Polar bears not on Cave Lake’s endangered species list (Ely Times)

Nevada State Parks LogoELY, Nev.–What could become a crazy New Year’s ritual at Cave Lake kicked off Saturday as 10 brave souls plunged into the chilly water.

Steve Gray, the park supervisor at the state park, hosted the kick-off for the Cave Lake Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday. He said he hopes the Polar Bear Plunge will become an annual New Year’s Day event.

What made the Cave Lake adventure different from many similar events across the nation is that participants walked out on the ice until they fell through.

While the air temperature at noon was near 50 degrees and the water was colder, the temperatures on Jan. 1 will be substantially colder. Many similar events are held in subzero temperatures, some attracting hundreds of participants and raising thousands of dollars.

Read the complete story at the Ely Times.

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