Support Environmental Education

The Plunge is our biggest fundraiser of the year, helping to fund our environmental education programs, including Kids in the Creek. Celebrating its 26th year, this multi-week program is a wonderful example of community partnership and support with the goal to educate, inspire, and engage the next generation of environmental leaders and stewards.

Location: Lake Junaluska Pool

Directions: 77 Memory Ln, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745

Funds will also support Haywood Waterways' many other community education activities that raise awareness of clean water and its values for agriculture, wildlife, recreation, the economy, and human health and well-being.

Register now to raise funds as an individual, a team, or support either through a donation!

Ways to Register or Support

  • As an individual
  • Start or join a Team
  • Donate to an Individual or Team to help them reach their goal
  • or Donate to HWA

Click the Register For this Event button to register as an individual, a new team, or join an existing team.

You can also do all of these options off-line. Contact Haywood Waterways for details (, 828-476-4667).





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Event Details

Event: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Registration: 10 to 11:30am

Plunge at 12pm

The depth of a plunge is a personal choice, from a dip of the toe to full immersion, jump off the side of the pool, or from the diving board, it doesn’t matter.

The cost is $35 to plunge, free for children 17 and under. Tickets to plunge will be available to purchase the day of the event; no pre purchase available before Feb 10th. Free entries are available for sponsors, see below for details.

Costumes welcomed and prizes awarded for best costumes, top individual fundraiser, and team fundraisers. All ages welcome and having fun is mandatory!

The event will happen rain or shine! Under age 18 will need parent’s permission and sign liability waiver; provided at the event during registration. 

Frequently Asked Questions

If my team donates via cash or checks, can I bring this amount to the event? 

Yes! We would ask you give us a heads up two days before the event (Feb 8th) so we can ensure your team or individual campaign is in the running for top prizes. We can also update your team page to account for cash or check donations, simply email us and we'll take care of it!

If I sign up to raise funds, does that count as an entry fee? 

Raising funds does not qualify for free entry, however sponsors do receive free entries for their organization; contact to inquire. Tickets to plunge will be made available at the event, no pre purchase tickets are available. 

Do I need to sign a waiver/liability form? 

Yes. All those who are plunging will be required to sign a waiver and liability form, which will be available to fill out and sign at the event. 
Children 17 and under will need their parent's permission to plunge and sign the form on their behalf. 

Haywood Waterways Association is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law (Tax ID: 56-2108874). Financial information and a copy of our license is available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2214; the license is not an endorsement by the State.