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Swim Report – August 27, 2016 – Late Summer Chops

Five of us met out at L1 on Saturday morning at the tail end of a thunderstorm. There was some lightning on the eastern horizon, so we had to wait a half hour before getting into the water. But we were pleasantly surprised when we did! The official temperature came at a uniform... Read More


Swim Report – August 20, 2016 – Air Show Swim

The Air and Water show weekend is always a gamble when it comes to swimming. L1 is usually too congested, and the city sometimes shuts down the area altogether. But everything was A OK at 5:30am! Given the overcast skies and later sunrise time, it was rather dark at 5:30am.... Read More


Swim Report – August 6, 2016 – Summer Reunion

The dog days of summer always seem to bring out larger crowds – including Lake Monsters who we haven’t seen in a while. And this was most certainly the case on Saturday! The heat wave from earlier in the week brought the lake temperature up to 74.5F. While this... Read More


Swim Report – July 30, 2016 – Early Morning Fury

Twas a rough one out at L1 on Saturday morning! A steady wind from the northeast gave us 3 – 5 foot swells and rather spirited chops, making the swim quite a test to both new and seasoned swimmers. However, the lake came in at a fiery 72F, so the only real challenge... Read More


Swim Report – July 23, 2016 – WGN Edition

Saturday morning was a real scorcher, with the air temperature already coming in at a sultry 80F at 4:30am. But that didn’t keep people from making it out to world famous L1! I had set the meetup time for 5:30am, but sunrise didn’t officially happen until about seven... Read More


Swim Report – July 16, 2016 – High Summer

After a slight dip in the water temperature earlier in the week, the lake came in at an almost perfect 68F on Saturday morning. And the later swim start time of 5:30am brought more new faces out to L1! Now that the days are getting shorter, I no longer have to settle for bad... Read More

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