"Polar Plunge" Site Moved

Dec 31, 2012

An invasive species has forced an annual event to a new location - more from WAMC's Dave Lucas

Tiny trouble: Asian clams pollute waters, force change of venue for popular winter event.
Credit FUND for Lake George

For years, upwards of 1500 people have flocked to Shepard Park Beach each New Year's Day for the "Polar Plunge" but the Saratogian reports that, this year, an infestation of Asian Clams has necessitated a change-of-venue - swimmers will hit the icy waters of Lake George's Million Dollar Beach at 1pm Tueday.

The newspaper says the Polar Plunge was started in the early 1970s by Charles “Papa Bear” Albert --- it has grown to become one of the Northeast’s largest New Year’s Day coldwater swims.