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Welcome to the official site for the Polar Pout Plunge, held annually in Walker, Minnesota as a part of the International Eelpout Festival. Each year, thousands of people watch hundreds of plungers jump, flip, belly-flop and dance their way into Leech Lake’s icy waters to benefit the Walker Area Community Center. Tens of thousands of dollars are raised each year with proceeds going directly to the Walker Area Community Center


The Polar Pout Plunge is held annually in February during Eelpout Festival on Leech Lake in front of the Chase on the Lake Hotel.

Gretchen Gribbin
WACC Director

If you would like to be a volunteer or sponsor for this, or any of our WACC Signature Events, please contact Gretchen at 218-547-1853, or the email address above. 

2017 Plunge Results

  • Total Plungers: 59
  • Total Teams: 
  • Total Money Raised for WACC: $18,500
  • Team High: First National Bank: $5,019
  • Most Senior Plungers: 
  • Youngest Jumper: 
  • Best Team Costumes:
      “Scooby Doo and Friends” First National Bank
      “Pouting Dead” DW Jones Management

Earn Moondance Tickets

  • Each $1,000 earned by a jumper
  • Team that raises the most money
  • Best Team Costume
  • Most senior jumper
  • Also Moondance tickets for raising at least $1,000!



2017 Polar Pout Plunge Recap

Plunge raises $18,500!

Of the 59 people who jumped into Leech Lake Saturday, raising about $18,500 for the Walker Area Community Center, it was the team from First National Bank who raised the most money. 

Dressed up as Scooby Doo and Friends, the group of seven raised $5,019. Four-time winner and last year’s champs Walker Home Center was second at $4,050 and the Lucky Moose Pouting Dead team brought in $3,560. The four-member Moose team were dressed as Walking Dead characters. 

Joel Mensch, who has jumped in all 14 plunges, and Amber Shaw of Heritage Custom Framing and Artists Mall, raised $3,560. It was also Mensch’s 40th birthday. 

Captain Morgan, one of many sponsors of the event, and his “babes” got the event started by handing a “big check” for $1,500 to emcees Butch Delahunt and Mike Mussman of the KFAN, the Vikings Radio Network. He then took the plunge as he did last year.

How to Participate in the Polar Pout Plunge


Individuals and teams collect money from sponsors (a.k.a. those too chicken to jump) and take the plunge. Minimum cost to participate is $50. You will plunge into shallow water, about four feet deep. Do not jump head first. The Lakes Area Dive Team will be in the water to assist jumpers, if necessary. After the plunge you can retreat to heated facilities within the Chase Hotel.

  • Download and complete the registration form on the brochure.
  • Prizes are awarded according to the amount of money submitted at registration.
  • Collect sponsor donations from neighbors, friends and relatives. Minimum cost to participate is $50.
  • Bring your sponsor form and contributions to registration at the Chase Hotel Convention Center between 12:30-2:00 on plunge day.
  • Jumping begins at 2:00.
  • Bring a dry change of clothes with you.
  • Shoes are strongly encouraged.
  • Do not bring valuables!
  • Family appropriate attire is required.
  • Take the plunge! Water is about chest deep.  Do NOT dive head first!
  • Escape to our heated accommodations.

Why do I want to jump in the lake?!

Because, you can earn great prizes including Moondance tickets while raising money for a the Walker Area Community Center, which houses many of Walker's youth and civic organizations. Plus it's just a wild and crazy thing to participate in! It's the biggest crowd pleaser at the Mardi Gras on ice that is the Eelpout Festival. Participating in the Polar Pout Plunge should be on everyone's bucket list!

VIP Seating

Get the best view with our VIP Seating! You can be INSIDE the plunge area on our bleachers! This is the best view for live entertainment, the craziest costumes and plungers! Admission to the VIP area is $5.00. FIRST COME BASIS, PAY AT THE GATE!

ATTENTION MEDIA & PRESS! If you are part of the media personnel and need access inside of the plunge hole area, please call us at 218-547-1853 to secure your press pass. Please be advised that you are not allowed access into the VIP area without a pass.

