America has some positively amazing and memorable cryptids. From the Flatwoods Monster of West Virginia to the Skunk Ape of Florida, you can find creative and engaging stories of monsters or creatures living across the country.
Common stories often involve lake monsters that live beneath the water. These stories are commonplace because it’s human nature to fear the unknown and let our imaginations do the work for what lies under the water. The Loch Ness Monster may be the most iconic of these beasts, but today we’re looking at the best-known lake monsters throughout Texas.
Lake Worth Monster
One of Texas’s most famous lake beasts moves on land and in water. While many lake monsters resemble serpents or dinosaurs, this iconic hybrid creature stands out. The Lake Worth Monster, which gets its name from the lake it inhabits, is a goat-like creature with puffy white fur and human-like hands covered in hard white scales. Famous for terrorizing locals in 1969, many people believe the monster was a teenager in a mask scaring people. Still, others speculate that a goat-man hybrid may live around Lake Worth to this day.
Ole Hippie stands out from many lake monster stories because this enormous fish- or serpent-like monster is something of a joke among locals. Ole Hippie is one of the many mysteries of Lake Travis, where locals claim to see it around Hippie Hollow. Since Hippie Hollow is the only clothing-optional park in Texas, many people joke that Ole Hippie is just a fan of the environment and a local hero.
Prairie Devils, also known as River Dinos or Water Lizards, are some of the best-known lake monsters throughout Texas. People describe them as small, brown, raptor-like creatures seen around lakes and rivers. Many people claim to see the Prairie Devils in other areas, such as Georgia and Arizona, but they’re most likely a hoax. The brown, bipedal dinosaurs are too big to be any common species of lizard, but many people believe they’re just logs floating in the water.