Bigfoot Basecamp

Friday, September 9, 2022-
Sunday, September 11, 2022


Bigfoot Basecamp Weekend is full of family-friendly activities and events featuring Matt Moneymaker, Founder / President of the Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO)

and host of "Finding Bigfoot'' TV series on Animal Planet. Learn about the history and new techniques of Bigfoot Investigation, as well as local Ohio sighting information. 

*Some events require registration. Read the description for details.             $ =Fee Charged

Weekend Schedule and Event Information

  • The Welcome Center is OPEN 8 am-10 pm- Camp/Log Cabin Registration, Public Restrooms, FREE Wi-Fi & phone charging stations, maps, event schedule, and Naturalist / Volunteer staff for assistance.

  • Visit the Bigfoot Exhibit with life-size bigfoot, fun facts, and information. Nature Room exhibits & animals, Camp Store with Bigfoot souvenirs, snacks, drinks, ice cream & camping supplies

  • Food Trucks: Tay's Concessions will have Bigfoot" themed local food trucks on-site to provide hot food, drinks, and ice cream with a flare

  • Special Edition Squatch Soda: Bigfoot Root Beer & Squatch Orange soda sales at Camp store & food locations

  • Witness Cards will be available for those wishing to report a sighting & wish to share at the town hall event Saturday.


Friday, September 9

3pm-7pm       Welcome Center Nature Room OPEN - Naturalist & Volunteers on duty- See life-size Bigfoot, animal displays, and history exhibits

3pm-7pm-       Pick up your FREE "Squatch Smore Kits" Kits containing chocolate-covered Graham crackers and marshmallows to make two smores. While supply last.  Stop by the Welcome Center outdoor campfire ring. We provide roasting sticks to roast marshmallows.

6pm-11pm    * VIP RECEPTION & DINNER with Matt Moneymaker ( $ )– Enjoy an exclusive evening with Matt Moneymaker at the Mohican Lodge & Conference Center. Matt Moneymaker is the founder/president of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) & host of the "Finding Bigfoot" series on Animal Planet. Matt will speak about his bigfoot encounter, sightings in Ohio, and the use of new advanced HD thermal imaging technology.

VIP Ticket includes ($) - VIP Reception 6p-7p, Dinner buffet, 7p-7:45p, Speaker 7:45p-8:30p, Meet & Greet 8:30p-9:30p with Matt with the opportunity for autographs and photos, plus a never-before-seen bigfoot researching technique! From 9:30 pm to 11:00 pm- HD Thermal imagining video will be LIVE streamed from around Pleasant Hill Lake Park by drones. Cost: $75 per person; limited seating, tickets are required by clicking the "Buy Tickets" button below.

8:30-10:30p  MOVIE at the Lake – Watch a family-friendly movie on the BIG screen at Pleasant Hill Park. Due to copyright restrictions, we cannot list movie titles here. See the park flyer or message us on Facebook for the movie title. The nights are cool, so bring your blankets & chairs to stay warm. Refreshments are available for purchase. FREE movie event.

11:00pm        Bigfoot Night HIKE– Take a hike with naturalists and volunteers to learn about Bigfoot sightings in the area and use your senses to look for signs of wildlife. Family & kids-oriented recreational hike. You never know what you will see or hear! At  Pleasant Hill Lake Park. FREE program. Registration is required to get your reserved day and time sign-up at the welcome center.

Saturday, September 10

8am-11am     Welcome Center Nature Center Room OPEN- Staff naturalists & Volunteers on duty. Visit Bigfoot exhibits, history, and animals.

9am-10am-   SQUATCHIN’ 101- Join Charles Kimbrough, Bigfoot Field Researcher Organization Investigator, and author of Squatchin’101  Learn the Bigfoot basics, what you need for your own research and equipment. FREE program, with an option to pre-order the book. Meet at Welcome Center. Pre-registration required with limited spaces. Author’s book signing after the program.

10am-2pm     Mohican RIVER CLEANUP – Volunteer to clean up the Mohican River by boat. Organized by the Friends of the Mohican River. Contact Irv Oslin at  for more information or to register. FREE program pre-register.

