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Lake Erie

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Lake Erie is the fourth largest lake (by surface area) of the five Great Lakes in North America, and the tenth largest globally. It is the southernmost, shallowest, and smallest by volume of the Great Lakes. It is bounded by Ontario to the north, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York to the south, and Michigan to the west. The lake is named after the Erie tribe of Native Americans who lived along its southern shore. The outflow from the lake provides hydroelectric power to Canada and the U.S. as it spins huge turbines at Niagara Falls.

Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association[edit]

A solo crossing of Lake Erie between Canada and the U.S.A. is one of the newest USA and Canada's Top Open Water Swims. Marathon swims across Lake Erie are governed by the USA group, from Erie PA (LEOWSA) Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association, managed by Josh Heynes,and also 2 Canadian observation/sanctioning groups #1 LOST Swimming/LOCO, managed by Rob Kent and #2 SOLO Swims of Ontario managed by Greg Taylor.

The Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association was established in 2012 upon the recommendation of multiple local United States cities, municipalities, and other local government organizations (US Border Patrol, US Coast Guard), due to the increasing popularity, interest, and number of swim crossings of Lake Erie.

With its main focus as a safety organization, the LEOWSA is recognized as the provincial swimming body for observing, monitoring, and providing services for individuals/relays participating in long distance solo swims in Lake Erie.

Any swim conducted after July 2012 without the knowledge/consent and or participation of LEOWSA, LOCO, and or SoloSwims Ontario, will be considered "Unsanctioned and Unofficial", and will not be recognized by the Open Water Swimming Community at large. For safety reasons, local authorities, Local US Border Patrol and US Coast Guard will not permit a marathon swim in Lake Erie without the swimmer(s) to be involved with and insured with any of the previous mentioned proper sanctioning/monitoring group(s).

LEOWSA’s mandate is to independently insure, observe, sanction, and verify all individual swims across Lake Erie, and to endure that such swims are conducted safely according to strict guidelines according to WOWSA and “Rules of Marathon Swimming” as established by the Marathon Swimming Federation.

LEOWSA has established a "standard course". From the tip of Long Point, Ontario Canada to Freeport Beach in Northeast Twp, Pa. 24.3 miles. However LEOWSA are willing to support any course and distance and swimmer chooses.

For more information and a "swimmers registration packet". email LEOWSA Josh Heynes (jheynes1@gmail.com).

Successful Marathon Swims Across Central Lake Erie[edit]

Recognized and Ratified by LEOWSA

1975: Pat Budney swam 26 miles (41.8 km) in 25 hours 52 minutes from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Presque Isle State Park - Beach 10, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA on 20 August 1975. Note: his finish beach is now named Budney Beach in his honor.
1989: Bob North and Harvey Snell swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach, North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 12 August 1989
1992: Bob Weir 49, Canada swam 27 miles (43km) in 23 hours 41 minutes from Dunkirk, NY, USA to Mohawk Point, Ontario Canada 26-27 Aug

1993: Halli Reid swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) in 17 hours from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach, North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 9 August 1993 (first woman)
Note: Nearby Park is now named in her honor

1995: Greg Sarbak swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) in 13 hours 30 minutes from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 21 August 1995
1998: Paula Stephanson: swam 27 miles (43km) in 18 hours:23 minutes from Dunkirk,NY USA to Rock Point Provincial Park, Ontario Canada 18-19 July

