Two brave young souls take the first dip of the year at a Jan. 1 Polar Bear Swim at a frozen-over Kawkawa Lake, with a healthy dose of encouragement from Brian McKinney in 2018. The tradition continues for 2020. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

Polar bear swimmers to make another splash at Kawkawa Lake

Will you be ringing in 2020 with a crisp dip in cool waters?

This year got off to cold splash at Kawkawa Lake on New Year’s Day, when dozens of residents showed up for a Polar Bear Swim. And 2020 is going to kick off the same way. The 2020 Hope, Cascades and Canyons Polar Bear Swim takes place at 1 p.m. in the same place.

The Hope Lions Club will be cheering everyone on beach side with hot chocolate, popcorn, hot dogs and a 20ft long fire pit, beginning at noon.

All the “brave souls” will line up along the beach and Polar Bear swim leader Brian McKinney will do the official countdown.

To take part, just head to Kawkawa Lake Beach prior to the kick off at 1 p.m.


 

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