Summer activities at St. Joseph County Parks

Canoe, Kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard Season Open The 2018 Canoe, Kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard season opened at St. Patrick’s County Park in South Bend, IN on May 25, 2018.

Hours of operation are 11am-4pm, Friday-Sunday and holidays, through October 7, 2018. All vessels and equipment must be returned no later than 7pm (all hours are weather and river conditions permitting). Rental packages include shuttle service, paddles and required life jackets. Friday shuttles depart on the hour beginning at 11am. Stand Up Paddleboards and long canoe/kayak trips are not available on Fridays.

Canoe/kayak/SUP rental fees: single person kayak; $26 for short trip and $33 for long trip; canoe short trip $28 and long trip $35; SUP short trip only $25. Gate fees of $4/in-county vehicle and $5/out-of-county vehicle are in effect Friday-Sunday and Holidays.

Bring your family and friends out and paddle the beautiful St. Joseph River. This activity is also available for clubs, businesses and other groups. A discount is available for reservations of 10 or more canoes. Have your own vessel? We provide shuttle service for $10/vessel/per drop off or pick-up during shuttle operation. Beginners and families may also use our pond for practice and fun for $7/hour. Parental signature is required for renters under the age of 18. This activity is not recommended for children three years of age or younger.

Check out our Evening Paddle! Every Thursday, June-August. Departure times are 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00 pm. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure time to fill out necessary paperwork. The fee is $23/canoe or kayak, 2-hour limit (short trip only). Experience the St. Joseph River in the evening for a leisurely paddle. Not recommended for children 3 and under. All vessels must be off the water by 10 pm. For more information or to make reservations, please call 574-654-3155. School’s Out Archery, Fishing & Kayaking Summer break is right around the corner, what do you have planned for your kids? St. Joseph County Park staff is offering a mini day camp for kids ages 9-12 on Friday, June 8 from 12-4pm at St. Patrick’s County Park in South Bend.

Your child can enjoy an afternoon of outdoor activities on both land and water. Activities will include archery, fishing, kayaking and more. The cost is $10/child. For more information or to register, call 574/654-3155. Space is limited.

St. Patrick’s County Park to host “summer fling” program for families with preschoolers

Join us on Friday, June 22 from 10 am to 12 noon in the Brown Barn at St. Patrick’s County Park for a special morning of summer activities for children five and under.

Experience the best of the season with mud painting, mud pies, and giant bubbles. You can also dig in the dirt for treasures, hear a summer story, sample a tasty snack, and play on the playground!

Program fee: $5/family. Registration and payment are required by June 18. For more information, please call (574) 654-3155.

Park offers Summer Home School Adventure This June, the St. Joseph County Parks invite home school families to join us for a summer adventure. Experience the beginning of summer at the parks by learning a new skill – how to use a map and compass!

Start with a quick lesson on how to find your way in the woods, then use your new knowledge to follow a trail and gather clues. Put the clues together to solve a summer nature mystery, and make a souvenir button to celebrate! This program will take place on Thursday, June 21 from 10 am to 12 pm, at St. Patrick’s County Park’s Brown Barn.

The cost is $5.00 per child age five and older. Adults, and children four and under, are free. Adults must accompany children on the trail. Registration is required by June 18. To register, please call 574/654-3155.

St. Patrick’s County Park is located on Laurel Road in South Bend, IN.

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