The Polar Bear Plunge
The Polar Bear Plunge at Sycamore Pool is a beloved annual Chico tradition that brings together thrill-seekers and community members for a chilling and exhilarating experience.
Since 1980, every January 1st at 1pm, One Mile Recreation Area in Lower Bidwell Park transforms into a New Year’s playground as hundreds of participants plunge into the frigid waters of Big Chico Creek in the spirit of a fresh start to the new year.
The event typically attracts a diverse crowd, including locals, students, and visitors, all united by a shared enthusiasm for an invigorating start to the year. Spectators line the poolside to cheer on participants as they plunge into the frigid waters and swim across the iconic pool.