About the Jacksonport Polar Bear Club

The Jacksonport Polar Bear Club invites you to join them in Jacksonport, Wisconsin, each New Year’s Day at 12 Noon sharp (Central time) for a refreshing dip in the icy water of Lake Michigan as they have since 1986. Most of the members survived, and you can too!

There is no cost to participate in the swim.

If you are planning to be a Polar Bear and take the plunge, be sure to check out our “Tips & Forms” for important instructions and helpful hints you should read before next New Year’s Day!

Road Trip

The Polar Bears were 20th Century-Fox’s special guests on March 12, 2002 for the “Outdoor Frozen Premiere” of the fun film ICE AGE.

Read more here

Road Trip

Swim History

Swimmers Each Year

#
Year
Swimmers
Air Temp (°F)
Water Temp (°F)
30
2016
800
25°
35°
29
2015
500
22.6°
32.4°
28
2014
300
31.6°
27
2013
700
24°
32°
26
2012
600
28°
33°
25
2011
800
24°
32°
24
2010
900
19°
31°
23
2009
750
31°
31°
22
2008
850
33°
33°
21
2007
800
38°
38°
20
2006
500
37°
32°
19
2005
700
29°
32°
18
2004
600
32°
32°
17
2003
800
28°
33°
16
2002
700
30°
32°
15
2001
500
26°
32°
14
2000
600
33°
33°
13
1999
175
10°
---
12
1998
290
34°
---
11
1997
111
25°
---
10
1996
106
22°
---
9
1995
71
18°
---
8
1994
52
33°
---
7
1993
23
---
6
1991
14
---
5
1990
12
27°
---
4
1989
3
29°
---
3
1988
1
19°
---
2
1987
1
28°
---
1
1986
1
22°
---
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Air Temperature:
Water Temperature:

Join Us for the Swim!

Monday, January 01, 2018 • 12:00 PM

Lakeside Park • Jacksonport, WI

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