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Ninth Annual SWIM the SNAKE Paddling and Open Water Swim Event Planned for August 13, 2022.

Online registration is now open.

LYONS FERRY—The ninth annual Swim the Snake event will be held at Lyons Ferry Marina and Lyons Ferry State Park on Saturday, August 13, 2022, beginning at 11 a.m.

Swim the Snake consists of a non-competitive, open-water swim and a two-stage, competitive (or non-competitive) kayak or paddleboard relay. The relay route is from Lyons Ferry Marina to Lyons Ferry State Park, across Lake Bryan on the Snake River. Upon arrival at Lyons Ferry State Park, paddlers can enter the water or tag-team with their “paired swimmer” and swim back to Lyons Ferry Marina.

The non-competitive, open water swim begins ten minutes after the last “paired swimmer” leaves the State Park. All participants are expected to be out of the river channel by 1:00 p.m. Better swimmers may return to the State Park upon arrival at the Marina, and transportation will be provided for those who wish only to swim the channel, 0.7 miles.

Online pre-registration is required and available at, including a link to a waiver of release of liability forms

Event information can be found at

Proceeds from the event support the Regional Youth Summer Swim Teams programs and the Blue Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council.

The cost is $33.67 per participant (including a $3.67 required registration fee). The fee includes a commemorative T-shirt (if ordered before August 4), a bottle of water, a required numbered swim cap, chilled melon slices at the end of the event, and transportation for swimmers back to the State Park following the swim.

Paddlers check in at Lyons Ferry Marina, and swimmers will check-in at Lyons Ferry State Park from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. All participants MUST sign a waiver for release of liability on the Eventbrite website or bring a signed copy to the event.

Rebecca’s Lodge, a local restaurant in Starbuck, will offer a $2.00 discount on food orders for those finishers who wear their commemorative T-shirts following the event. They also serve wine and beer; however, the discount does NOT apply to alcohol sales.

Participants parking at Lyons Ferry State Park must have one-day ($10.00/day) or annual Discover Pass ($30.00/year) authorizing parking within a Washington State Park. Participants may also call (509) 386-6021 or visit the website for additional event information.

Coast Guard Kennewick Auxiliary, Columbia, and Franklin County Sheriff’s patrols will be on the river with numerous volunteers, Washington State Parks, and US Army Corps of Engineers personnel to provide assistance and ensure participant safety.


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