10am-11am   Bushcraft Survival SKILLS – Learn a few essential survival skills including fire-starting without matches and orienteering, plus discover some simple tools to carry with you on your outdoor adventures! Meet at the Welcome Center. FREE program while supplies last.

11am-12pm   Leave No Trace ActivitiesBe like Bigfoot and leave no trace! Meet at the Welcome Center deck for some fun activities to learn about low-impact adventures. At the welcome center. FREE program

11am-2pm     "Hit The Trail" Mix- We provide all the goodies-peanuts, chocolate, goldfish, pretzels, & raisins to make your own custom Trail Mix. At Welcome Center. FREE program while supplies last.

11am-2pm     Bigfoot Cutout Craft- Customize your Bigfoot wooden cutout, we provide the paint & supplies. FREE craft program while supplies last.

1pm-2pm       Survival Bracelet CRAFT- Pick up your kit to make your own two-color custom survival bracelet. Welcome Center, FREE program.

2pm-4pm       Bigfoot T-Shirt Tie Dye ( $ )– Custom dye a limited-edition Bigfoot T-shirt! T-shirts will be on sale for $10 for youth sizes and $15 for adult sizes. Cash only, sizes are first come-first served. Meet at Welcome Center. FEE ($) is required for the T-Shirt.

4pm & 5pm   * PONTOON BOAT Guided Lake Tours ( $ )Take a guided tour of the lake on a pontoon boat and learn about local history and bigfoot sightings in the area. Two times with limited seating. Meet at Marina-Tickets $15 are required by clicking the "Buy Tickets" button below. 

7pm-10pm      * COMMUNITY TOWN HALL with Matt Moneymaker ( $ )– Listen to Matt and other local Bigfoot Ohio encounters. All participants must have a Guaranteed VIP Ticket OR a $15 gate fee required for this event. Guaranteed VIP tickets include a preferred seating area outdoors (you provide seating) and a meet & greet for autographs with Matt Moneymaker. VIP tickets include a guaranteed seating area inside the Welcome Center in case of bad weather. Limited VIP seating area, Tickets are required by clicking the "Buy Tickets " button below. Meet at Swim Beach outdoor stage area.

11am-11pm    FOOD Trucks: Tay's Concessions will have “Bigfoot" themed local food trucks on-site to provide hot food, drinks, & ice cream with a unique flare located at Marina and Swim Beach area. See menu for items and cost.

10pm-11pm     The Back 80 Documentary – Watch the bigfoot documentary, The Back 80, (PG) 60 min. on the Big screen TV at Pleasant Hill Park Welcome Center. The movie is family-friendly.  Located at the Welcome Center.

11:00pm        Bigfoot Night HIKE – Take a hike with naturalists and BFRO volunteers to learn about Bigfoot sightings in the area and use your senses to look for signs of wildlife. Family & kids-oriented recreational hike. You never know what you will see or hear! At Pleasant Hill Lake Park. FREE Program. Registration is required to get your reserved day and time sign-up at the welcome center.

Sunday, September 11

8am-10am    Welcome Center Nature Room OPEN Naturalist & Volunteers staff on duty. Visit Bigfoot, animal displays, and history exhibits

10am-11am   Wildlife Tracking – Learn about Ohio’s wildlife and their tracks. Pick up your footprint casting kit. Make a track to take home! Meet at Welcome Center. FREE Program while supplies last.

11am-12pm   Tracking HIKE –  Meet at Welcome Center at Pleasant Hill Lake Park for a wildlife tracking hike. Use all your senses and learn about Ohio’s wildlife. Kids-friendly recreational hike. FREE Program

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) prioritizes the safety and health of our community: the visitors we serve, our employees, volunteers, and neighbors. We are committed to aligning operations with the orders/ recommendations of national, state, and local public health experts to address the threat from COVID. By visiting MWCD facilities and programs, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID and agree to follow all posted instructions.

 *Pre-registration is required by clicking the "Buy Tickets" button below. 






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