2002: Paula Jongerden swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) in 23 hours 36 minutes from Presque Isle State Park, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA to Long Point, Ontario, Canada on 21 August 2002
2005: Sara McClure swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 8 August 2005
2006: Josh Heynes swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) in 11 hours 53 minutes from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 9 August 2006
2007: Dan Nichols swam 32.2 miles (51.4km) in 20 hours 45 minutes 57 seconds from Presque Isle State Park, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA to Abigail Becker Parkway, Long Point, Ontario on 5 August 2007
2007: Sonya Pyle swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) in 14 hours 9 minutes from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 6 August 2007
2009: Randy McElwain swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) in 11 hours 23 minutes 33 seconds from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 24 August 2009
2010: Mitch Ranzenberger swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) in 17 hours 47 minutes from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 1 August 2010
2011: Josh Heynes swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) in 11 hours 16 minutes 40 seconds from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 9 July 2011 (course record time)
2011: Melanie Reade swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) in 13 hours 35 minutes 33 seconds from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 31 July 2011 (course record time for women)
2011: Randy McElwain swam 32.5 miles (51.5 km) in 16 hours 26 minutes 6 seconds from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Dobbin's Landing - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA on 30 August 2011 (longest distance across Lake Erie)
2012: Eric Mizuba swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) across Lake Erie in 14 hours 34 minutes from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 29 July 2012
2014: Elliot Spaeder swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) across Lake Erie in 11 hours 38 minutes from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 22 July 2014
2015: Tommy Steele swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) in 11 hours 50 minutes from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach, Pennsylvania, USA on 28 July 2015
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Unsanctioned and Unofficial

2013: Mike Ferritto swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) across Lake Erie in 15 hours 20 minutes from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 1 August 2013
2013: Steve Wargo swam 24.3 miles (39.1 km) across Lake Erie in 20 hours 7 minutes from Long Point, Ontario, Canada to Freeport Beach - North East Twp., Pennsylvania, USA on 1 August 2013

Successful Marathon Swims Across Eastern basin Lake Erie[edit]

Ratified by SoloSwimsOntario

Eastern Lake Erie

1. Vicki Keith 27 Canada 01-02 Jul 1988 10:24 16 miles (26 km) Port Colborne (Ontario) to Sturgeon Point (New York)

2. Kim Middleton 27 Canada 07 Aug 1988 18:00 Double Crossing, 22 miles (35 km) Point Abino (Ontario) to Sturgeon Point (New York) Return to Crystal Beach (Ontario)

3. Rick Wood 32 Canada 25 Aug 1990 16:46 Double Crossing, 22 miles (35 km) Point Abino (Ontario) to Sturgeon Point (New York) Return to Crystal Beach (Ontario)

4. Ashley Cowan 15y 223d Canada 7 Sep 2001 14:20 12 miles (19.2 km) Sturgeon Point (New York) to Crystal Beach (Ontario) Quadruple amputee

5 Terri-Lynn Langdon 20 Canada 31 Aug 2002 12:55 12 miles (19.2 km) Sturgeon Point (New York) to Crystal Beach (Ontario) Cerebral Palsy swimmer

6. John Munro 52 Canada 13 Jul 2009 9:33 12 miles (19.2 km) Crystal Beach (Ontario) to Sturgeon Point (New York)

7. Chris Stockdale 62 England 21 Sep 2006 14:15 16 miles (26 km) Port Colborne (Ontario) to Sturgeon Point (New York)

8. Susanne Robinson 36 Canada 30 Jul 2007 8:14 12 miles (19.2 km) Crystal Beach (Ontario) to Sturgeon Point (New York)

9. Natalie Lambert 14y 341d Canada 6 Jul 2008 7:47:30 Butterfly & Ladies N-S Freestyle Record. 12 miles (19.2 km) Crystal Beach (Ontario) to Sturgeon Point (New York)

10. Jade Scognamillo 14y 217d England 12 Jul 2008 5:40:35 S-N Freestyle Record. 12 miles (19.2 km) Sturgeon Point (New York) to Crystal Beach (Ontario)

11. Natalie Lambert 15 Canada 9 Jul 2009 6:40:59 12 miles (19.2 km) Boat Ramp, Crystal Beach (Ontario) to Beach east of harbour, Sturgeon Point (New York)

12. Thie Convery 43 Canada 4 Jul 2010 7:20 11.5 miles (18.5 km) 1 km east of Sturgeon Point (New York) 42.69635°N, 79.030767 W to Crystal Beach (Ontario), 42.8602166°N, 79.0593°W

13. Greg Willoughby 40 Canada 15 Jul 2011 6:17:40 N-S Mens Freestyle Record. 12 miles (19.2 km) Crystal Beach (Ontario), 42deg 51' 42" N, 79deg 03' 50" W to Sturgeon Point (New York, 42deg 41' 30" N, 79deg 02' 36" W

Annaleise Carr[edit]

Annaleise Carr also completed her Annaleise Carr's Radical Crossing 2.0 in two stage swims, the first was 44 km and the second was 33 km in Lake Erie]] on 31 August 2014.

