St. Joseph Beach 


Phone: (574) 631-7645 • View on Campus Map

Beach Amenities

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
  • Restrooms

Summer 2017 Hours: May 29 – August 15


Standard Hours

Boat Rentals

Open Water Swim

Dog Days

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.


  • Wednesday, August 16 – Monday, September 4: As of August 16, St. Joseph Beach is closed for the 2017 season. We look forward to another great summer with you in 2018!

Boat Rentals

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.

Dog Days
M/W/F No Dog Days
T/TH 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
SAT & SUN 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Birthday Parties

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
  • Lifeguards
  • 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.