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Occurred : 8/12/1997 23:00 (Entered as : 08/12/1997 23:00)
Reported: 9/19/2003 5:48:32 PM 17:48
Posted: 9/24/2003
Location: Boundary Waters, MN
Shape: Oval
Duration:30 sec.
Bright blue light appeared across lake then shot off.

It has been a few years since the event, but it still sticks out in my mind and I don't think I'll ever forget it. We were on a week long camping trip in the BWCA, when on the fourth night, we were at a beautiful campsite with great fishing from shore, and I had decided to try my luck at some night fishing. So, I left my companions at the fire and walked down a small trail and onto the rock outcroppings on the shoreline, about 150 feet from the campsite. The stars were out and were brilliant. There was no wind and the water was dead calm. I started casting for a while, and after about 15 minutes I snagged my lure on a rock in the water. I tried getting it loose, but it wasn't working so just as I reached out to cut my line, something caught my eye above the trees on the opposite shoreline (which was about 1/4 mile away). I saw a bright bluish-white light rise up from the treeline very slowly for about 15 seconds. I just stood there looking at it in awe. If I had to guess at the size of it, I'd say it was as big as a bus, but I couldn't exactly tell the shape because of the blue glow around it. As it got further above the treeline, it stopped moving and just hovered for a few seconds. I yelled at my buddies, but they were too far away and busy talking around the fire. I kept my eyes on the light the whole time. It then started moving horizontally at about the same speed it had risen previously. It probably moved horizontally an eigth of a mile when all of the sudden, it shot off into the sky and out of sight faster than anything I'd ever seen move before in my life. The object made no sound/noise at all. I just dropped my fishing rod and ran back to camp, shaking and hardly able to spit out a sentence. When I finally calmed down and told my friends the story, they just joked about it and would not believe a word of it. None of us were drinking or had any sort of drugs, unless there was something weird in the fish we ate out of that lake (just kidding).

I am not making this up. I would never lie about something like this. I wish I could find out if anyone else was camping in the BWCA at the same time and might have seen the same thing, from a different lake or somewhere nearby. A year and a half later, I saw almost the exact same thing in the winter, but not in the BWCA.

((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD))