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St. Joseph River - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip

Report Type: Day Trip Report
Trip Dates: June 2011
Nearest City: South Bend, IN
Difficulty: Easy
Submitted by: coffeecamel

Description:

South Bend Dam to Niles Dam
We put in at the steps across from the Century Center in downtown South Bend. We stopped at Darden Rd. bridge for a photo op - the river is really scenic in this section. We saw 6 deer in the water, numerous Herons, an Osprey with a fish in it's talons and a bald eagle.

Stopped at St. Patricks County Park for a bathroom break and quick snack. Got out right before the Niles Dam, a nice little park with parking.

Took us 3 hours and 10 minutes even with the stops. The current is pretty swift especially since we've had a lot of rain, so we just floated the majority of the time.
Nice trip with little other boat traffic.

Accommodations:

Numerous hotels in the South Bend area

Fees:

none

Directions:

Downtown South Bend across the river from Century center. There is a parking lot just haul your boats down the side walk to the steps along the river below the dam.Take out along Bond Street in Niles.

Resources:

"A Paddling Guide for the St. Joe River" by J.L. Souers


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