(based on NOAA buoy and weather station readings)
(based on NOAA satellite scans of the top 1mm of water)
(link to wunderground.com)
(link to niagaracounty.com)
Weekly supervised swims, every SUNDAY (except as noted on our calendar) at 8:30am, starting on Sunday June 12th for 2016 (depending on water temperature). We also have the BTC Ontario Scenario and pot luck picnic scheduled at this site on Saturday June 18th.
Check the BTC online calendar for the complete schedule
Warning: the BTC does not condone or endorse swimming in Lake Ontario alone. It is never wise to swim anywhere alone so please always have someone with you or to watch you.
David & Jennifer Cronkhite. The swims start at 8:30am. The water is normally crystal clear, and the depth of the water gradually increases as you go out further from shore. Everyone tends to swim back and forth, parallel to the shore. If you are uncomfortable in open water you can stay closer to the shore so that you can touch bottom. Lake Ontario is known to sometimes "upwell", moving cold water from the bottom up to the surface, which may result in an unexpected swim cancellation. Be sure to check our BTC online calendar, and watch our facebook group and email blasts. A primary cause of upwelling is strong winds blowing across the lake from the West.
Directions: The swims take place in Youngstown, right next to Fourmile Creek State Park. The address is "Dietz Rd, Youngstown, NY 14174". There is room to park and also a place to lock up bicycles.
Please make sure you take precautions to secure your property while you are in the lake swimming. For example, if you ride your bicycle to the swim site you should take precautions to lock up your bicycle and secure your other items in someone's car.
You may also want to bring a pair of sandals or some protection for your feet on the short walk from the parking area to the lake.
BTC Swimming Rules: