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Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim

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Men's start of the annual Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim in Carnelian Bay in Lake Tahoe, California
Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim in Lake Tahoe

The Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim always draw a colorful, eclectic crowd to its high-altitude, low-temperature high-altitude swim. At an altitude of 6,229 feet (1,898 meters) in Lake Tahoe, the water temperature at 39°C (4°C) throughout the 250-yard polar bear swim feels especially cool. With a cut-off time of 20 minutes, a crowd gathers to see who is the fastest, the slowest and the most colorful in front of the Gar Woods Restaurant in Carnelian Bay, California.


The 31st edition of cold water swimming celebration is held on March 2019 as part of North Lake Tahoe SnowFest, the annual Mardi Gras in the Sierra Nevada mountains.


250 yards




City Carnelian Bay

State/County/Province California

Country USA

Region Americas


Name Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim


Event Information[edit]

Website: Gar Woods

Water Temp: 39°F (4°C)

Class: Polar Bear, high-altitude swim

Wetsuit: Yes

Charity: No

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