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Annual Polar Bear Plunge postponed due to high level of Lake Lanier
A group of swimmers plunge in to Lake Lanier during last years annual Polar Bear Plunge at Lake Lanier Olympic Venue. This years event will be held Friday. - photo by FCN regional staff

At a glance

* What: 19th annual Polar Bear Plunge

* When: noon Friday

* Where: Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club’s boathouse apron, Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville

* Cost: $20 for individual or $90 for family of four

* More info:

UPDATE (10:30 a.m. Wednesday):

The annual Polar Bear Plunge has been postponed "due to extreme weather and lake conditions." The event was set for Jan. 1.



GAINESVILLE — While some choose to leap into the new year at midnight, others choose to welcome in the new year by jumping into Lake Lanier during the annual Polar Bear Plunge.

The 19th annual event is set for noon Friday at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road in Gainesville.

Registration and check in starts at 10:45 a.m. Participants can register online at

The cost is $30 for a single jumper and up to $90 for four family members.

Participants can complete for awards. Categories include best costume, best splash, best jump and the oldest and youngest. The Funniest Chicken will be awarded to a participant in costume who chooses not to jump in the water.

Plungers are asked to bring a towel to dry off, as well as a change of clothes.

After taking the plunge, participants can warm up with a bowl of chili and hot cocoa.

The Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club is sponsoring the chili cook-off, but guests are welcome to bring their own version.

For more information, visit