Camper describes morning sighting at Cascade Lake near Lake Placid

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Report # 64192 (Class A)
Submitted by witness Kevin J-K on Sunday, March 8, 2020.
Camper describes morning sighting at Cascade Lake near Lake Placid

YEAR: 2010
SEASON: Summer
MONTH: August
DATE: 6
STATE: New York
COUNTY: Essex County
LOCATION DETAILS: Cascade Lake
NEAREST TOWN: Keene
NEAREST ROAD: Hwy 73
OBSERVED: Bigfoot Sighting
Date: Early August 2010
Time: Approx. 8-8:30 am
Place: Cascade Lakes, NY (near Keene)
Weather: Clear with a few clouds

I spend most of the summers camping in and around the Adirondacks in my Dodge Caravan. This particular summer I had stopped at Cascade Lake to spend a few days camping.

I had slept soundly the previous night and had woken up around 7:00 am. I decided to get up and start making my breakfast. I had just started the kettle on the camp stove when I looked over at upper Cascade lake and could see the mist rising off the surface of the lake. I grabbed my iPhone and walked about 50 yards to the edge of the lake to get a picture. As I approached the break wall, I noticed a dark brown object on the opposite side of the lake at the shore. At first I couldn’t make out what it was but it seemed to be sitting at the waters edge. I then realized that it must be a bear. The animal looked like it was doing something in the water with its paws as I could hear a faint splashing sound.

I thought it would be a good idea to get a picture so I brought my iPhone up to face level and tried to focus in on the animal. As I was focusing in, the animal stood up on two legs. I was startled and pulled down my phone to see this with my own eyes. It took a step towards the tree-line and stopped. Almost methodically, as it stopped, it turned it’s whole upper body to the left and stared at me for a couple of seconds. It turned back and in one step, disappeared into the tree line. I immediately went cold and got scared.

As I ran back to my campsite, my only thought was that it was going to go left or right. If it went right it would have to go into the water and if it went left, it was headed directly for my campsite. I decided that it was best to get the hell out of dodge so to speak.

I arrived back at my campsite in under a minute. My dog was still asleep on the front seat and didn’t stir at all. I opened the passenger side sliding door of my van and started to throw all of the camping gear back into the van, making quite a mess inside as I did. I closed the door and then jumped into the drivers seat and floored the gas to leave.

As I was driving out, I kept looking out my left drivers side window to see if I could observe it again, but I saw nothing. I drove all the way into Lake Placid and parked at a mall parking lot to gather my thoughts and think about what had taken place. I was pretty shaken up as I kept replaying the experience over and over in my head trying to make sense of what I had seen.

Observations: I could not ascertain its height exactly, because of the distance, but I would guess that it was approximately 7-8 foot tall. It was covered head to toe in shaggy dark brown hair or fur. I could see the sunlight shining off its back as it turned to go into the tree-line and could see the brown coloration as it turned away from me.

When it turned to stare at me, I could not make out any facial features but I knew that it saw me. The upper body was massive and stocky like a football players build. It had very long arms that went well below its waist. I could also make out what I assume were the shape of hands.

It walked upright and paused before slowly turning its upper body to look directly at me. It stared at me for approximately 5-10 seconds and turned back to face the tree-line. It took 1-2 steps and disappeared into the forest.

I could see a couple of branches move after it went into the trees. It was then I decided to leave. I did not hear anything other then the initial splashing it made in the water with its hands when I first thought it was a bear.

I did not return to the area until three years later with a friend to camp. Nothing has happened on subsequent trips to the area of Cascade Lake. I have had two other odd experiences in other areas of the ADK’s on other trips.

ALSO NOTICED: Nothing out of the ordinary.
OTHER WITNESSES: No.
OTHER STORIES: I have heard of other incidents happening in and around Keene and Keene Valley as well as Saranac Lake.

MJY: Witness had other Class B incidents:
Old Forge, NY Lime Kiln Lake. Primitive campground.
Otter Brook Road
2012 August late afternoon
Witness stayed at a NY State Campsite. Picnic table, fire ring. Latrine.
730pm sitting by fire
9pm Rock thrown past his head. He pulled his head aside and saw a large rock land near his wiener dog.

2013 Campground, near Long Lake NY. Two Deer Chased into a pond, terrified. Swam to other side and ran away. Crashing and tree snaps in the woods.

A few months later, he heard foot falls near his vehicle and then something was pounding on the Steel garbage lockable container. 12-1am.

Camping neighbors reported rock clacking noises.

TIME AND CONDITIONS: Details in my submitted report.
ENVIRONMENT: At the foot of Cascade Mountain on Upper Cascade Lake. Clear sunny morning with no wind. Sighting occurred across a upper cascade lake.

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Mike Young:

Witness is a retired Police Officer and Police Investigator and retired Military. His descriptions were very detailed. He enjoys camping in the Adirondacks every summer.


He has been interested in the paranormal since he was 11yrs old. He has had many experiences with both ghosts and UFO's and it has just solidified his beliefs. He set up this site to catalogue as much information about the paranormal in one location. He is the oldest of three and moved from the UK to the USA in 2001.