Canoe and Kayak Fun on the St. Joseph River!

Youth Pond Race

Children ages 12 and under can 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

Duathlon

The duathlon consists of two sport activities: trail running and paddling. Participants can choose whether to enter solo or as a two-person team. The duathlon starts at 9:40 a.m. All racers should arrive by 8:00am to register or pick up boat numbers, and for a mandatory race meeting at 8:30. 3 … Continue reading

Marathon

The Marathon will begin at 9:00 a.m. (EDT). All racers should arrive by 8:00am to register or pick up boat numbers, and for a mandatory race meeting at 8:30.  This 16 mile Marathon is a tough race designed for experienced marathon paddlers. The course is on a challenging part of … 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. All racers should arrive by 8:00am to register or pick up boat numbers, and for a mandatory race meeting at 8:30. The course starts at St. Pat’s … Continue reading

Fun Race

The 2 mile Fun Race will start at 9:40 a.m. (EDT) All racers should arrive by 8:00am to register or pick up boat numbers, and for a mandatory race meeting at 8:30. It’s a perfect event for families and friends. Bring your own boat or use one of St. Pat’s. The … Continue reading

Paddlefest 2018 on June 24th

Registration now open for 2018!

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 southbendpaddlefest@gmail.com.

Paddlefest is supported by our sponsors and by Michiana Watershed, Inc. and St. Joseph County Parks.