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DATE: Monday, Tuesday
LOCATION DETAILS: Latitude 45.5340, Longitude - 77.858040, GPS co-ordinates - 45 degrees 31'20.424"N, 77 degrees 51' 28.944W
Spectacle Lake Rd. off of Hwy 60
NEAREST TOWN: Madawaska Valley, Renfrew County
NEAREST ROAD: Spectacle Lake Rd.
OBSERVED: I just got back from a region known as Madawaska Valley in Renfrew County about 3 hours north of me (Whitby). It is located on the southern edge of Algonquin Park. Several reports have come out of that park in including an encounter I had back in 2008. It was a "Class B" experience while camping with 3 of my friends in that park. Rock throwing, odor and feces found.
My family and I rented a cottage this week on a small private lake called Spectacle Lake. The cottage is surrounded by forest and the region has a good population of moose, deer, wolf, beaver and bear.
On Monday, July 27th when we arrived at 15:00 hrs we got unpacked and got settled in for the afternoon. At 18:00 hrs we had a nice dinner and then sat around a bigbon fire at approximately 20:00 hrs. At about 22:00 hrs while sitting and talking around the fire I heard something across the lake in the distance. I told everyone to be quiet because I could hear something above the sound of our fire. I then heard these series of howls come from across the lake. The distance across the lake is about 500 meters. The area has thick forest with cliffs in the background. The howls seemed to come well beyond the distance across the lake and even beyond the cliffs behind the tree line. I would estimate the cliffs to be approximately 150 meters high.
There are no cottages directly across the lake. There are 3 small cottages at a distance to the north of us, however, no one was at those cottages during the week.
Having heard these kinds of sounds before I figured it was a Sasquatch, but no one else in my group has experienced this before. Naturally they were all taken back and quite excited by this. Everyone agreed the howls did not sound like wolves, coyotes, loons, deer, moose or any other kind of animal we are familiar with. These howls went on intermittently for about a 1/2 hr and each time it happened there were about 3 - 4 howls.
About midnight the fire was dying down and we all headed into the cottage for the night, but just before going in we heard a large branch break close by. I would estimate about 20 feet from the cottage in the tree line and it was a clear distinct "crack" of a tree limb I would estimate of about 1" or more (?) Again, I knew what this was, having experienced this many times, and so I tried to peer into the tree line to see if I can see anything. I heard nothing else and saw nothing. I didn't want to shine flashlight because I knew this might end the activity for the night, so I went inside the cottage. We all went to bed shortly afterwards.
At 03:31 hrs (I looked the time immediately) something hit or threw something at the cottage very hard. It shook the cottage and woke all of us up. Keep in mind this is a fairly large cottage that is two storeys tall with a basement walkout and sleeps all 8 of us well. I knew what was happening and got up to look around. I wanted to rule out any of the kids or dogs possibly walking around and maybe knocked something off of a shelf in the dark, so I walked all around the house from top to bottom. Everyone, including the dogs were in their beds. The dogs never moved from their spots, even though I know they heard/felt the bang. I looked outside and saw nothing in the pitch darkness so I went back to bed. I lay there awake and listened for any other activity. Then about a 1/2 hr later I could hear something "mumbling/grumbling" outside the open window. That's the best way I can describe it. It was close to my window, but I still couldn't see anything when I looked out. I still did not want to shine a light, hoping for more activity.
At 04:15 hrs something gave a long, hard "scrape" along the outside of the cottage. Then nothing.
In the morning at 06:30 hrs I woke up and checked the outside perimeter of the cottage and the surrounding area. The ground is hard all around the cottage, so I found no imprints. I went inside the tree line, but still could find no definite prints. I could see no "hand prints" or signs of damage on the outside walls of the cottage. I could not find the tree break. I could not see any rocks or sticks lying close to the cottage that could have been thrown at the cottage. I found no physical signs of the "scrape" either.
The next night, Tuesday, July 28th, while sitting by our bonfire again we heard the same screams/howl from across the lake. This would occur off and on until about 5 am. The recording I took from my bedroom in the middle of the night at 02:31 am. Either put your computer on speakers or listen close to your phone when listening to it. There are 4 howls heard and the last one is the loudest/clearest.
There was no more activity of any kind on Wednesday or Thursday, but I heard these screams/howls again on Friday, July 31st during the night.
Coordinates: Latitude - 45.5340, Longitude - 77.858040, GPS co-ordinates - 45 degrees 31'20.424"N, 77 degrees 51' 28.944W
Temperature: 21 degrees Celcius Monday, Tuesday evening/night , 25 degrees Celcius Friday evening/night
ALSO NOTICED: We have a large dog (Bouvier) who constantly cried and wanted to keep going inside the cottage while we were all sitting by the fire. He has never done that before. Very uncharacteristic of him.
OTHER WITNESSES: 8 witnesses in total. Either sitting by the camp fire and in the cottage.
OTHER STORIES: .
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Refer to the body of the report because there are different days/times. All at night. Dark, warm (21-25 degrees Celcius), dry.
ENVIRONMENT: The area itself is heavily forested on all sides for hundreds of miles. This is all Canadian Shield type landscape around the water's edge. It is a very hilly region in the Madawaska Valley with tall visible rock cliffs and some muskeg/swamps. Wildlife is abundant such as bear, wolves, coyotes, deer, moose, beaver, other small game and plenty of fish. The surrounding population in Renfrew is just over 88,000 spread sparsely over 7,419.00 km2 (2,864.49 sq mi) of land. The Lake is Spectacle Lake.
Click here to download the Madawaska Howls recording.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
The witness has been a BFRO investigator for many years. He has attended many BFRO expeditions and heard sasquatches on several occasions. He is a police officer in Ontario, assigned to the SWAT team. Many people in the BFRO know him.
The Madawaska Valley is two and a half hours drive from Ottawa. If you live within easy driving range of Madawaska Valley you have a timely opportunity to obtain more sound recordings at this location, if not video footage.The howls will likely continue intermittently until Fall. If you camp anywhere near Spectacle Lake you should be able to hear them at night.
BFRO investigators can find out about the specific cabin described in the report by contacting the witness directly. Just look up the contact information for the report inside the FLATS (internal database for the BFRO). The internal database is only accessible by BFRO members.
The sound recording is not good enough to be used for playback (blasting) in the field. The howls are faint but the relevant characteristics can be heard if you crank up the volume to max while wearing headphones.
The recording is actually video file in .Mov format. To play the video you will need a Quicktime Player.
When you listen to the recording you will hear what sounds like breathing of sleeping person. That's not the sasquatch. That is actually a person sleeping in the room. Keep listening closely and you will hear the sasquatch howling outside in the distance.
The link to the recording appears above these comments. I've also included it below.
Click here for the sound recording.
About BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
Matthew Moneymaker is originally from the Los Feliz District of Los Angeles, California.
- Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
- Founder of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization,1995.
- Writer and co-producer of the Discovery Channel documentary "Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science", 2001.
- Co-producer of the TV Series "Mysterious Encounters" for the Outdoor Life Network (OLN Channel), 2002.
- Producer of the "2003 International Bigfoot Symposium" (Willow Creek Symposium) DVD set, 2004.
- Co-host of "Finding Bigfoot" on Animal Planet Channel, 2010 - 2017.
- Current Director of the BFRO