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East Race Waterway
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1August 10, 2019This place has great potential. No other white water rafting near Chicagoland! However they do not give any instructions on rafting, there is NO guide. So it is a recipe for disaster for the...Read More
5July 8, 2019Despite receiving great instructions, my two sons went overboard two-thirds through the course and I soon followed. My adult sons grabbed ropes thrown to them. I continued down the course a ways...Read More
5September 1, 2018This is a hidden gem. Beautiful hiking / running along the path that runs along the waterway. Also a wonderful spot for kayaking.Read More
Downtown South Bend
126 N Niles Ave, South Bend, IN 46617
574.233.6121

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Located in the heart of downtown South Bend, the East Race Waterway is a one-of-a-kind recreational facility.  As the first artificial white water course in North America, its rapids rival those of the Colorado River and can generate waves up to six feet or higher.  It is approximately 2,000 feet long with a total fall of about 12 feet depending on the flow of the river.  The water level can be controlled via three headgates and the placement of obstacles that create whitewater turbulence from novice to professional levels. The banks of the East Race offer more than five miles of paved and lighted walking/running paths along the scenic St. Joseph River.  The East Race is open weekend hours from June - August and the first two Sundays in September.