Rafting/Kayaking FAQ

What is the white water scale rating of the East Race? 
The East Race runs at a 2 rating during recreational rafting and kayaking hours.

How long is the East Race Waterway? 
1,900 feet

How long does it take to go down the East Race? 
Approximately 5 minutes at a moderate speed.

Who helped build the East Race? 
The South Bend engineering firm of Lawson & Fisher Associates, John Fisher Head Engineer.

How long did it take to build? 
Two years.

How much did it cost to build? 
$5 million with a $1 million grant and $4 million in local bonds.

When did the East Race open? 
Approximately 400,000 people have enjoyed the East Race Waterway since opening in 1984.

What is the flow speed of the East Race? 
The East Race normally runs at a flow of 450 – 500 cubic feet per second.

Will I get wet? Yes, it is recommended that you bring an extra set of clothes (e.g. socks, shorts, t-shirt, shoes) and towels. An old pair of shoes is recommended.

Are there changing rooms at the East Race? No, but a handicap accessible restroom facility is available along with an outdoor rinse shower.

What are elements on site? 

  • Restrooms: Available in the Emporium Building
  • Picnic Tables: Eight tables, two tables on pads
  • Length: 3.1 miles of connected walkways.
  • Bandshell/Ampitheatre: One

Is there a place to rent kayaks? No, kayakers must supply own equipment.

Is there a kayak club? Yes, please contact Jason Tharp for more information.

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