St. Joseph, Indiana, US
|Usual Difficulty||II+ (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||30 fpm|
|Max Gradient||30 fpm|
A cement-lined whitewater course (run by South Bend Parks & Recreation) built in an old millrace on the east bank of the St.Joseph river at a large dam. There is about 12 feet of drop down its 1900' length, which (if it went a mile) would be around 30 foot per mile of drop. Fiberglass pylons and various partial-dams help create a series of whitewater features. All drops are small so it stays pretty fast all the way down. Each of the best play spots have an eddy, though most eddies are small and pulsing. Sidewalks and bridges all along the race allow spectators to see the whole course as well as providing boaters an easy walk to the top for repeat runs. Its a good place to learn skills for when you get a chance to hit real rivers. During the summer hours, just show up and pay your money (cash only!) to paddle one of the few places you can go and have rescue people ready to help you if you need it. There are lots of good paddlers at the race and most are more than willing to help out the new boaters if they want it.
The Race is open to the public weekends only during the summer months.
June 6th - August 9th
Saturdays 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sundays 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Rafting Fee: $5.00 per person, per ride. (Using park's provided rafts.)
Kayaking Fee: $15.00 per day (MUST SUPPLY ALL OWN EQUIPMENT)
Times listed are Eastern Daylight Time. Paddlers coming from Wisconsin and Illinois need to recognize this is a one-hour shift from Central Time.
Go to South Bend Parks - East Race for the current details.
There is also a club in town that can get access to the course a couple days midweek, as well as weekends during the 'offseason'. See groups.yahoo.com/group/erwwkc for more info. (You need to register as a member of the Yahoo!Group to read messages or see photos. There is no cost to do so. However, if you wish to actually join the club (not just the message board) and paddle the course with them (when it's not open to the public), there will be dues to pay and a waiver to sign. For 2015, these dues are $45, which include membership in ACA (for insurance purposes), which includes a subscription to Paddler magazine.)