Are you brave enough to plunge at Lake DeSmet?

(Lake DeSmet, Wyo.) — Are you brave enough to make the polar plunge at Lake DeSmet on New Years Day? The 29th Annual Polar Bear Plunge happens at 1 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 1 at the south end boat ramp. The plunge isn't a formal event, nor is it sponsored by any entity, according to organizer Rob Forister. "It is just bunch of people who enjoy bringing in the new year with an exhilarating dip in icy water," he says. There isn't any fee, and participants can just show up, get in line, work up some courage — and jump. "Then get out as quickly as possible," Forister says. "It is scary, but most people get out of the water with smiles." The water temperature is normally around 38 degrees. There is ice on the bay this year, and volunteers will start to cut the ice with a chainsaw at 11:30 a.m. "After we cut the hole, it starts to ice back up, and there will be a little film of ice for the first person. Most people jump two at a time. Last year we had about 200 people jump (not counting the few crazier people who jump twice)," Forister told Dally. *Feature photo Rob Forister / Pitchengine Communities* #dally #news