The Polar Bear Plunge
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The Polar Bear Plunge

One of the annual traditions of Chico is the Polar Bear Plunge—jumping into and swimming across Sycamore Pool, filled with the frigid waters of Big Chico Creek, at One Mile Recreation Area in Lower Bidwell Park to start off the new year. The event has become a community tradition, happening annually since 1980 and starting at 1pm.

Over the past four decades, thousands of Chicoans have participated in the New Year’s Day swim. Follow along with Jason Weinrich as he plunges in for the first time on January 1, 2020.

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