St. Joseph Beach
Phone: (574) 631-7645 • View on Campus Map
Located on Notre Dame’s own St. Joseph Lake, St. Joseph Beach is sure to provide plenty of summer fun for Notre Dame students, faculty, staff, and their families. Come see what it's all about!
- Sandy beach
- Planked pier for sunbathing
- Summer canoe, kayak, and paddleboat rental
- Stand-up paddleboard instruction and rental
- Water toys
Seasonal Hours (Memorial Day - Labor Day)
Open Water Swim
|M/W/F||Noon – 7:00 p.m.||1:00 – 5:00 p.m.||Noon – 1:00 p.m.||No Dog Days|
|T/TH||Noon – 7:00 p.m.||Noon – 5:00 p.m.||5:00 – 6:30 p.m.||7:00 – 9:00 p.m.|
|SAT & SUN||Noon – 7:00 p.m.||Noon – 5:00 p.m.||No Open Water Swim||9:00 – 11:30 a.m.|
UPCOMING ST. JOSEPH BEACH CLOSURES
- Wednesday, August 26 – St. Joseph Beach will close at 4:45 p.m.
- Saturday, August 5 – There will be no Dog Days.
RecSports has a variety of boat rentals available for use during our hours of operation. Lifejackets are provided and must be worn at all times. Only RecSports boats are authorized on St. Joseph Lake.
|Paddleboats||Stand-up paddleboards (includes instruction if desired)|
Open Water Distance Swim
Open water distance swimming is available during designated hours during the week. This is open swimming on the lake in a designated swim zone outside of the regular swim zone. A lifeguard will be available to make sure swimmers stay on course. A swim cap is required for participation. There may be a wait time to swim due to capacity.
Open Water Swim Times
|M/W/F||Noon - 1:00 p.m.|
|T/TH||5:00 - 6:30 p.m.|
|SAT & SUN||No Open Water Swim|
Dog Days of Summer
Dogs get some time at the beach! See schedule for hours. All owners must sign a waiver before participating. Owners are responsible for their dogs at all times.
|M/W/F||No Dog Days|
|T/TH||7:00 – 9:00 p.m.|
|SAT & SUN||9:00 – 11:30 a.m.|
Book your child's birthday party at the St. Joseph Beach this summer! Birthday Party rates are $50 plus tax and include:
- 2 hours
- 20 children
- 1 free boat rental (kayak, canoe, or paddleboat)
- A reserved section of the beach for your party
- Indoor space for temporary storage
- Tables and chairs
- Sand toys and games
Additional children are $5/child. Longer party times available for additional charge. For more information, or to make your reservation, please contact the Aquatics Coordinator at (574) 631-2856.
Risk Management Lightning Policy
In accordance with RecSports risk management policy, St. Joseph Beach will close for 30 minutes if there is a reported lightning strike within a 10 mile radius. This call will by made by the St. Joseph Beach aquatics staff. In the case of inclement weather, please contact the St. Joseph Beach Boathouse at (574) 631-7645.