The Plunge

Its time for our 10th Annual Plunge Benefit-t-t-ting Kids in the Creek & Environmental Education. We have two options again this year: Take the Plunge or Take the Plunge Challenge!

Take The Plunge: This is our traditional Plunge and we’ll be at a semi-new location this year – the Lake Junaluska Pool, right next to our old location at the beach (77 Memory Lane, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745). The date is Saturday, February 12, 2022 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Registration and check-in begins at 10:00 AM. Plungers can jump off the side of the pool or simply wade in to a depth of your choice.

Register in advance at our new online fundraising platform, SimplyK. Walk-ins are always welcome!


Take the Plunge Challenge: This is for supporters who can’t attend The Plunge or want extra precautions around COVID. Find a place to plunge – your bathtub, a kiddie pool, your front yard with a hose, or a local waterway, anything counts as long as that water is cold!

Part of the Challenge is also challenging your friends and family to participate and help raise more funds. Make a wager out of it, or form a team for one of several Team prizes. Register for either option at SimplyK.

If you choose, document your Plunge in a short video clip and post it to our Facebook page by February 11 to enter it into the Best Plunge and Best Costume contests.

When selecting a location, don’t trespass – contact us for suggestions. Wherever you Plunge, jumping in freezing water can be hazardous to your health. All participants must sign the Waiver Form and email it to


All the Other Details: The Plunge and Plunge Challenge support kids and protecting Haywood County’s waterways. They raise money for our premier education event, Kids in the Creek, one that teachers call “extremely valuable for teaching about water quality”. Our surveys demonstrate it is a very effective tool for increasing knowledge about water and raising environmentally-responsible behaviors in the kids. The events also support our many other youth and environmental education programs that protect clean water. 

Join us so you can say you took a Plunge in the middle of winter.  All Plungers receive a FREE t-shirt to commemorate their courage and support of clean water. Plunge Challengers can pick their t-shirt up at the Plunge or we can arrange delivery.

All ages welcome. Kids under 18 will need their parent or guardian to sign the Waiver Form. Shorts are mandatory, costumes are encouraged. All Plungers also get a free chili lunch. 

Whether you take the Plunge or the Plunge Challenge, the cost is $25 or FREE by raising sponsorships ($10 for under age 18). To register or donate:

     1. Online: visit our SimplyK page for all the details. Crowdfunding is an easy way to support any cause, and the method by which we raised the most funds. Every dollar counts!

     2. Offline: Download the Registration and Donation Packet and follow the directions. 

Trophies and prize packages will be given for: Top three Individual Fundraisers, School Team Fundraisers, and Community Team Fundraisers; Top three Best Costumes; Team with the Most Plungers; and Best Plunge.

For the team awards, you can show up as a group or simply tell us which team you’re representing at the pool of if you take the Challenge. We’ll track donations online at SimplyK but any cash turned in by February 12 counts. Contact us to arrange delivery.

The costumes are a highlight of the Plunge and we expect nothing different this year. A committee will decide on February 12 who wins based on creativity and originality, this will include reviewing any Plunge Challenges posted by February 11.

Need more info? Contact us at 828-476-4667 or 

We are seeking Event Sponsors – want to see your business featured? Everything you need to know is in the Sponsorship Packet.

You can also help us promote the Plunge by posting our flyer in your window. Every little bit helps as we try to make this our best Plunge ever!

Haywood Waterways Association is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law (Tax ID: 56-2108874). Financial information and a copy of our license is available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2214; the license is not an endorsement by the State.