The annual Birch Bay Polar Bear Plunge attracts hundreds of people each year who brave the cool January 1st temperatures and run into the ocean! It’s a fun (and chilly) way to celebrate the new year. Even if you don’t plan on jumping in, there’s something fun about watching other people brave the cold!

This year, to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 we we are asking you to participate in the Birch Bay Polar Bear Plunge Virtually. Plunge only with your immediate household and wear a mask when  you are unable to socially distance from others.

Share your fun with The Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce. Prizes will be awarded for their favorite photos and videos. Photos should be sent to no later than January 8th, 2021

Polar Bear Plunge Details

2021 Date, Time and Location

Date: January 1, 2020

Location: Anywhere in Birch Bay! Feel free to plunge anywhere from Point Whitehorn to Sunset Beach within Birch Bay Village! Please do so safely and avoid any active construction areas where the berm project may be underway.

Time: Anytime! There is no organized event this year. Pick a time that works best for you and your household.


Register for the event to receive an official Birch Bay Polar Bear Plunge certificate. Registration is required if you intend on sending us your photos and videos of the contest.

Complete the registration form on the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce website. Click below to be directed to the registration form.