Starts promptly at 11:00 a.m. Thursday January 1st 2015 at the swim area at the north end of Cascade Lake. Lots of parking available. Remember to use a WA state parking pass to support your state parks system.

The theme this year is : “Disco Dive”

Contact Martin Taylor  if you have any questions [email protected] or 376-6935.

The Polar Bear Plunge is an Orcas Island tradition and a fund raiser for the Orcas Island Junior rowing club (OIRA). It’s also a fun social gathering even if you don’t take the plunge yourself!

If you want to start the New Year with a jolt that will bring you wide awake you should participate in an Orcas Tradition: The Polar Bear Plunge. It’s a simple event, Dave Roseberry the master of ceremonies will give the shout and the hearty souls of Orcas will charge headlong into Cascade Lake. Within a few seconds they will re-emerge shocked into a new perspective on the world. Plan to be there early. The event will start on time. There’s no charge to jump in the lake. Free paramedics will be standing by.

The first Plunge was on Jan 1st 1998. That year local sheriff’s deputies Ray Clever, Ed Commet and Herb Crowe were auctioned off and paid to jump in the lake.

Since then there has been a theme for each Plunge:

  • 1999 – Winter Luau
  • 2000 – Millennium Morning Toga Party
  • 2001 – Soggy Prom
  • 2002 – Soggy Super heroes
  • 2003 – Washed-up Rock Stars
  • 2004 – Frozen 50’s Soggy Sock Hop
  • 2005 – Masquerade
  • 2006 – Frozen Farmers
  • 2007 – Freeze Your Booty
  • 2008 – Hypothermic Haberdashery & Frigid Frocks
  • 2009 – Save the Polar Bear
  • 2010 – Hippy Nippy Dip
  • 2011 – Glacial Getaway
  • 2012 – Frozen In Time
  • 2013 – I survived!
  • 2014 – The morning after
  • 2015 – Disco Dive

So come on down and be one with Orcas Island as you take the plunge!

Here are some photos from an unusual perspective (from the water) from 2011.

Here are some photos from the land of the 2012 Plunge

A POV video from the 2012 plunge



Contact Martin Taylor  if you have any questions [email protected] or 376-6935.