What better way to greet 2024 by preparing to plunge into Clark Lake’s refreshingly chilled waters.  Once again, the Eagle’s Nest Bar & Grill is hosting the January 27th event. Plungers will jump from the Marina gas dock into a hole in the ice, courtesy of the Columbia Township Fire Department (presuming the lake freezes over).  Regardless of whether ice is present or not, this fundraiser for Special Olympics goes forward.

Here’s the prep for the Plunge:

  • 12:30pm – Plunge Check-In Opens & Pre-Plunge Party.  Participants turn in cash & check donations, get incentives, prepare to plunge!
  • 2 pm – Plunge into Clarklake
  • Once completed, plungers and their entourages will gather inside the Eagle’s Nest for the After-Splash Bash & Awards.  Lunch is included for all plungers who raise $100+.  Drinks/lunch for spectators will be available for purchase.

How did the Plunge go last year?  Check out this very popular video.


The Polar Plunge is presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Michigan, which explains why you will see their strong turnout.

Who won awards last year?

Top Individual Fundraiser
Lisa Hendricks, $6,827

Top Team Fundraiser
Jackson Emergency Response Team, $5,760

Top Law Enforcement Fundraising Team
Jackson Police Department, $4,815

Top MDOC Fundraising Team
Jackson Emergency Response, $5,760

Youngest Plunger
Klaire Scanlon (12 years old)

Best Costume
Jason Duncan

Best Team Costume

The goal for 2024 is $45,000.  Click here to sign up.