Looking for a thrill this Halloween?
We’ve got just the thing for any outdoorsman who loves a good scare. Check out our definitive list of the most haunted kayaking destinations in America. Boo!
This mystical swamp is said to be haunted by the ghost of Julia Brown, a voodoo priestess. Those who knew her called her ‘The Oracle,’ as she was infamous for predicting tragedy. If something bad was about to happen in Louisiana, Julia saw it coming.
One of her most terrifying prophecies was fulfilled on the day of her death. Just before dying, she was heard singing, “one day I’m gonna die, and I’m gonna take all of you with me,” over and over again, until death became her and she fell quiet… but not for long.
As the town was laying her body to rest, it was hit by a category 4 hurricane that killed hundreds of people and destroyed the town. The area remains an uninhabitable swampland to this day.
It is said that Julia’s spirit never left that swamp. Curious dark tourists have heard her screams, laughter, and even her singsong wail still repeating, “One day I’m gonna die, and I’m gonna take all of you with me,” over and over again.
So who wants to paddle through Manchac Swamp this Halloween?
In the late 1800s, a group of militiamen camping in Lower Yellowstone woke to find their horses missing. The group woke quickly and managed to chase down the group of Native Americans who had stolen from them. A fight brokeout just as the Native Americans were trying to cross the treacherous Yellowstone Falls.
During the fight, their raft sank and all of the Native Americans were swept under to drown in the falls.
Superstitious visitors of Lower Yellowstone say they’ve heard the Native American death chant of those drowned men near the falls, and even claimed to see the river turn red, as if filled with the blood of the dead once again.
If you’re looking to paddle over bloody waters this Hallows Eve, Lower Yellowstone is the place for you!
The Saco River is a popular tubing destination for tourists, but locals avoid it in fear of a curse that haunts the waters. Legend has it that in the 1600s, a group of drunken sailors ran into the Chief of the indigenous Saco Tribe along with his wife and child.
One of the drunkards later stole the baby from its bed and threw it into the lake to ‘see if it could swim’. The mother was able to rescue the child, but it died a few days later. Devastated, the Saco Chief cast a spell upon the river, declaring that every year three white people would drown to death in its waters.
Curse or legend? We will never know for sure. But modern residents of the area still observe that on average, 3 people per year die on the Saco River. So kayaking in this area might be a little… risky. But I’m not one to stop a thrill seeker. Just paddle with caution.
In 1964, more than a hundred Dallas citizens began writing in to the local paper about the “Girl Ghost of White Rock Lake.” Those who have encountered her say she appears along the shore at night wearing a dripping wet dress.
She always recites the same story; that she was in a boating accident and needs a ride to a specific address on Gaston
Avenue. Multiple people report her telling them the same address. And, all those drivers swear that once they departed for the destination, the girl vanished from their back seat, leaving behind nothing but a wet spot where her spirit once sat.
These encounters have been reported off an on over past century. Perhaps a paddle on White Rock Lake will bring you an encounter with the beautiful little ghost girl. She might even ask you for a ride.
There have been over 200 shipwrecks in one 80 mile stretch of Lake Superior that lies just west of Whitefish point, making it the natural home of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Many ghosts have been sited in the area, but the most notorious is that of ‘Three-Fingered Reilly.’
In 1919, William J. Reilly and 20 other men drowned when their steamer crashed and sank to into the depths near Whitefish point. 6 months later, Reilly’s body was found frozen along the shore. The body was then chopped out of the ice and found to be preserved in near-perfect condition, save two missing fingers that were thought to have been accidentally chopped off along with the ice.
Although the body was later buried, Reilly’s soul has never laid to rest. His shadow can be seen wandering the shore, searching morosely for his missing fingers. More than one of the area’s patrolmen have returned from their rounds shaking in fear after hearing Reilly’s invisible footsteps following them.
If you’re lucky, chilly kayaking trip through the area might just yield a sighting of Reilly’s shadowy, three-fingered figure, or one of the many other crews men said to haunt the area from beyond the grave.
Whatever you choose to do this Halloween… stay safe, wear a PFD, and leave the ouija board at home. No good ever comes of those things.