An urban thrill unlike any other in the heart of downtown South Bend

Located in 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 Saturdays (Noon – 5:00PM) and Sundays (Noon – 4:00PM) from June – August and the first two Sundays in September.

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Know Before You Go

  • Required height for rafting is 54″.
  • Children under the age of 16 that meet the 54” requirement need to be accompanied by an adult in the raft.
  • Rubber soled shoes with heel strap are required. Flip flops and sharp jewelry/objects are not permitted.
  • All equipment is provided.
  • The East Race runs at a Class 2 rafting and is 1,900 feet. (Class Two: Some rough water, maybe some rocks, small drops, might require maneuvering.)
  • It takes approximately 5 minutes at a moderate speed to travel down the East Race Waterway.
  • We offer 3 different sized rafts: a two-person raft, four-person raft, and a five-six-person raft.
  • It is recommended you bring an extra set of clothes and towels – you will get wet! Note: There are no changing rooms, but a handicap accessible portable restroom is available along with an outdoor rinse shower.
  • Kayakers are welcome on the East Race, but must supply their own equipment.
  • PARKING: Parking is available in the East Bank Emporium parking lot as well as street parking along Niles Ave.

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