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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Is Fresno County's town of Friant a paranormal hotspot?

Millerton Lake which is near Friant, CA. Is this location a paranormal hot spot?
Photo courtesy of Rennett Stowe from Flickr.

I know it's been A WHILE since I have written anything. Given the past year and a half it's been hard to really go anywhere but hopefully that will be changing soon. Still I was itching to write something as it's been over two years and since then I had focused more on social media and let this site lay fallow, something I want to fix. So I decided to check out the National UFO Reporting Center for any local sightings but with a different focus, not on the newness of the sightings, but the location.

I found a few that occurred over in Friant by Millerton lake. Now you are probably asking yourself why I picked Friant, and here is why. I've been reading a lot the past year on different theories about UFOs, ghosts, cryptids, etc. and came across the idea of a place that is considered "thin". This is an old (think pre-Christian) Irish concept of where the veil between worlds is thin. Now you are probably asking yourself "Ok but why Friant and UFOs?" Well I am glad you asked that. There is a theory out there with some paranormal researchers that UFOs, cryptids, ghosts, etc. are all from the same place so to speak. Ever hear of Skinwalker Ranch? That place has everything and is considered to be a thin place. And I think Friant is also one of those. And here's why.

Remember the story I wrote about Lost Lake and the ghosts that haunt the place plus the weird creature that was supposedly seen in the water? Right near Friant. Remember the story of the phantom police officer on Friant Road? Yep, that's another. Oh remember that poor woman who was found amnesiac wandering near Millerton thinking she was a mermaid? Also Friant. And let's not forget the numerous sightings of large fish or some other strange creature swimming in the waters of Millerton Lake.

So we have all these weird things around this one location? But no UFO sightings right? Well that's where the before mentioned National UFO Reporting Center comes into play. I was able to find two sightings reported sightings around the Friant area. Now I know these are only two sightings within the last twenty years of so, but imagine all the UFOs that weren't reported either because people didn't know how or weren't aware of a way to report these sightings.

That said below are the two reported sightings. Both were of strange lights seen in the skies. I have included the text from the original reports as well as the link to them.

Reported: 8/1/2018 6:19:06 PM 18:19
Location: Friant, CA
Shape: Light

Summer of 2017, Friant, California… On the Madera side of Millerton, there is a dead end in which families can set up BBQ's and a dock for people with boats. It was approximately 9:40 when my boyfriend and i noticed people hanging out on the dock enjoying the stars.

We decided to walk down to the dock and do the same. When we got to the dock we sat down for a few moments to wait for the other people to leave so we could sit at the very end. Eventually they left and we sat on the end. Just looking into the sky discussing our relationship problems no more than two minutes into the conversation we notice a light flying smoothly threw the sky, not fast like a jet and not slow like a airplane.. It just glided vertically through the sky and before we knew it, it zoomed up into the sky horizontally and just disappeared. As it zoomed up to disappear it didnt just move at a crazy speed its almost if it just faded up into the sky. We could depict what it was, we were ! so shocked we couldn't bring our minds the the thought of us actually sighting a ufo. Crazy part is, you'd think we'd be so stoked and tell our family, but its as if the whole moment slipped our mind cause we never brought up… i'm a strong believer so how could something like this just slip my mind til this year of 2018? How did i not instantly react and pull out my phone? It's like being stuck in the moment made us forget what was really happening…


Reported: 9/25/2012 11:40:00 AM 11:40
Location: Friant, CA
Shape: Light
Duration:5 minutes
Flying colors in the middle of nowhere.

I was driving down the road which was empty at the time and looked up at the sky because I saw pretty colors which were red, green and blue

At first I thought it was a reflection of something but quickly noticed it wasn't. I pulled over so I could get a clean clear picture because it was so close and my phone froze, which has never happened before.

By the time my phone unfroze it was gone.

And I don't do drugs or drink and I wasn't sleepy, it was not my imagination playing tricks on me.


Back to the thin theory and why I think Friant is one of these places. It's rare to have the trinity of paranormal in the same area (Bridgewater Triangle in Southeast Massachusetts is another). I know I have been saying this but I definitely need to explore this area some more, specifically Lost Lake. But I wouldn't be surprised if the town of Friant has some stories. And lets not forget that the original town of Millerton lies at the bottom of the lake ever since the dam was built. Now no one died due to the flooding but I wonder what lies at the bottom of the lake? That said the area is definitely a place I need to revisit soon and hopefully it won't take me another two years to write about it.


DeepWoods said...

In mid 90s I was driving from Prather to fresno to visit my girlfriend in the middle of the night. As I was coming around the last corner before coming into the town of friant there was a man walking on the side of the road. As my headlights flashed upon him I saw that he was dressed in dingy white clothes but also had no face! I rubbed my eyes and scanned my mirror as I drove past. He paid no attention to me as I sped away, chilled at what I saw.

skj said...

I live approx. 10 minutes from Friant near Woodward Park. I've read some posts on weird fresno & often think about them when driving on Friant Road; no red & blue lights yet, & I'd love to see a UFO��! Enjoy the posts, keep it up, lots of fun!��������

La Luna said...

I am so happy you are back to posting!!! Hope you investigate lost lake soon

Anonymous said...

The Hmong community in Fresno believes that there is an evil water dragon that is “stuck” in lost lake. That water dragon takes drowning victims and encourages people to hang themselves. There’s also the story of a little boy ghost that plays at the park and tries to leave with families that have children. I’ve heard people say when they leave they announce that they are leaving and that he needs to stay at the park. The thin theory is interesting and makes some sense.

Anonymous said...

I drive through the area a lot, and like stopping in town for a smoke sometimes and to watch the sun rise over the dam. I don't know why, but I'm just really drawn to it. Never experienced anything strange though. The only history of the area I really know besides from this site is that when the dam was constructed in the 1930s, the new resevoir flooded a lot of the burial sites belonging to the local native tribes, and also purged a lot of the fish population which severely impacted them as well. I think for me its important to remember that while I'm in the area.

And also, Lost Lake has always given me the creeps. I got swarmed and bitten by flies the last time I was there. Some clung to my car all the way back to Fresno. My friend recently almost drowned in the lake while doing nature photography. Had to remind her not to go wading through water alone. 🤦‍♂️ I think it is the only park/landmark in the area I won't visit anymore.

Anonymous said...

Hey,i got no idea if you'll see this but got some history dates.
The damn was finished in the mid/late 40's post WW2 (i think 1947) and there use to be a old rail line that went there up to the 80's-90's.
I got more exact dates but no idea where to drop stuff at for more direct points.
Also some other legends I've heard from around town and some history.