Please let it be clear we are an independent website and NOT the organizers of the this event. We strictly share information gathered from multiple sources and share it in one place for people who plan on jumping into lake Michigan on New Years Day. We sell merchandise on this site to offset the cost of managing this website.
If you need more information on the Polar Bear Plunge contact one of the many Polar Bear Clubs in your area.
Due to the extreme cold conditions expected on January 1st, 2019 it is recommended by medical professionals that you do not participate in this event. There are several other Polar Plunges in 2019 when the weather conditions may be more favorable. If you choose to participate, you are doing so at your own risk.
What to wear.
We recommend wearing layers which are easy on and off as well as comfortable. Before you plunge consider how much clothing you want getting wet, remember you want to be able to get out of it as soon as possible and into dry loose fitting clothing. Plan on wearing some type of footwear during the plunge the lake bottom could be rocky.
What to expect.
Take deep breaths and walk slowly into the water. Running may cause you to fall and get hurt. The water maybe icy. The bottom tends to be rocky and it's always extremely cold, prepare yourself for your body to feel like itís going into shock. The Milwaukee Fire Department Paramedics are in the water waiting in the event of someone needing assistance.
After the Plunge.
Get dried off and dressed before you leave the beach. Remove all wet clothing and get into dry clothes as soon as possible. Bring Warm dry socks and winter boots. Your feet are your first warming priority. Bring heating packs for your hands and feet. Layering sweatshirts and sweatpants are recommended after you get out of the water. Towels and wool blankets, a sleeping bag is also highly recommended.
Check out the official unofficial merchandise with 2019 Commemorative Polar Bear Plunge design these items are great to wear on site and later to brag that you Survived the Plunge.
Fun for the whole Family.
The event is a free non sponsored event, open to the public and does not require registration. If you are driving to the event, you'll want to make sure to give yourself plenty of time, as parking will be limited.
This is a Milwaukee Tradition made to share with friends and family. Most importantly make sure to follow all safety precautions and have someone help you get warmed up and safe after youíre out of the water.