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HOKUWA - The Devil's Lake Monster - Wisconsin
by Paul D Berube
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
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There are many, many tales of folklore surrounding Devil's Lake. From hunting parties gone missing to lovers jumping to their deaths and excellent swimmers suddenly disappearing beneath its dark waters never to be seen again. It is no wonder that this site is said to be "a place of many dead."

Here's a lake you'll want to avoid
Unless you have an urge to die
Then by all means give it a whirl
I'll keep my feet here where it's dry

Down in Sauk County Wisconsin
Is an eerie, mist shrouded lake
It causes a bone chilling feel
That visitors say they can't take

Indians call it "M'de Wakan,"
Translated means, "Mystery Lake"
Though some insist it means "sacred"
Nowadays it's called "Devil's Lake"

It's said to live up to that name
For the creature that dwells down deep
A beast that is so horrible
Causes grown men to pray and weep

The Nakota tribe described it
As a monstrous, fish like beast
With tentacles that could reach out
To capture prey and make it a feast

They tell of one Indian tale
Of warriors crossing the lake
Hunters looking for furtile land
When their souls that devil did take

From the monster that lives down deep
Tentacles tore through their canoe
Bringing them to an awful fate
Witnesses swear the story's true

So, if you're into adventure
Plan a trip up to Devil's Lake
If all the stories are folklore
You'll have no reason not to feel safe

But if the stories are all true
Move like you're walking on thin ice
Don't you dare say that you weren't warned
For Hokuwa's not very nice.

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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 4/19/2012
I spent a lot of time in Devil's Lake. Never saw the monster. Of that was Devil's Lake in southern Michigan. Gotcha! Patrick
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/18/2012
Thank you for sharing this legend, Paul. Interesting, to say the least. Love and blessings,

Regis
Reviewed by JMS Bell 4/10/2012
I AM ALWAYS ENTERTAINED, REGALLY, BY YOUR WELL CRAFTED MYSTERIOUS FOLKLORE TALES. THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...
JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Richard King 4/4/2012
Sounds like a lake to avoid, but if I'm not mistaken, Wisconsin is called the "Land of a 1000 lakes" so it shouldn't present a problem..... unless you just can't resist.

Nicely presented. Dick
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/4/2012
Sounds a place to visit one day...e



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