East Race Waterway

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While the East Race Waterway is known for its whitewater course suited for both beginners & the advanced, it's also a multiple park system that includes playgrounds, picnic facilities, and more than five miles of paved and lighted walking/running paths along the St. Joseph River for easy viewing of all waterway activities.

The location also has a fish ladder with seasonal viewing of Chinook salmon and steelhead trout.

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

East Race FAQ

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 270,000 people have enjoyed the East Race Waterway since opening in 1984.

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.

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