Get Wet: Annual Polar Bear Plunges, Dips and Dives


December 16, 2016

By OutdoorsNW Staff

Photo at right: Adorned in a polar bear hat with paws, a playful swimmer warms up after a New Year’s plunge at Seattle’s Matthews Beach. Courtesy of the City of Seattle


It’s that time of year for Polar Bear Plunges! Here’s our schedule of Northwest plunges, dips or dives planned for Jan. 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted in red.


Bellingham – Resolution Run/Walk and Padden Polar Dip, Lake Padden:
Blaine – Polar Bear Plunge, Birch Bay Waterfront:
Freeland – Polar Bear Plunge, Double Bluff Beach:
Lacey – Polar Bear Plunge, Long Lake Park:
Renton – Polar Bear Plunge, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park:
Seattle – Resolution Run 5K and Polar Bear Dive, Magnuson Park:
Seattle – Polar Bear Plunge, Matthews Beach Park:
Tacoma – Polar Bear Plunge, Point Defiance Park:
Jan. 21– Mar. 18 — Washington Special Olympic Plunges:


Charleston – Polar Bear Plunge, Sunset Bay Park:
Corvallis – Polar Bear Swim, Osborn Aquatic Center:
Newport – Resolution Run and Polar Bear Plunge, South Beach:
Feb. 11 – 25 — Oregon Special Olympic Plunges:


Boise – Great Polar Bear Challenge, Spring Shores Marina:

British Columbia

Vancouver – Polar Bear Swim, English Bay:

Do you have a polar bear swim that you would like to add to our list? Email us here

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