Lac Memphrémagog

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In Search of Memphre in Lake Memphremagog (Lac Memphrémagog in French) on the Canadian side
Lake Memphremagog at night, photo courtesay of Dr. Jim Miller of FINA
The Clubhous, headquarters for NEKOWSA on the shores of Lake Memphremagog in the state of Vermont
Lac Memphrémagog in Quebec, Canada (or Lake Memphremagog in Vermont, U.S.A. is a fresh water glacial lake located between Newport, Vermont, United States and Magog, Quebec, Canada.

The lake is 27 miles (43 km) long with 73 percent of the lake's surface area in Quebec, where it drains into the Magog River. However, three-quarters of its watershed, 489 square miles (1,270 km2), is in Vermont. The total is 687 square miles (1,780 km2), with 198 square miles (510 km2) located in Quebec. In Vermont, the lake lies in parts of the towns of Derby and Newport, in addition to the city of Newport, all in Orleans County. In Quebec, the lake lies in parts of Austin, Magog, Ogden, Potton, Saint-Benoît-du-Lac, and Stanstead Township, all in Memphrémagog Regional County Municipality.

The lake elevation is 682 feet (208 m) and its maximum recorded depth is 285 feet (87 m) located near the international divide. The lake is the third deepest in Vermont. It contains 20 islands including Province Island, the largest which is divided by the international border, Black Island, Bell Island, and Cove Island.

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Origin

The name Memphremagog is derived from Algonkian, in which it means "where there is a big expanse of water".

Open Water Swimming

Memphremagog is site of La Traversée Internationale du Lac Memphrémagog, a professional and amateur swimming extravaganza in Magog, Quebec, Canada that is part of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix series, In Search of Memphre, an international amateur marathon swim between Newport, Vermont, U.S.A. and Magog, Quebec, Canada, and the World Open Water Swimming Association-sanctioned Kingdom Swim, the World 10-mile Swimming Championships, and the Son of a Swim. The La Traversée Internationale du Lac Memphrémagog is one of the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims.

Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog

The Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog is a multi-race amateur open water swimming and professional marathon swimming that is part of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix, a professional marathon swimming circuit. It is held in Lac Memphrémagog that borders the state of Vermont and Québec, Canada. Under the management of Endurance Aventure, la Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog offers the following events:

History

19-year-old William Francis O'Connor was the first person to complete a crossing of lac Memphrémagog. His swim on 21 August 1955 took 18 hours 35 minutes, swimming from south to north despite a storm that hit near midnight that caused him to take refuge near the side of the lake. O'Connor's swim was the inspiration for the Traversée Internationale du Lac Memphrémagog, a professional marathon swim started in 1979, a distance of 42 km between Prouty Beach, Newport (USA) and Pointe Merry in Magog, Quebec, Canada.

Crypotozoology

The lake is also the alleged inhabitance of Memphre, a cryptid possibly related to the Loch Ness Monster that inhabits Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. The two famous cyptids are similar to other cryptozoological lake monsters elsewhere in the world. It is understood by believers that Memphre represents a line of long-surviving plesiosaurs.

The Island Pond Swim is a 3-mile open water swimming competition in Lake Memphremagog from Brighton State Park Beach around The Island in the state of Vermont. The event is part of the Swim The Kingdom event organized by Phil White of the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association (NEKOWSA).

Swim the Kingdom

The Memphremagog Swim is a 4-mile open water swim in Derby, around Black, Belle, and Cove Islands in Lake Memphremagog. The race is part of the Swim The Kingdom event that consists of 7 open water swims in 9 days held in Lake Memphremagog:

August 10th: Crystal Swim, a 4-mile open water swim under the cliffs and around the shores
August 11th: Island Pond Swim, 3-mile open water swim from Brighton State Park Beach around The Island
August 13th: Seymour Swim, a 3.5-mile open water swimming double loop
August 14th: Massawippi, a 4-mile open water swim starting and ending at Ayres Cliff, Quebec
August 15th: Memphremagog, a 4-mile open water swim in Derby, around Black, Belle, and Cove Islands
August 17th: Willoughby Swim, a 5-mile majestic open water swim
August 18th: Caspian Swim, a 3-mile open water swim to Bathtub Rock and back or 1.5 miles to The Rock

2013 Traversée Internationale du Lac Memphrémagog

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