October 18, 2022

Photos: Ohio's Bigfoot Basecamp Weekend with 'Finding Bigfoot' Star Matt Moneymaker

According to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO), Ohio has the fourth-highest number of credible Bigfoot sightings. That's exactly why Pleasant Hill Lake Park in Perrysville, Ohio, hosted its first-ever Bigfoot Basecamp Weekend Sept. 9-11, 2022.

Hundreds of people with both professional interest and mere curiosity hoped for a memorable encounter with the fabled ape-like creature at Pleasant Hill Lake, and the park welcomed them wholeheartedly with what essentially was a Bigfoot mini-convention. The weekend included expert-led talks, demonstrations and squatchin’ (“Sasquatch hunting,” for those in the know), with BFRO founder and Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot star Matt Moneymaker as the main draw. Moneymaker even debuted new technology that he claimed could aid the hunt in a big way.

Not everybody who went to Bigfoot Basecamp were Sasquatch believers, and not everybody was thrilled with the overall experience. Still, watching Moneymaker beam live drone shots straight to the park was enough to satisfy plenty of would-be explorers. Read CityBeat's cover story about the Bigfoot-hunting experience, and scroll to see photos from the event that was dedicated to the mysterious creature.
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A person in a Bigfoot costume and their dog, Trevor, hitch a ride on a golf cart during Bigfoot Basecamp in September 2022.
Photo: Allison Babka
A person in a Bigfoot costume and their dog, Trevor, hitch a ride on a golf cart during Bigfoot Basecamp in September 2022.
Pleasant Hill Lake Park in Perrysville welcomes Sasquatch sleuths to its inaugural Bigfoot Basecamp in September 2022.
Photo: Allison Babka
Pleasant Hill Lake Park in Perrysville welcomes Sasquatch sleuths to its inaugural Bigfoot Basecamp in September 2022.
Matt Moneymaker founded the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization in 1995 and starred in the Finding Bigfoot reality series on Animal Planet for nine seasons. He's the keynote speaker at Bigfoot Basecamp in September 2022.
Photo: Allison Babka
Matt Moneymaker founded the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization in 1995 and starred in the Finding Bigfoot reality series on Animal Planet for nine seasons. He's the keynote speaker at Bigfoot Basecamp in September 2022.
Pleasant Hill Lake Park in Perrysville has had several credible Bigfoot sightings, officials tell guests during Bigfoot Basecamp in September 2022.
Photo: Allison Babka
Pleasant Hill Lake Park in Perrysville has had several credible Bigfoot sightings, officials tell guests during Bigfoot Basecamp in September 2022.
Louis Andres, program specialist at Pleasant Hill Lake Park, welcomes VIPs to an event with Finding Bigfoot's Matt Moneymaker during Bigfoot Basecamp in September 2022.
Photo: Allison Babka
Louis Andres, program specialist at Pleasant Hill Lake Park, welcomes VIPs to an event with Finding Bigfoot's Matt Moneymaker during Bigfoot Basecamp in September 2022.
Louis Andres, program specialist at Pleasant Hill Lake Park, presents information about the region's Bigfoot sightings during Bigfoot Basecamp in September 2022.
Photo: Allison Babka
Louis Andres, program specialist at Pleasant Hill Lake Park, presents information about the region's Bigfoot sightings during Bigfoot Basecamp in September 2022.
Ohio has the fourth-highest number of reported Bigfoot sightings in the United States, according to Matt Moneymaker's Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO).
Photo: Allison Babka
Ohio has the fourth-highest number of reported Bigfoot sightings in the United States, according to Matt Moneymaker's Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO).
Bigfoot items are found throughout Pleasant Hill Lake Park for Bigfoot Basecamp in September 2022.
Photo: Allison Babka
Bigfoot items are found throughout Pleasant Hill Lake Park for Bigfoot Basecamp in September 2022.
Finding Bigfoot's Matt Moneymaker debuts new drone technology during Bigfoot Basecamp in September 2022.
Photo: Allison Babka
Finding Bigfoot's Matt Moneymaker debuts new drone technology during Bigfoot Basecamp in September 2022.
Matt Moneymaker's drones show the positions of his field team members and, theoretically, Bigfoot during Bigfoot Basecamp in September 2022.
Photo: Allison Baka
Matt Moneymaker's drones show the positions of his field team members and, theoretically, Bigfoot during Bigfoot Basecamp in September 2022.