For under $10 you can have a unique outdoor adventure, white water rafting in downtown South Bend, Indiana.
You can experience white water rafting DOWNTOWN
Yes, downtown! It’s a unique experience that’s definitely worth checking out!
East Race Waterway has class 2 rapids that visitors can test their skills with a taste of what it’s like to try whitewater rafting.
The East Raceway appeals to novices and more advanced kayakers who enjoy working on improving their skill set.
There are several bridges along the raceway where you can observe first.
What to Expect During a White Water Adventure at East Race Waterway
Your adventure starts by getting your raft and equipment and then carrying it over to the dock.
The size of your raft is determined by the size of your group.
The distance between where you pick up your raft and the dock is pretty short so you don’t have to worry about carrying it too far.
We received safety instructions before we took the plunge. The beginning area is very calm which changes pretty quickly.
There are lifeguards located strategically along the course in case you run into any problems. If you fall out of the raft, the water level is only 3-5 feet and you want to float on your back and travel feet first.
For stability purposes, we quickly learned that it was better if my husband sat in the raft vs. on the seat.
We absolutely LOVED our experience!!! We loved it so much that we knew our kids had to try this adventure with us.
Riders need to be the required height of 54” for rafting.
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult in the raft. The kids listened to the safety instructions and then we were on our way.
Our boys were tucked in the middle of the raft so that they felt more secure during their time on the waterway.
The kids LOVED the experience too!
Don’t forget to pack water shoes, towels, and a change of clothes for when you are finished.
The East Race Waterway is open late June to late August on weekends only from 12- 5 on Saturdays and 12-4 on Sunday.
How Much is White Water Rafting in Downtown South Bend?
- 1 Ride: $6
- 2 Rides: $10
- 3 Rides: $15
- Rafting Day Pass $20
*All equipment is provided and the price is per person.
**Check the website for current pricing
You can purchase your tickets online or in person.
*All day Kayakers must supply their own equipment.
You can find out more about how to have a whitewater rafting adventure downtown by checking out the East Race Waterway website.
Where is East Race Waterway Located?
The East Race Waterway is located at 126 South Niles Avenue
South Bend, IN 46617
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8 thoughts on “What You Need to Know About Whitewater Rafting in Downtown South Bend”
The raceway is about 1900 ft long and takes about 5 minutes.
how long is the ride rafting? Really just 5 minutes?
Marla- I hope you get to try it sometime. It was a lot of fun!
Nedra, I just noticed this blog post on the Visit South Bend facebook page, you were in my territory. I live about 35 minutes from there and have watched many a people kayack down those rapids. Looks cool – so awesome you tried it. Wished I had known I would have loved to have watched. Great post.
Thanks for reading the blog. I hope you get to try the Whitewater rafting downtown. It’s a great experience!
Love, love, love this…how cool to do Whitewater rafting in the middle of a city. It looks so much fun! Been enjoying your blog and having a read around 🙂