Lake Erie Swims

Time & Location

Wednesdays 5-7pm, starting in June, ending late September

Wilkeson Point - Buffalo Outer Harbor

225 Fuhrmann Blvd, Buffalo NY 14203

BTC COVID-19 Guidelines/Rules can be found here.


These weekly monitored swim workouts are coordinated and ran by Ethan Sasiela & other BTC volunteers. They are geared towards acclimating yourself to open water and to familiarize yourself with swimming continuously without a wall every 25/50 yards. Some members may also go for a run or bike ride along the public waterfront paths before or after the swim.

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. The BTC does not condone or endorse trespassing on this property for swimming outside of the terms of our permit.

Swimming Rules

  1. You must be a paid active member of the club to participate in club events. We cannot allow guests or any kind of 1-day option due to insurance reasons.

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

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

  4. Members are highly encouraged to buy a personal swim buoy to be seen better on the water and to help in the case of an emergency.

  5. 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.

  6. 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."

  7. 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.

Water Temperature

Lake temperature estimates can be found on various websites linked below. Temperatures are taken at various locations and depths and may not reflect the exact temperature at the swim site. We'll usually toss a thermometer in the water for a reading before each swim.

Weather & Cancellations

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 cancellations. 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!