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NEKOWSA – Swimming the Kingdom

NEKOWSA – 2021 Swims

A full year of swimming in the legendary lakes of the

Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the Eastern Townships of Quebec

hosted by

Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association and Kingdom Games.

Data Base of All NEKOWSA open water swims 2009 thru 2017



Good Shit Swims – A list of other sister swims that will knock your socks off.

Our NEKOWSA swims are challenging to the best and accessible to all. They are held in some of the great fresh water venues in the Americas.  They 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.   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 2020 and we don’t wait until the ice melts to get our season underway.


February 27th, 2021 – Virtual Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival25, 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.  Fee: $185 to $325 depending on the number of events.  Capped at 110.


The following is a list of our summer swims.

July 24 (or 25), 2021 –  Twelth Annual Kingdom Swim 25 km, Border Buster, 10 mile, 10 km, 5 km, 1 mile swims for adults and youth, plus ¼ mile and 100 yard swims for youth.   This year we will be the venue of the 2021 USMS Ultra Marathon Distance (10 Mile) Open Water National Championship.  Join us Friday evening before the swim for our  Swimmers and Yackers pasta dinner under the tents at The EastSide Restaurant. Prices vary depending on the distance. Cap of 250 covering all distances.

August 7 thru 15, 2021 NEK Swim Week  9 Days –8 Lakes – 46 Miles – 4 Marathons.  Crystal, Island Pond, Massawippi, Seymour, Echo, Memphremagog, Willoughby, Caspian. Swim one lake or up to all eight .  A Short YouTube on the Week

Memphre Lexie

July, August and September In Search of Memphre.  We are offering several 3 day windows to support those who want to join The Search in 2020.  Fee for 2020 is $2,450 for boat and pilot, if you provide a crew member.  $2.950 if we provide your crew.


All fees paid are non-refundable. We do allow participants to transfer their fees to another event in the same year or to apply 50% to an event in the following year, providing that the election is made more than 30 days prior to the event.


Become a friend of NEKOWSA and support our efforts to continue to bring open water swimming to the lakes of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

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NEKOWSA is a division of Kingdom Games, Inc. which hosts a series of over 25 days of running, biking, swimming, kayaking, 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