Ludington Lake Jump
Springtime, so why jump in the lake? Because some hearty Ludington residents want to help raise money, which means it's time for the Ludington Lake Jump.
The 2020 Lake Jump had been postponed from April 18 to May 23, due to Covid-19. Instead of gathering on a certain date and actually jumping in the lake, participants were asked to have other creative ways to "Jump Where You Are" during the month of May. Participants were asked to find a body of water, register to jump using the link on the Ludington Lake Jump Facebook page and post a video of those jumping. Bodies of water ranged from a kiddie pool to lakes to bucket containers. The 2020 Lake Jump raised $72,674 for Lakeshore Food 4 Kids.
History of Lake Jump
2019 marked the 20th year for the Lake Jump, which began when two local disc jockeys made a dare. Since then, over $500,000 has been raised for local charities, such as West Shore Pregnancy Care Center, Sandcastles Children's Museum, the Rotary's STRIVE program and the Ludington Area Center for the Arts.
In 2015, the Ludington Lake Jump beneficiary was the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum and over $24,000 was raised. In 2016, the Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf Renovation benefited to the tune of over $7,800, and in 2017 the Mason County Sports Hall of Fame received the proceeds, totaling $22,100. The Lake Jump raised more than $42,000 in 2018, and with the matching gift, a total of $91,700 will be given to the Lakeshore Food Club.
What is Lake Jump?
Basically, area residents and businesses take pledges and try to raise as much money as possible for the Ludington Lake Jump. In return, that person must run into the icy waters of Lake Michigan at Stearns Park Beach. Many local businesses also help out with hot drinks and food at the event.
Get your friends and family involved by making a pledge. If you're a business, join in the fun and find creative ways to get your employees involved...and possibly match their pledge. You can turn in your pledge sheet the morning of the event at Stearns Park Beach. If you have any photos from past events, the committee would love to share them.
Stearns Park Beach.
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Enjoy Spring in West Michigan...
For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:
Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced WestMichigan.MichBiz.com directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.