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South Bend/Mishawaka Recreation

Who says you can't do it all?

Discover our incredible range of sports and recreation. Heart-racing water sports on the first artificial whitewater course in North America. Hiking, biking and canoeing in one of our four county parks. An up-close look at Indiana's natural beauty at local nature preserves. Not to mention the beautiful fairways of some of Indiana's best golf courses. Blackthorn Golf Club was recognized by Golfweek as the number one municipal course in the state of Indiana and number 42 in the country. Whip yourself into a sports frenzy with an exciting Notre Dame game or a baseball game with the South Bend Silver Hawks. Or test your luck and compete with friends and family for the perfect strike at one of South Bend's bowling centers. With so many fun things to do, there's always the perfect sport or recreation activity to entertain the bravest of adventurers in the greater South Bend area!

Bendix Woods County Park

195 acres. Featuring one of the best spring woodland wildflower displays in the region, this park is also home to the annual Sugar Camp Days Festival in March. Rentable picnic shelters, hiking trails, interpretive programs, and a large playground make ... Read more

T: 574-654-3155  W: View Web site

Blackthorn Golf Club

Ranked 4th best new public course in the country in 1994 by Golf Digest and   ranking by Chicagoland Golf in 2005, this 18 hole course will not disspoint with its 226 acres of heavliy wooded rolling terrain and premier customer service.

T: 574-232-4653  E: tim@blackthorngolf.com W: View Web site

Chamberlain Lake Nature Preserve

82.7 acres. This joint venture with the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources  offers 1.5 miles of trails through woods, fields and along Chamberlain Lake. Several rare and endangered plants can be found in the nature preserve. Recreational ... Read more

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Compton Family Ice Arena

Brand new ice arena featuring two sheets and home of the University of Notre Dame Irish Hockey team. Public skating is available, but varies with daily events and seasonal demand.

T: 574-631-1157  W: View Web site

Doe-Wah-Jacks Canoe and Kayak Rental

Kayak & canoe rental. A full service livery renting canoes, single & double kayaks on the Dowagiac river; 2, 4, and 6 hour trips available.  Open the first weekend May through the last weekend in October (all fair weather days). Visit website for ... Read more

T: 269-782-7140  E: info@paddledcri.com W: View Web site

East Race Waterway

Located in the heart of downtown South Bend on the east side of the St. Joseph River at the South Bend dam, the East Race Waterway is a one-of-a-kind recreational facility offering safe but exciting fun for all ages. The first artificial white water ... Read more

T: 574-233-6121  W: View Web site

Eberhart-Petro Municipal Golf Course

This 5,502 yard, 18 hole par 70 golf course with four river crossings provides avid golfers a round of golf along the peaceful, scenic St. Joseph River. The course also includes the Eberhart Pro Shop and snack bar. The Club House Hall is available for ... Read more

T: 574-255-5508  W: View Web site

Elbel Golf Course

This is an 18 hole public course, opened in 1964. Par is 72 for a 5,750-6,700 yard course.  Bent grass greens, bluegrass fairways and water hazards in play.  Putting green, sand & chipping area.

T: 574-271-9180  W: View Web site

Erskine Park Golf Club

This is an 18-hole public course, opened in 1925. Par is 70 for a 6,100 yard course.  Bent grass greens, tree-lined bluegrass fairways.  Beverage cart, snack bar and restaurant available. Bar with beer service on premises. Putting green, sand & ... Read more

T: 574-291-3216  W: View Web site

Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park

214 acres. One of the most popular features of this park is the 18-hole disc golf course and pro shop located within the gatehouse. An accessible platform on Lake Osceola is ideal for family outings and a large playground is fun for children to ... Read more

T: 574-674-9765  W: View Web site

George Wilson Park

Named for a popular high school coach, the park features excellent tubing and cross-country skiing capabilities in the winter months with a newly-expanded warming shelter that includes both furnace heat and a stone fireplace for keeping warm.

T: 574-258-1664  W: View Web site

Gymnastics Michiana

Offers gymnastics, dance, and martial arts classes in state-of-the-art facilities.

T: 574-256-0502  W: View Web site

Juday Creek Golf Course

Often viewed as one of the premier sites for golf outings, Juday Creek strives to do the most they can for their members and daily use customers, as well as to grow the game of Junior and Ladies Golf.

T: 574-277-4653  W: View Web site

Mary Gibbard Pool

This public swimming pool features a 60-foot water slide, a water basketball net and wading pool.

T: 574-258-1721  W: View Web site

Merrifield Complex

This park has it all! Sports buffs can play on the baseball diamonds, or football and soccer fields. Or you can cool off in the Olympic size swimming pool, complete with 160-foot water slide, wading pool and water umbrella. Not to mention the sand ... Read more

T: 574-258-1665  W: View Web site

Mishawaka Parks & Recreation Department

Mishawaka is blessed with 26 public parks, each with its own unique natural attributes. Some have swimming pools. Some have splash pads and playgrounds. Others boast river walks, boat launches, or beautiful golf courses. Whatever your interests, a ... Read more

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Notre Dame Golf Course

Located on the Southwest corner of campus, the Notre Dame Golf Course serves as the recreational 9-hole golf course for the community, as well as home to the varsity cross country team. Designed by Chuck Kelly and opened in 1929, the course was known ... Read more

T: 574-631-6425  W: View Web site

Potato Creek State Park

This State Park offers camping, cabins, fishing, boat rental, boat launch, beach, paved bike trail, hiking trails, mountain bike trail, bridle trails, horseman's campground, nature center, interpretive naturalist programs, picnicking, shelters, ... Read more

T: 574-656-8186  W: View Web site

South Bend Parks & Recreation Department

There is no shortage of parks and programs in South Bend. Countless trails, playgrounds, sports fields and picnic areas are ready for your family to enjoy!

T: 574-299-4768  W: View Web site

South Bend Silver Hawks

During the summer, there's nothing better than a South Bend Silver Hawks game, the Class A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Enjoy fireworks, fun giveaways, and hours of entertainment for the whole family! Check the website for the game schedule ... Read more

T: 574-235-9988  E: hawks@silverhawks.com W: View Web site

Spicer Lake Nature Preserve

320 acres. This state-dedicated nature preserve features kettle-hole lakes and wetlands abundant with rich plant life. Several state endangered plants and animals live here. Over 6 miles of trails and a quarter-mile boardwalk are ideal for bird ... Read more

T: 574-654-3155  W: View Web site

St. Joseph County 4-H Fairgrounds

Campground facilities available during events only including the St. Joseph County 4-H Fair. Services include electric, water and sewer/dump station plus modern restrooms and showers.

T: 574-291-4870  E: info@4hfair.com W: View Web site

St. Joseph County Parks

Your Place for outdoor family fun!  St. Joseph County Parks offers picnic shelters, hiking trails, playgrounds, canoe rentals, cross-country ski rentals/trails, and interpretive programs in Bendix Woods County Park, Spicer Lake Nature Preserve, ... Read more

T: 574-277-4828  E: stjosephcountyparks@sjcparks.org W: View Web site

St. Patrick's County Park

398 acres. With wooded trails, picnic shelters, hiking trails and a playground, this park is a popular destination for visitors from around the region. In winter, innertubing, cross-county ski rentals and groomed trails transform the park into winter ... Read more

T: 574-277-4828  W: View Web site

Studebaker Golf Course

Built in 1919, Studebaker is South Bend's oldest golf course. This course boasts 9-holes of bent grass greens and bluegrass with water hazzards, and is a Par 29 course measuring 1,900 yards. The course also offers a putting green, chipping area, and a ... Read more

T: 574-287-6634  W: View Web site

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of St. Joseph County

The 110,000 square-foot South Bend Kroc Center redefines what a community center is all about. This unprecedented place of gathering and enrichment houses an array of education, sports, faith, arts and supportive programs to deliver a world class ... Read more

T: 574-233-9471  E: sharon_Dutkowski@usc.salvationarmy.org W: View Web site

The Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame

An 18-hole course located on the campus of the Univeristy of Notre Dame.  This par 71 course will challenge your skills as well as refresh your soul.

T: 574-631-4653  W: View Web site

YMCA of Michiana Inc.

The YMCA offers fitness, well-being, youth development, and camp programs to people of all ages, incomes and abilities.

T: 574-287-9622  W: View Web site