Geographical Index > United States > California > Shasta County > Report # 7555|
Submitted by witness Keith on Saturday, December 13, 2003.
Two Young Fishermen Have Mid-day Encounter at Lake Shasta
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COUNTY: Shasta County
LOCATION DETAILS: We went there in a boat I think it was on a north bank were the boat dock was. I think I could find it if I went back there but it's hard to explain. I think the cove was in a northern direction too.
NEAREST TOWN: Antler Camp
NEAREST ROAD: I-5, North bound side
OBSERVED: My family and I went to lake Shasta CA. To camp at antler camp ground. While we were there, we went to this cove on the lake and had a picnic. After the picnic, me and my cousin jimmy and my little sister Kim stayed in the cove to go fishing while everybody else went back out to the boat dock. After awhile, my sister wanted to go out to the dock to be with my older sister, so I put her on my shoulders and started walking. About 1/4 mile half way out I started hearing something walking in the woods. I stopped, it stopped. I started, it started. So I kept walking. I dropped my sister off and started heading back. A little way in and I started hearing the footsteps again. Now they were closer and I could see something in the shadows. As I kept walking, it kept getting closer. I stopped again and all of a sudden, it came crashing through the brush straight for me. I just stood there, looking at it then it stopped about 5 feet from me and I could plainly see what was standing there, but I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I remember noticing it had big reddish brown eyes that seemed to stare right through me. It gave me the creeps. Then I noticed it had big muscular arms and huge hands. Then I looked down and saw big feet. Then I started scanning up and saw some big calves and thighs. It was definitely a male and was dark brownish black in color. I just stood there looking at him and then I said to my cousin jimmy, who was about 10 to 15 feet away from me, “look” and pointed at it. He took one look and screamed, and then he jumped into the lake. I gave a yell and did the same. We swam out into the center of the cove and the creature stood there watching us. My cousin swam to the dock but I stayed. I was totally curious as to what it was but scared at the same time. Then it looked toward the back of the cove like it was startled and it ran up at least a 40 to 45% hill through brush and trees. It covered at least a couple hundred feet in what seemed like 2 or 3 seconds and was gone. I heard and saw some people coming down a trail from a cabin up on the hill. When they got close, I asked them if they ever heard of bigfoot. They said, “yeah, they come around are cabin once in a while.”
ALSO NOTICED: Not really.
OTHER WITNESSES: Just me and my cousin were there. He lives in Kentucky so I never really talked to him after the incident.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was about 1pm sunny clear day. The lake was down that year because of drought. The brush would normally be under water.
ENVIRONMENT: It was undergrowth, tall oak saplings and pine forest up the hill from the water; hills on both sides of the cove boat dock. At the entrance of cove, if you were facing into the cove, the sighting was on the left and the cabin was on the right at the top of the hill.
Follow-up investigation report:
Following the investigator's interview with the witness, the following information can be added to this report:
·The witness reported that whatever it was he encountered, it was very big and very muscular.
·The witness was impressed with the size of the feet he saw on this animal. The feet were of enormous size, as were the hands.
·The witness reported an extremely large head on the creature, but was unable to view the top or rear portions of the head from his vantage point.
·The witness noted the hair covering the body was more of a human type, rather than the type a bear might have, as it was somewhat thinner than a bear's coat and he was able to see the muscles rippling under the hair.
·The witness did not notice any unusual odor during this short, but very close encounter.