The Iliamna Lake Monster (commonly referred to as Illie) is a legend well known to the villages surrounding Lake Iliamna (Alaska’s largest lake). The tales describe a very large fish that roves the waters of Lake Iliamna. The supposed monster is said to be anywhere between 10 and 30 feet. There is currently no hard evidence proving the existence of the beast, but there have been many sightings throughout history. The timeline above shows Illie’s most notable sightings.
Many believe the Iliamna Lake Monster is a giant white sturgeon. Others have conjectured that it is a sleeper shark or merely one of the lake’s freshwater seals. The guides at Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge are pretty sure it’s just another super Rainbow Trout cruising back to the Kvichak River!