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One pass good for two rides
down the East Race.
One pass good for one ride down the East Race.
One pass good for three rides down the East Race.
Experience an urban thrill unlike any other in the heart of downtown South Bend.
Kayak Day Pass
For those who bring their own kayaks: Unlimited rides down the East Race for the whole day.
Unlimited rides down the East Race for the whole day.
Rafting Day Pass
Season Pass
Good for the entire 2022 East Race season.
Purchase your passes online in advance or day of onsite. No group pricing at this time.
*Passes are per person and cannot be transferred or shared. 
Season Pass
Good for the entire 2022 East Race season.
"I get to Notre Dame a few times per year, and have always wanted to do this. Finally I had some weekend time to burn and man I was not disappointed. This was an awesome adventure and a cant beat price! Highly recommend!" - Jason B.
"This experience is unforgettable! No where else offers this experience in their downtown - whitewater rafting within a couple of blocks of a local food co-op, hotels, coffee shops, and fine dining. A fun way to take a break from the everyday, team up, get a little wet, and see South Bend from a new perspective. PLUS: affordable, fun, and easy to access." - 1KOB
Everything you need to know before heading to the East Race
  • 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 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 Parking lot as well as street parking along Niles Ave.
// History of the East Race Waterway //
The East Race Waterway was the first of it's kind in the world as the first manmade whitewater rafting course in North America. 

The Civil-War era channel was once a thriving industrial beacon in South Bend. When the industry died, so did the importance for the channel. The East Race was soon after abandoned and filled in to its surrounding land. 

When construction completed of the course in 1984, the race was filled with it's channels which it has overcome over the years. Since then, the East Race has served as a catalyst for development along the east bank. 

As the only course in the Midwest, the East Race Waterway continues to draw thousands each year to appreciate the whitewater experience close to home. 
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126 South Niles Ave.
South Bend, IN 46617
In the East Bank Emporium Parking Lot
Saturdays: 12pm - 5pm
Sundays: 12pm - 4pm

Questions? Give us a call at 574-299-4765.