Local Lodging

Event Sponsors

A great way to promote your business and benefit the WACC is to form a team and then host a Polar Pout Plunge party or open house. The Polar Pout Plunge committee can share ideas with you that may increase your winter business, as well as provide you with advertising and promotions. A Polar Pout Plunge team is one idea which may allow you to achieve an advertising sponsor level.

“Your ad here!” – Advertising opportunities with the Polar Pout Plunge
 Talk to us about advertising from the Pout Plunge stage and how your business can directly reach thousands of Pout Plunge attendees. To learn how, email us at wacc@arvig.net or text or call us at 218-547-1853.

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2016 Polar Pout Plunge Recap

by Gail DeBoer Pilot Independent Staff Writer gdeboer@pilotindependent.com

They came — they hesitated — and they jumped, all 92 of them at the 13th annual Polar Pout Plunge. Cheered on by thousands of spectators seated in the bleachers and standing on the ice, the teams, couples and individuals took the plunge into Leech Lake’s icy depths Saturday afternoon in front of the Chase Hotel. By the time it was done, a whopping $33,800 had been raised to support the Walker Area Community Center.

This year, the Walker Home Center Team reclaimed the Team Cup Award, which it held for three years before relinquishing it in 2015 to Charlie’s Up North. The WHC team of Ben Davis, Cara Schmidtke, Ashelyn Pendzimas and Jeff Blaine raised an impressive $10,000. At age 18, Schmidtke also was recognized as the youngest jumper. Oldest jumpers were Patty Miller and Henry Ewers, both 62.  Team Lucky Moose added $3,200 and a political flavor to the plunge, with Donald Trump (Matt Haas), Hillary Clinton (Brianna Peterson) and Barack Obama (Mark Peterson). As Trump and Obama prepared to jump, Clinton got behind Trump and “kicked” him into the water.  Joel Mensch and Amber Shaw of Heritage Custom Framing, which has jumped in every Polar Pout Plunge, raised $2,016 in memory of the late Jim Rogen and Jerry Mensch. 

With 22 members, the largest team called “Our Couch Pulls Out — But We Don’t!” raised $1,250. Names were not available, but the team said it was jumping in honor of friend Sam Keldermann, who passed away last month.

The Charlie’s Up North team of David Weiner, Abby Veit, Brandon Daidar, Ryan Diamond, Tom Diamond and Joann Diamond coughed up a cool $800. Denise Bednarczyk came all the way from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., to get cold and wet, and contributed $500.

There was a tie for the Best Costume Award. The First National Bank team, which raised $2,541, had Mark Hendrickson, Nick Wolf and Grant Asell dressed up as The Muppet Show characters Beaker, the Swedish Chef and Dr. Bunson Honeydew, complete with a science experiment, and Muppet Show theme music.

The other top prize for the most creative costume designers went to “LEGO Management,” with Amy Efta, Chris Efta, Jerecho Worth, Andrew Duchesneau, Brandon Peterson and Jimi Huber (DW Jones Management) dressed as LEGO building blox. Their team raised $2,110. 

J&K Marine’s “Yetti Team” of Justin Atkins, Brady Kaye, Zack Vieau and Quinn Evenson, raised $200. No word on who was wearing the furry white Yetti costume. “Sonny and Cher” (AKA Baily Timothy Phelps) made a guest appearance, to the strains of “I Got You, Babe!” and contributed $125 to the cause. 

Other popular characters included the Captain Morgan Pirate and two lovely lady friends; and the Ice Team Babes, dressed as ice tea bags ($560). 

The three sponsors were Shores of Leech Lake ($2,500), Captain Morgan ($1,500) and Liquid Ice ($1,000). Prior to the Polar Pout Plunge, raffle tickets at $100 a crack were sold for a chance to win $5,000 in cash. 

The lucky winner of the $5K was Meg Naugle. Hey, Meg, that will go nicely with the luxury fish house you won in a WACC drawing back in 2014.

  • Total Plungers: 92
  • Total Teams: 19
  • Total Money Raised for WACC: $33,800
  • Team High: Walker Home Center: $10,000
  • Most Senior Plungers: Patty Miller and Henry Ewers, both 62
  • Youngest Jumper: Cara Schmidtke, age 18
  • Best Team Costumes:
      “The Muppets” First National Bank
      “Lego Management” DW Jones Management

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