Welcome to the OFFICIAL SITE FOR THE POLAR POUT PLUNGE held annually in Walker, Minnesota as a part of the International Eelpout Festival. Each year, thousands of people watch hundreds of plungers jump, flip, belly-flop and dance their way into Leech Lake’s icy waters to benefit the Walker Area Community Center. Tens of thousands of dollars are raised each year with proceeds going directly to the WACC. The 2015 Polar Pout Plunge took place on Saturday, February 21st, 2015.
Individuals and teams collect money from sponsors (a.k.a. those too chicken to jump) and take the plunge. Minimum cost to participate is $50. You will plunge into shallow water, about four feet deep. Do not jump head first. The Lakes Area Dive Team will be in the water to assist jumpers, if necessary. After the plunge you can retreat to heated facilities within the Chase Hotel.
Because, you can earn great prizes including Moondance tickets by soliciting sponsors!
Jumpers may combine into teams of 2-10 to compete for team prizes. Any team that raises $1,000 or more will receive 10 tickets to the Team Appreciation Party. The Team Appreciation Party is an entirely free thank you party held the weekend after the plunge at Moondance Lazy Moon Bar & Grill, Cocktail Hour 5-7, Buffet 6-8. At this event, $1,000 cash will be given away as well as HD TVs, Moondance tickets and more.
Get the best view with our VIP Pass! For only $10 (or 3/$20)you can be INSIDE the plunge area on our bleachers! This is the best view for live entertainment, the craziest costumes and plungers! VIP Passes may be purchased at local retailers. Same-day sales are available only if not sold out so get them right away!
ATTENTION MEDIA & PRESS!: If you are part of the media personnel and need access inside of the plunge hole area, please call us at 218-547-1853 to secure your press pass. Please be advised that you are not allowed access into the VIP area without a pass.
The Walker Area Community Center is the home of Walker Rotary Club, Youth Hockey, Curling Club, Just For Kix, Tae Kwon Do, Boys and Girls Club, Fitness Center, Gymnasium, a large community meeting space and the quaint Ringle Library meeting room. The WACC hosts many more groups and events that bring thousands of visitors to the Walker area. To find out everything you need to know about the Polar Pout Plunge, please check out all the information below or visit us on Facebook.