RE7 North Shore Challenge for Camp Trillium[edit]

Norfolk County on Lake Erie is site of the RE7 North Shore Challenge for Camp Trillium that is part of the Canadian Open Water Swim Series.

Sub-32 Marathon[edit]

Presque Isle State Park on Lake Erie was the site of Darren Miller's sub-3 marathon attempt in 2015.

Youngest Butterfly Crossing[edit]

Michaela Arsenault is a Canadian swimmer who became the youngest to swim Lake Erie all butterfly in 2016 at the age of 14, just two weeks younger than the prior record holder, her sister Trinity Arsenault. This swim is not shown as certified by LEOWSA.

Ultimate Swim-a-Thon[edit]

The Ultimate Swim-a-Thon is a 50-state, 50-swim extreme charity swim by American open water swimmers and brothers Joseph Zemaitis and John Zemaitis from Arizona (also known as the Swim Brothers). The Ultimate Swim-a-Thon requires the completion of a marathon swim of at least 10 km in distance in all 50 states. The charity swim benefits USA Swimming Foundation.

  • Day 1 (20 July 2022), Swim 1: 10.2 km from Makaha Beach to Keawaula Beach on Oahu, Hawaii
  • Day 2 (21 July 21st), Swim 2: 10.33 km in Big Lake, City of Anchorage, State of Alaska
  • Day 3 (22 July 22nd), Swim 3: 10.41 km in Lake Tahoe, City of Reno, State of Nevada
  • Day 3 (22 July 22nd), Swim 4: 10.06 km in Lake Tahoe, State of California
  • Day 4 (23 July 23rd), Swim 5: 17.16 km in the Willamette River, Portland, State of Oregon
  • Day 4 (23 July 23rd), Swim 6: 10.32 km in Yale Lake, City of Yale, State of Washington
  • Day 5 (24 July 24th), Swim 7: 10.00 km in Coeur d’Alene, City of Coeur d’Alene, State of Idaho
  • Day 5 (24 July 24th), Swim 8: 10.43 km in Flathead Lake, City of Elmo, State of Montana
  • Day 6 (July 25th), Swim 9: 10.38 km in Lake de Smet, City of Sheridan, State of Wyoming
  • Day 6 (July 25th), Swim 10: 10.30 km in Belle Fourche Dam, State of South Dakota
  • Day 7 (July 26th), Swim 11: 10.35 km in Lake Ashtabula, Valley City, State of North Dakota
  • Postponed due to Lightning: Day 7 (July 26th), Swim 12: 10.08 km in Lake Minnewaska, Glenwood, State of Minnesota
  • Postponed: Day 7 (July 26th), Swim 13: 10.05 km in Spirit Lake, City of Spirit Lake, Iowa
  • Day 8 (July 27th), Re-do Swim 12: 10.08 km in Lake Minnewaska, Glenwood, Minnesota
  • Day 8 (July 27th), Re-do Swim 13: 10.05 km in Spirit Lake, City of Spirit Lake, Iowa
  • Day 9 (July 28th), Swim 14: 10.22 km in Lake Michigan, City of Kenosha, State of Wisconsin
  • Day 9 (July 28th), Swim 15: 11.97 km in Lake Michigan, City of Waukegan, State of Illinois
  • Day 10 (July 29th), Swim 16: 10.08 km in Lake Michigan, Michigan City, State of Indiana
  • Day 10 (July 29th), Swim 17: 10.21 km in Lake Michigan, New Buffalo, State of Michigan
  • Day 11 (July 30th), Swim 18: 10.12 km in Lake Erie, City of Conneaut, State of Ohio
  • Day 11 (July 30th), Swim 19: 10.24 km in Lake Erie, City of Erie, State of Pennsylvania
