A large group of young, and not so young souls gathered New Year’s morning at the swimming area of Regatta Park to get a cold “slap-in-the-face-wake-up” from Devil’s Lake – The Devil’s Lake Dunk.
It was the fourth straight “wake up the hard way” event at the park which is not affiliated with any other sanctioned New Year’s Day event. We’re told it was dreamed up by a number of Lincoln City residents who didn’t want to have to get up early New Year’s morning and drive all the way to Tillamook County’s “Manzanita Polar Plunge.” They wanted something of their own. And so the Devil’s Lake Dunk came to be. Besides, they said, “Devil’s Lake is a lot colder than the ocean this time of year.”
Mayor Dick Anderson was on hand to monitor what he called “the craziness” and was very pleased at the turn-out and even speculated that the “Dunk” may be just the start of some other special events involving Devil’s Lake. It’s all in the video.