halbauer told Global News. We were all just stunned."

A long and dark snake-like creature emerged from the water about 100 metres offshore, Halbauer said. "I don’t think I could put my arms around it," he said of the creature’s diameter. "It rolled up and down as it went in the water. Another lump of the same thing came up about five metres in front of it." He hastily grabbed his cellphone and tried to capture the amazing sight in front of him on video, but said a glare made it impossible to see exactly what he was recording.

"“I don’t know what it was,” his brother Keith, visiting from Edmonton with his wife, said. “But then I saw waves behind it. The rest of the lake was calm. So, it’s pretty neat."

It was about 15 metres or 50 feet long, the men told Global News on Tuesday night. In the video, Halbauer can be heard describing it as 40 feet long. "Like a dinosaur," Halbauer said. "It was like a giant snake."

(*note: this sighting took place 2 days before a sighting by Andrew Stark of Kelowna, an amateur photographer who gave us an incredible picture of what he saw)


Still image taken from video as published by Global News