On the Trail of Champ

On the Trail of Champ

5 Episodes

On the Trail of... is an ongoing series from Small Town Monsters exploring the various legends of this world. On the trial of…Champ chronicles North America’s most infamous lake monster. Documentary, Cryptid.


Focusing on small town folklore, our team tells stories through the words and experiences of those who were most affected by them - residents and witnesses.

Released in Spring of 2015, "Minerva Monster" was the first film in the series, and explored strange occurrences in 1970's Minerva, OH. Several Years later, STM has released eight productions, a web series, and three additional productions slotted for release in 2019.

In addition to producing films, Small Town Monsters also attends events throughout the year to screen their movies and talk about these strange tales. DVDs, merchandise, and more is available in the shop.

On the Trail of Champ
  • OTTOC 101 Not Your Average Lake

    Episode 1

    This episode explores in depth the fascinating history of lake Champlain, from its natural history to the history of human beings living by the lake as well as a detailed look into the origins of Lake Champlain monster sightings in the past few hundred years. Included are theories about the monst...

  • OTTOC 102 Belua Aquatica Champlaineinsis

    Episode 2

    Episode 2 deals with various eyewitnesses of the Champ monster and their highly detailed testimonies of their encounters. Aside from numerous eyewitness interviews there is an examination of the various pieces of alleged Champ monster videos and photographs taken over the years, including the inf...

  • OTTOC 103 Primeval Champlain

    Episode 3

    Primeval Champlain explores the darker depths of the lake and swampy marshes alongside the Mardis-Dranginis Lake Champlain Research team, as well as Katy Elizabeth of Champ search, each team showcasing their research approaches. Included is an interview with a witness who recalls the extraordinar...

  • OTTOC 104 Champ Search

    Episode 4

    Champ Search follows Katy Elizabeth of "Champ Search" as her team searches various corners of the lake both in the daytime and at night, from deploying a scuba diver in the depths of Arnold's bay to utilizing audio equipment to monitor for echolocation to researching during the winter months.

  • OTTOC 105 Small Town, Big Monster

    Episode 5

    Episode 5 deals with the local communities surrounding Lake Champlain and their relationship with the lake, but more broadly with the Champ monster as a cultural phenomenon. Discussed is Champ as a local mascot, the various ecological threats facing the Lake and the future of Champ research and w...