July 31st 2001 9:45pm – 9:55pm
My friend and I had decided to go to the park as we often do in the summer. She got here around 8:30 pm and we shortly headed out to the lake about 5 minutes or so south of my house. We parked and she and I walked down to the path a further 5 minutes south. We walked west along the path to where we normally go sit and talk. This area is surrounded by heavy woods and not lit. The nuclear plant is just west of here and easy walking distance - I've done it before. I decided it would be better to go back towards the playground, which is to the east and much better lit. Why I don't know just thought it would be safer I guess though we've sat out there before. So we walked to this new location in front of a pavilion and sat on the picnic table facing south with our water and ginger ale and just talked and watched the moonlight play over the lake.
I saw the first light more due south (just to the right of the moon) it caught my eye because it was moving upwards from the horizon very erratically. I tried to keep my eye on it with the binoculars I had with me, but it kept jumping out of view so I had to move my head around to follow it. Then it sort of winked out I guess. I'd estimate this first light was farther out than the other stuff it looked say no more than a fingernail at guessing 8-10 miles. It is difficult in that there was no point of reference to use for distance.
Then say a minute or so later this time to the S.S.E what appeared to be one (maybe more I'm unsure) light/s (white) literally moving up and down the lake, side to side, up and down in no logical sequence over an area of about a foot maybe two in length from our perspective say again 8 - 10miles (no point of reference) out maybe little less. They appeared to be skimming the water. I thought maybe buoys, but never have seen any buoys in that direction nor ever behave such as this!
Then the first large light was spotted (S.S.E towards Olcott N.Y left of the moon at estimate 5 miles no more, maybe a little less – again a guess as no point of reference for distance) orangish red looking ball of light. Then number two appeared, then number three they would appear easy the size of my fist again one would appear than the others sometimes two sometimes three. They moved in a left to right pattern. When they flared up to say from a fist to open hand fingers splayed - three columns of light could be seen illuminating over the water - orangish. At this point through the binos I noticed what might have been a tiny pinprick light to the rear (very red) and I could see that these lights were in fact part of a solid object. This object looked round/smooth , very dark in colour, along the side I was able to view. It may have been a large disc???? The craft appeared to be moving very, very slowly from the right to left or to the N.E towards land. My friend was able to discern this as well with the naked eye although she did not see the smaller red light. Altitude of craft: 1000 ft perhaps - say just under a half km approx. We did not hear a sound associated with it. Now I'm not sure if I heard it or it caught my eye, but an aircraft was approaching from the right/west. It was much, much higher in altitude than the craft say not quite cruising yet. At this point I nearly walked off the bluffs! Okay I was literally in shock! At this time it was as if the lights all went out at once and the craft was no longer visible. It was my impression that it was still out there although no longer visible to us. We waited a further 10 mins (approx) rooted to the spot with no further visible activity and then I got a strange feeling to leave immediately and we cleared out of there very quickly.
Webmaster’s note: There have been many strange sightings made over the lake. An interesting study of these was made by Hugh Cochrane in his book “Gateway To Oblivion” which is no longer in print, but available through libraries.