Walgren Lake State Recreation Area

Underwater Monster Swims Walgren Lake in Hay Springs

A newspaper story in a 1922 issue of the Hay Springs News reported the sighting of a Loch Ness-style monster at Alkali Lake. Rumors circulated of ranchers losing cattle to the hungry beast, but no physical evidence of the creature’s questionable existence was ever discovered. We can’t confirm anything larger than good-sized snapping turtles, and large bass and catfish, swimming in the body of water now named Walgren Lake. We do know for sure that Walgren Lake State Recreation Area has camping, fishing and picnic areas. To find the lake, start at the junction of highways 87 and 20. Go south 1.8 miles on Highway 87, then turn east for three miles, then go south one mile. To find the monster ... well, you’re on your own.

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