NEKOWSA – Swimming the Kingdom

NEKOWSA – 2016 Swims

A full summer of swimming in the legendary lakes of the

Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the Eastern Townships of Quebec



All of our NEKOWSA swims are challenging and totally fun.  They are held in awesome venues and are well supported and safety conscious swims for all abilities, young and old alike.  Our swimmers have ranged in age from 4 years old to 78 year’s old.  Except for the two Monster Swims, we offer four divisions, Skins, Wet Suits, Adaptive and Canine.  We welcome swimmers with challenges who need (or simply like) to use flippers or other adaptive devices such as snorkels.

The Daily News of Open Water Swimming has selected Lake Memphremagog and Lake Willoughby as two of the 50 great open water swimming venues in all of the Americas.  In doing so it noted, “[T]he clarity and tranquility of the lakes [of the Northeast Kingdom] rival any in North America…. [They are] geological aquatic marvels.”  Kingdom Swim has been selected as one of the top 100 swims in the world.  Willoughby Swim and In Search of Memphre have made the list of the top 100 swims in the USA.

Enough already, here’s what we got in 2016.


March 5th & 6th, 2016 – Memphremagog Winter Swimming Championships25, 50, 100, and 200 meter swims in a two lane 25 meter pool, cut in the ice out by The EastSide Restaurant, in Newport, Vermont.


June 18 and 25, 2015:  Son of a Swim –  2, 4,and 6 mile swims in Lake Memphremagog.  (Can be used as a qualifier for Kingdom Swim)(Cap of 10 on each swim)

July 30, 2015 – Eighth Annual Kingdom Swim15 mile,10 mile, 6 mile, 3 mile, 1 mile swims for adults and youth, plus ¼ mile and 100 yard swims for youth.  On Lake Memphremagog, Kingdom Swim 2016 will be the venue of the USMS National 10 Mile Championships as well asthe World 10 Mile Open Water Championship sanctioned by the World Open Water Swimming Association.  Join us Friday evening before the swim for a great pasta dinner under the tents.  No Lanes-No Lines-No Limits!

August 5, 2016 – Sixth Annual Seymour Swim –  3.5 mile and 1.75 mile swimming only option but also part of Kingdom Triathlon. We figured, while we had the buoys up we might as well invite swimmers to join us in one of the most pristine lakes in The Americas.

9 Days –8 Lakes – 45 Miles – 4 Marathons
No Lanes – No Lines – No Bouys
August 13 through 21, 2015

Swim one day or up to all eight

with the option of shorter swims on each day

August 13, 2016 – Crystal Swim – Swim to the cliffs, hang a right, swim to Moose Rock, cross the lake to the railroad tracks, head north back to Crystal State Beach. 5 miles +/- in a spring-fed marvel.

August 14, 2016 – Island Pond Swim – From the Public Dock, swim around the island, on to Brighton State Beach, run the sand and swim back 4 miles +/-

August 15, 2016 – Echo Lake Swim – Swim the perimeter once for 6 K or twice for 12 K.  Echo Lake is the most pristine lake of the week, although Crystal, Caspian, Seymour, and Willoughby are right in the mix and Memphremagog and Massawippi are not far behind. Marathon Swim #1

August 16, 2016 – Lake Seymour – Enter at the state beach on Route 111, swim to Wolf’s Point, then on to the dam across the lake, back to Dave Anderson’s Boat House by One Mile Road  and back to the beach. 6.2 miles +/- Marathon Swim #2

August 17, 2016– Lake Massawippi – Ayers Cliff, QC –  Meet the Mayor and swim the length of the lake between Ayer’s Cliff and North Hatley (9 miles +/-) Or swim to Blueberry Point and return. Marathon Swim #3. Bring your passport

August 18 2016– Lake Memphremagog – From The Clubhous around Bell and Black Islands, to The Slash (the border) at Province Island, east for a mile right along the international border to Eagle Point, past Cove Island on your way back to The Clubhous (6.2 miles) Marathon Swim #4.

August 20, 2016 – Sixth Annual Willoughby Swim – A no-nonsense, 5 mile swim on one of the most majestic and pristine, glacially carved lakes in the Americas.

August 21, 2016 – Caspian Swim – 3 miles to Bathtub Rock and back or 1.5 miles to The Rock, Caspian is a hidden jewel.  Just a great way to end a great week of open water swimming.


August 27, 2016 – Echo Lake Road Race & Swim – We are back at Echo for this stage triathlon with running in the morning, biking mid day,  and a delicious 1 and 3 mile swim late in the afternoon.  We fell in love with this lake, its surroundings, and its Lake Dwellers this summer.  Very glad to spend some time running, biking and swimming it as summer winds down.


September 10, 2016 – In Search of Memphre VI – An epic 25 mile, cold water “expeditionary” swim the length of Lake Memphremagog between Newport, VT and Magog, QC. To search for our legendary and swimmer friendly lake creature – To promote a more open border with our Canadian friends and family members

October 8, 2016 – Georgeville or Bust – A 15 mile, international, cold water swim between Newport, VT and Georgeville, QC.  Water temps guaranteed to be below 60 F or your money back.  The search continues with this one.



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NEKOWSA is a division of Kingdom Games, Inc. which hosts a series of over 40 days of running, biking, swimming, triathlon, kayaking, pond hockey, speed skating and Nordic skating events.

Phil White, Director, Kingdom Games, Inc., 649 Sunset Acres, PO Box 310 Newport, VT 05855.   Tel: 802-249-9100; or