2021 Lake Erie Swim Information


(based on NOAA buoy and weather station readings)

(based on NOAA satellite scans of the top 1mm of water)
(based on NOAA satellite scans of the top 1mm of water)

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Weekly supervised swims every WEDNESDAY from 5pm-7pm, starting on June 16h for 2021, possibly sooner if water temperature allows.

See 2021 COVID-19 Swim Guidelines/Rules Here

Warning: This property belongs to the ECHDC and it is NOT open for public swimming.  The BTC has a permit to use this property and host our swims on Wednesday evenings, 5pm-7pm, June through September. The BTC does not condone or endorse trespassing on this property for  swimming outside of the terms of our permit.

These training sessions are geared towards acclimating yourself to the open water and the things that are in it. These sessions will allow you to familiarize yourself with swimming continuously without a wall every 25 yards. Some members may do a warm-up by running along the waterfront before the swim. Other members may go for a run (or bike) along the path after the swim.

These swim workouts are hosted by Lynzee Raplh & other BTC volunteers, take place most Wednesdays (weather permitting), and start at 5pm. They take place at Wilkeson Pointe.  You can use the address 225 Fuhrmann Blvd, Buffalo NY 14203, for purposes of entering it into a GPS or mapping software.

Directions:  Fuhrmann Blvd. can be accessed from Route 5 both southbound and northbound. Heading south from the City, take the first exit off the Skyway and turn right onto Fuhrmann Blvd. Fuhrmann can also be accessed from Ohio St. across from Charlie's Boat House restaurant (formerly "Dug's Dive"). Be sure to get in the right hand lane on Ohio St as you come down the bridge over the railroad tracks. Go under Rt. 5 (aka the Skyway) and make a right at the light onto Fuhrmann Blvd. Fuhrmann can also be accessed from Tifft Street.

BTC Swimming Rules:
1. You must follow all of the rules for the property that we are using.  It is a privilege for us to be able to swim here (we have a permit from the ECHDC), and we do not want to lose that privilege by breaking the rules. For example, please do not park illegally in places that specifically say "No Parking."

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2.  You must wear a bright-colored swim cap, to make yourself more visible in the water.

3. You must pair up with at least one other member to ensure everyone's safety.  There are usually plenty of members swimming, so it's pretty easy to tag along with others that are swimming loops or lengths.

4. You must sign in prior to beginning the workout.

5. Please do not bring any alcohol to this site for consumption after the workout (and members will not be permitted to participate in the workout if they have been drinking before hand).  After the workout is over, members are encouraged to meet at a local establishment for refreshments.  Charlie's Boat House restaurant (formerly "Dug's Dive") is just 1.5 miles down the road from our swim site, and it is a popular post-swim hangout for BTC members.

6. As of 2019 you must be an active member of the club to participate in club events. There is no more $5 non-member option. This is due to changes with our USAT insurance.


Our swim schedule is subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.  Please be sure to check the BTC online calendar (as well as BTC email list, facebook page, etc) for any changes and cancellantions.  It is very rare for an event to be canceled in advance due to weather.  Cancellations due to weather may be made on site at the time that the event is scheduled to start.  Even though it might be raining at 5 pm where you are, it may be clear and sunny at the event site or vice versa!  We'll all do our best to provide advanced notice of event changes/cancellations but your cooperation and patience are also appreciated!