Feb 27

1946, Leaf River, Illinois: Fisherman Interrupted by Bathing Bigfoot

1342272787_2035_photo (2)Tom Griffin was fishing early in the morning.  While he was eating the cheese sandwich he made for his lunch, he heard some very violent splashing coming from a few hundred yards away, down river.  Thinking maybe a bear or maybe some deer were crossing the river, he continued on with his lunch.

When the splashing got closer, Griffin became more alarmed.  If not for his safety, then for the integrity of his fishing lines.  He stood up and walked a little way down stream, keeping an eye on his belongings.  He heard a low muttering growl, then saw an eight foot tall monster splashing around in the middle of the river.

Griffin turned right around and ran out of the woods.  A few hours later he returned with a few friends to gather up his fishing rods and cooler.

He never told anyone about the bathing Bigfoot, though he did write it down in the front of his family bible.  The story was found after Griffin’s death by his daughter, who has no reason to discount her father, since he was a very honest man.

13 Responses to “1946, Leaf River, Illinois: Fisherman Interrupted by Bathing Bigfoot”

  1. LC B

    Well with all the fishing I have done in the Land of Lincoln I would have thought
    to have seen one myself, especially since much of that was at night. Fact is I seem
    to remember loud splashes near me several times fishing, and it could have been
    rocks being thrown, but I would have dismissed it a beaver tail slaps. I do remember
    being in Ontario and almost being positive a rock was being thrown instead of a beaver.
    Camped many nights alone, but I would have completely denied the existence of this
    creature both from a scientific standpoint as well as a practical one, I did not become
    a knower by choice…

  2. LC B

    Pardon my bad formatting above, like the enter button, just another note, the Leaf River is a tributary of the Rock River that flows from Wisconsin south into Illinois. The Rock River has consistently had sightings over the decades, as have all the major rivers in northern Illinois, little known fact, but Illinois tops Oregon for known sightings, at least on the BFRO database.

  3. Dave T

    Encounter sounds legit especially since he didn’t tell anybody and just wrote it down. So many sightings around waterways. I totally think they have been following waterways and using them as their travel corridors forever. I also concur, Illinois is a veeeeeery squatchie state, especially the southern part of the state. Another interesting fact is Illinois is the #2 in deer harvested in the country. Texas being #1. Lots of deer = lots of Squatch food.

  4. Nick J

    He could tell it was 8 foot tall, since the river was 0 foot deep in the middel where this thing was splashing around and he dident turn around right away. No he used a tree in the middel of the river to make a accurate judgement, so he had something to write down when he got back.

    He also caught a fish that day!! It was thiiiiiiiiiiis big!!!

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