East Race Waterway

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5July 19, 2020All around great day. This activity is safe. Quick ride down the east race -- probably less than 5 minutes., but lots of fun. We had 4 adults in a raft and there was plenty of space. If you...Read More
1May 26, 2020You are risking your own life by going here. I am an adult woman and a pretty good swimmer and I literally almost died here. I got dumped out of the raft and got caught in the currents and absolutely...Read More
5January 3, 2020It is a very safe and fun thing to do with the family. My kids are now 12 and 15 and had a load of fun.Read More
Downtown South Bend
126 N Niles Ave, South Bend, IN 46617

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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 through August and for the first two Sundays in September.