  • Postponed: Day 11 (July 30th), Swim 20: 10.24 km in Lake Erie, City of Westfield, State of New York
  • Day 12 (July 31st), Swim 20: 10.24 km in Lake Champlain, State of New York
  • Days 12/13 (July 31st/August 1st), Swim 21: 10.20 km in Lake Champlain, State of Vermont
  • Day 13 (August 1st), Swim 22: 10.13 km in Lake Winnipesaukee, State of New Hampshire
  • Day 13 (August 1st), Swim 23: 10.08 km in Lake Sebago, City of South Casco, State of Maine
  • Day 14 (August 2nd), Swim 24: 10.16 km in Narragansett Bay, State of Rhode Island
  • Day 14 (August 2nd), Swim 25: 10.04 km in Buzzards Bay, Pocasset, State of Massachusetts
  • Day 14 (August 2nd), Swim 26: 10.08 km in Long Island Sound, Norwalk, State of Connecticut
  • Day 15 (August 3rd), Swim 27: 10.06 km in Silver Bay, City of Toms River, State of New Jersey
  • Day 15 (August 3rd), Swim 28: 10.18 km in Rehoboth Bay, Rehoboth Bay, State of Delaware
  • Day 16 (August 4th), Swim 29: 11.12 km in Eastern Bay, City of Stevensville, State of Maryland
  • Day 16 (August 4th), Swim 30: 10.46 km in Summersville Lake, State of West Virginia
  • Day 17 (August 5th), Swim 31: 10.62 km in Lake Wylie, Charlotte, State of South Carolina
  • Day 17 (August 5th), Swim 32: 10.43 km in Lake Norman, Denver, State of North Carolina
  • Day 18 (August 6th), Swim 33: 10.22 km in South Holston Lake, Bristol, State of Virginia
  • Day 18 (August 6th), Swim 34: 10.64 km in South Holston Lake, City of Bristol, Tennessee
  • Day 18 (August 6th), Swim 35: 10.44 km in Laurel River Lake, Morehead, State of Kentucky
  • Day 19 (August 7th), Swim 36: 10.62 km in Lake Burton, City of Clayton, State of Georgia
  • Day 19 (August 7th), Swim 37: 10.22 km in Lake Guntersville, Guntersville, State of Alabama
  • Day 20 (August 8th), Swim 38: 10.14 km in Choctawhatchee Bay, Destin, State of Florida
  • Day 20 (August 8th), Swim 39: 10.14 km in Bay St. Louis, Bay St. Louis, State of Mississippi
  • Day 21 (August 9th), Swim 40: 10.48 km in Toledo Bend Reservoir, Florein, Louisiana
  • Day 21 (August 9th), Swim 41: 10.16 km in Toledo Bend Reservoir, Fairmont, State of Texas
  • Day 21 (August 9th), Swim 42: 10.14 km in Broken Bow Lake, Broken Law, State of Oklahoma
  • Day 22 (August 10th), Swim 43: 10.26 km in Beaver Lake, Bentonville, State of Arkansas
  • Day 22 (August 10th), Swim 44: 10.58 km in Table Rock Lake, Branson, State of Missouri
  • Day 23 (August 11th), Swim 45: 10.09 km in Wilson Lake, City of Russell, State of Kansas
  • Day 23 (August 11th), Swim 46: 10.62 km in Harlan County Lake, Alma, State of Nebraska
  • Day 24 (August 12th), Swim 47: 10.30 km in Navajo Reservoir], Rio Arriba County, New Mexico
  • Day 24 (August 12th), Swim 48: 10.00 km in McPhee Reservoir, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Day 25 (August 13th), Swim 49: 10.13 km in Lake Powell, Wahweap, State of Utah
  • Day 25 (August 13th), Swim 50: 10.38 km in Lake Powell, State of Arizona

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