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St. Joseph County Parks

Your Place for Outdoor Family Fun!
Bendix WoodsFerrettie/BaugoCrone Restoration AreaLaSalle TrailSpicer LakeSt. Patrick'sAnderson RoadChamberlain Lake
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Leisure Activities

Canoe, Kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard the St. Joseph River

  • Fri-Sun and Holidays, through October 4
    Closed Mon-Thurs (except holidays)
  • St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn
  • 11am to 4pm
    (Long trip rental ends at 2pm); Vessels must be returned no later than 7pm.
  • 1-person kayak: $20 short trip and $27 long trip
    Stand Up Paddleboards: $25 short trip only (not available on Fridays)
    Canoe short trip: $25 up to 4 hours
    Canoe long trip: $32 up to 5 hours (not available on Fridays)
    Shuttle service for your own vessel: $7 during regular operations
    Plus gate fee

Get your family and friends together and canoe the beautiful St. Joseph River! Also a great idea for clubs, businesses and groups of all ages! Packages include shuttle service, canoes, paddles and required life jackets. Parental signature required for renters under the age of 18. Not recommended for children 3 years of age or younger. Limited kayak and SUP rentals available. Need five or more canoes? No problem, call ahead to reserve a caravan of canoes at least ten days prior to your trip. Have your own vessel? We provide shuttle service for $7 during shuttle operations. Beginners and families may also use our pond for practice and fun for $7/hour


Evening Canoe Paddle

  • Every Thursday June-August
  • Departure times: 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 pm
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure time to fill out necessary paperwork.
  • Fee: $15/canoe, 2 hour limit.

Experience the St. Joseph River in the evening for a leisurely 4.5 mile paddle. Canoes are limited and not recommended for children 3 years and under. Fee includes shuttle, canoe, paddles and required life jackets. All canoes must be off the water by 10 pm.

Beginner Canoe and Kayak Lessons

  • When: Saturday, June 7, Sunday, July 26 and Saturday, August 22
  • Site: St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn
  • Time: 9am to 12:30pm
  • Fee: $15/person per session

Join certified instructor Ted Beatty for a basic canoe/kayak lesson including safety, paddling strokes, loading/unloading and transporting a canoe/kayak. Fee includes gate fee and use of canoe/kayak, paddle and life jacket. Registration and payment are required three days before program date.

Disc Golf

  • Open daily
  • Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park
    Pro Shop located in Gate House
  • Course open 10am to park closing,
    Pro Shop hours vary
  • Daily pass: $4/adult; $3/youth (15 and under)
    Annual pass: $30/adult; $20/youth (15 and under)
  • Annual gate/disc golf combo pass: $50

Bring your friends! Bring your family! See what disc golf is all about. Check out the Pro Shop for all your disc golfing needs. We carry INNOVA disc golf bags and a great selection of INNOVA discs, including tie-dyed discs!

Disc Golf 


Disc Golf Lessons

  • Sunday, June 21, 1 to 3pm
  • Sunday, July 12, 10am
  • Sunday, August 23, 10am

Come to the Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park Disc Golf Course for a FREE disc golf lesson! Open to anyone who is just curious about the sport, and to beginners who want tips to improve their game. Receive one-on-one instruction and guided play on the course. Discs provided.

Archery Lessons

  • When: Wednesdays, June 24, July 29 and August 26
  • Site: St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn
  • Time: 6 to 8pm
  • Fee: $10/person per session
  • Ages 12 & up, accompanied by adult

Join a local archery instructor for archery lessons. Get hands-on experience with all the equipment and enjoy a personalized shooting lesson. Registration and payment are required two days before program date.

Fall Fun Hayrides

  • Mon-Fri, Sept. 8-Oct. 30
  • Bendix Woods County Park
  • $125/up to 30 participants
    $150/31-60 participants

Packages include a leisurely hayride, access to the prairie maze and a picnic site. Also included is a themed one-hour interpretive program (choose between Lovely Leaves, Fall Animals or Scales and Slime). Reservations are confirmed only when payment is received.

Innertubing Parties

Think snow! Reservations open November 5 for private winter innertubing parties at St. Patrick’s and Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Parks. For more information or to make a reservation call St. Joseph County Parks at 574/277-4828. To print off registration information click here.

Group Hayride Reservations

Evening Hayrides for Private Parties

Reservations for two-hour day or evening private party hayrides are available Wednesday - Sunday, September 30th through November 1st.  Beginning times are 1pm, 3:30pm, 6pm or 8:30pm.  The fee for private party hayrides is $110.00 for up to 80 people.  The fee includes tractor-drawn hayrides and a campfire at the hayride site. A picnic shelter or building is NOT included. However, on a limited basis, and with an additional fee, you can rent a nearby shelter or building. To print off reservation information click here. For more information or to make a reservation call 574/654-3155.

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