The Polar Plunge is back for the third year in a row. Otter Tail Lakes Country Association (OTLCA) and the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office are partnering in this event to raise money for Special Olympics. 

The goal is to raise $65,000 in 2022. Mark your calendars for February 5 at noon on Otter Tail Lake.

The Polar Plunge is presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run, a movement of volunteers dedicated to increasing awareness and funds for Special Olympics athletes across the state. Last year, 139 plungers on Otter Tail Lake raised $50,850. The money raised accomplishes so much more than getting you to jump into Otter Tail Lake in the winter. The Polar Plunge is the biggest fundraiser for Special Olympics Minnesota. All funds raised by Plungers help Special Olympics Minnesota provide year-round training and services to over 8,100 athletes across the state. For example, a $300 donation provides the necessary equipment for an entire young athlete’s season.

Otter Tail County Sheriff Barry Fitzgibbons said, “Even with a different event format with COVID-19 restrictions last year, we well exceeded the expectations. I am hoping that this year’s event can make an even bigger impact. I would encourage people to consider joining a team or donating to a team.” 

Sign up to participate in the Polar Plunge this year and raise the $75.00 minimum to participate, then you are automatically entered to win some cool prizes. Upon check-in and the minimum $75.00 donation, you will receive a special edition T-shirt. Remember, the more you raise the more incentives you will receive.

Safety measures will be updated as the event gets closer for in-person Plunge sites. If you don’t feel comfortable attending an in-person event you can join the Virtual Plunge and earned incentives will be sent to you. Visit for ideas of ways to participate in a virtual plunge. 

So far Otter Tail County has raised $1,835 toward the goal of $65,000. 

For more information and to register visit