Mel’s Hole is a story told about a geographic anomaly that a man named Mel Waters discovered on his land near Ellensburg, Washington. This man claimed that he lived in or near Manastash Ridge, Washington, about nine miles due west of Ellensburg, though later investigation revealed that no such person is listed as a resident. According to him, the hole has paranormal properties, including an infinite depth and the ability to restore dead animals to life.
Waters related several stories about the hole and its properties. Among these stories was the claim that he had discovered that it was in excess of 15 miles (24 kilometers) deep, a figure he is said to have reached after spooling out 18 reels of 20 lb test fishing line, tied end on end, into the hole. Waters claims that he attached a “triangular, one-pound, standard lead fishing weight” to the end of the fishing line.
Waters told a story of a man in the local area who threw the deceased body of a dog which he had owned down the well which in the future returned to this particular man while he was out hunting. The man called the dog over but appeared to be hunting with another man, some time later. He also speculated that the hole and its properties might be tied to certain cosmological events, including unspecified alignments of the moon.
The exact location of the hole was never revealed by Waters. One person has theorized that it is located in a region which has been removed from publicly available satellite images due to the presence of nearby Yakima Training Center. Several people claim to have been able to find it.
Prior to the tenth anniversary of Mel’s first appearance on Coast to Coast AM, the moderator of the Mel’s Hole website posted that the search for the hole had reached a dead end, and that it would likely never be proven to exist unless Mel came forward with evidence in support of it as a real location.
In 1997 a nearby Tri-Cities newspaper, the Tri-City Herald, reported that Waters was not listed in the Kittitas County telephone directory or the register of taxpayers, and that authorities in Ellensburg were unable to find any evidence that he was a resident, thus calling into question whether he existed.