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Polar Bear Plunge into Lake Lanier is this Saturday
19th annual event was postponed from New Year's Day after flooding
A group of brave swimmers plunge in to the chilly waters of Lake Lanier during last year’s annual Polar Bear Plunge at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue. This year’s event was originally set for Jan. 1, but flooding and debris in the lake caused the event to be postponed until Feb. 6.

19th annual Polar Bear Plunge

When: 10:45 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 6

Where: Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville

Cost: $30 for single jumper and $90 for family up to four people

More info:

Participants young and old can jump in the frigid waters of Lake Lanier at the 19th annual Polar Bear Plunge after flooding and debris in the lake postponed the New Year’s Day event.

Individuals or groups can take the plunge at noon Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue on 3105 Clarks Bridge Road.

“Last year we had about 160,” Lanier Canoe and Kayak club volunteer Chris Potter said in a previous Times story. “We hope to have more this year to jump.”

Participants will be divided into two categories: Dare or Scare. Those who “DARE” can dive into the water and receive a “I dared” T-shirt. Those who are “SCARE” will take home an “I scared” T-shirt.

Afterward, all may enjoy a bowl of warm chili and hot cocoa. The chili comes from a cook-off, which is mostly the members of the club, but anyone may cook up a batch.

Registration will begin at 10:45 a.m. and the plunge will happen at noon. Jumpers should be ready by then.

The cost is $30 for a single jump or $90 for a family jump up to four people. Online registration is at and closes today.

The event supports Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club’s Olympic legacy program, which helps train paddlers for a chance to compete in the Summer Olympics. This spring, the venue will host the U.S. Olympic Trials, the Canadian Olympic Trials and the Pan American Games.