A figure emerging from Worthen Meadow Reservoir in the Shoshone National Forest in June 2020 bears an uncanny resemblance to the elusive high mountain Log Ness monster. (Katie Klingsporn/WyoFile)

Loch Ness monster or log? 

This figure seen emerging from Worthen Meadow Reservoir in the Shoshone National Forest on a recent afternoon was likely the latter. Though it also bears resemblance to the even more elusive high-mountain-lake creature known as the Log Ness monster. 

While hot temperatures are driving Wyoming residents and visitors to the high country and the shores of lakes and rivers for recreational respite, it wasn’t quite balmy enough that day for photographer Katie Klingsporn to swim in for a closer investigation. 

For now, the spotting remains a mountain mystery. 

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Katie Klingsporn reports on outdoor recreation, public lands, education and general news for WyoFile. She’s been a journalist and editor covering the American West for 20 years. Her freelance work has...

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  1. I believe that Nessie decided it was time for a real vacation and found Wyoming as a wonderful tourism spot. I contacted Game and Gish and they say pictures are fine, just don’t disturb her. The department of Tourism welcomes her, but stresses she needs to pay all applicable lodging taxes. The department of health noted Nessie needs a mask and should remain at least six feet from the shoreline. The board of martial arts has suggested that if she were to have an arena match with Godzilla., then she needs a license. The state board of education will want each and every student to write an essay on Nessie”s visit with an appendix that calculates her weight and volume including all work and assumptions to meet the requirements of WYTOPP. The department of transportation wishes Nessie good travels but cautions her to note the height restriction on all highways. The office of state lands and investments cautions Nessie to not camp on state lands. State Parks recommends that she visits the parks website and book a reservation in advance for any of our wonderful parks. The secretary of state wishes to remind her to register “Nessie” as a foreign trademark if she wishes to conduct business while in the state, as well as registering her LLC..

    On second thought, with all the rules and regs, that is a log.