Canoe and Kayak Fun on the St. Joseph River!

Youth Pond Race

Children ages 12 and under will compete in kayaks (provided on-site) on the little pond right next to the Brown Barn at St. Pat’s. Races will begin at 9:15 a.m. (EDT) and are divided by age groups: 11-12 yrs. 9-10 yrs. 7-8 yrs. 5-6 yrs. No experience is needed. Children … Continue reading


The duathlon consists of two sport activities: trail running and paddling. Participants can choose whether to enter solo or as a two-person team. 3 Mile (approximately) Trail Run. Duathletes start the duathlon with the ~3 mile trail run. They will finish their run and head immediately to their boats staged … Continue reading


The Marathon will begin at 9:00 a.m. (EDT). This 16 mile Marathon is a tough race designed for experienced marathon paddlers. The course is on a challenging part of the St. Joseph River and will include two portages at St. Pat’s Park. There are strong current, boils, converging currents, and … Continue reading

Half Marathon

The Half-Marathon will be a ~8 mile loop race starting and finishing at St. Pat’s Park. This race will start at 9:20 a.m. EDT. The course starts at St. Pat’s and goes south (upstream) to the Darden Rd. Bridge. The paddlers come north (downstream), past St. Pat’s, to the Bertrand … Continue reading

Fun Race

The 2 mile Fun Race will start at 9:40 a.m. (EDT)(This is the same time as Michigan and Ohio, one hour ahead of Chicago ) It’s a perfect event for families and friends. Bring your own boat or use one of St. Pat’s. The Fun Race will start after the … Continue reading

Paddlefest 2015 on June 28th

Check out 2014 pictures here!

South Bend’s Paddlefest is a canoe and kayak event held each year on the last Sunday in June. Paddlefest promotes family recreation on the river, canoe and kayak racing, and the health of Michiana’s greatest natural resource, the St. Joseph River. Events are geared for youth and recreational paddlers as well as serious racers. Explore our website for more information, or contact us at Paddlefest is supported by our sponsors and by Michiana Watershed, Inc. and St. Joseph County Parks.