Lake Morena Paranormal Ghost Haunt: The San Diego Union October 26, 1983
More than fish haunt Lake Morena
Lake Morena in Campo California, is a man made lake located off Highway 8 East in the outskirts of San Diego County. The lake which is usually best known for its fishing and camping areas has gained some mention from paranormal websites of which, vaguely mention tales of ghosts or a mysterious spectral “white lady.”
The two most common paranormal claims are, “The apparition of a ghostly young woman in a long white dress has been seen several times [legendsofamerica].” Or, “On other occasions multiple campers have heard heavy footsteps around their tents during the night that do not fade as if someone were walking away but simply lift and disappear [forgottenusa].”
San Diego Haunted- ” The Lake Morena area is alive in history and Indian folklore, not all of which has been pleasant. The claims made by other websites may or may not be true, in either case they do not directly substantiate the original claims of the Lake Morena Ghost. The best written account of the paranormnal activity dates back to The San Diego Union October 26, 1983 by Helen Shaffer.
According to the San Diego Union artice, Walter Stucker a park volunteer was suddenly awakened and looked out the open window by his bed in his motor home. He found himself looking “right at a tall man standing outside by the window. He was wearing a dark coat and knitted foul weather cap,” Stucker said. They looked at one another a moment, then the man turned and walked toward the lake. Stucker sat up in bed to watch through the window. “There wasn’t a full moon, but it was light enough to see clearly,” he said. “The man was taking very deliberate steps, but it seemed to me his feet weren’t touching the ground. They appeared to be about 6 or 7 inches above the surface.
Supervising Ranger Tracey Walker also had two personal experiences to report concerning ghosts and the paranormal. While in a converted back office of the ranger station — originally an old concession building built in the 1920s “There are trees on that side of the building and lots of leaves on the ground. I heard footsteps out there. I was so certain of it, I laid my work aside to check it out. “But before I could do that the steps accelerated, came around to the side door, maybe 12 feet from me. They stopped right there. There’s a wooden lintel that extends under the door, inside and outside. It creaked and moved up and down and the doorknob turned once.” Walker continues, “By now I was really concerned. Was I having hallucinations? So I phoned down to the ranger’s residence and asked my wife, Jackie, to join me. I stood by the front door, watching her come. We went in, locking the door behind us, went to the back office, sat down and waited. “And it happened again. We both heard the steps and saw the lintel give. Three weeks later Walker had another experience where a Ranger log book had been set down and disappeared only to be found later that night in the Ranger bathtub.
It isn’t surprising that both Stucker and Walker were not the only two to experience the haunts at Lake Morena; In 1981, inside the former dam keeper’s 50-year-old house — the first housing structure to be built at the lake, on two occasions the residents had overnight company, whom they put up on the fold-out couch in the living room. The first guests were awoke by the sound of heavy footsteps walking around there bed. On the second occasion a female was suddenly wakened, sat up in bed, and seen a baby’s christening gown across the room. It floated to her, brushed her cheek, floated back where she had first seen it and disappeared. “She insisted she had been completely awake. End–
Flash forward 30 years later, the question remains is Lake Morena haunted? Garrett D. Recounted on Yelp.com in 2011, “It’s haunted. Seriously. I read about it on the county website. Over near the first large patch of boulders west of the campground a girl in white occasionally shows up to stare at folks in the middle of the night.” There are other persons not so quick to call the area haunted, and quickly point out the obvious fact that other campers either by want or accident may be to blame.