Best lakes in South Bend

Check out the top lakes in South Bend, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. The Stray Dog Bar & Grill
1. The Stray Dog Bar & Grill
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69 local reviews
245 N Whittaker St, New Buffalo
Closed · Opens 12:00 PM (noon)
+1 269-469-2727
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Andrew & Megan
Awesome rooftop area in the summer months -- classic American style food. Our favorites include blackened…
Tim
Sit upstairs on the rooftop deck, order anything from the menu - it's all delicious - and watch a majestic…
Laura
They have a 21 and older private deck where you can see the Lake and enjoy the great outdoors. Many of local…
1. The Stray Dog Bar & Grill
1. The Stray Dog Bar & Grill
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69 local reviews
245 N Whittaker St, New Buffalo
Closed · Opens 12:00 PM (noon)
+1 269-469-2727
Andrew & Megan
Andrew & Megan
Awesome rooftop area in the summer months -- classic American style food. Our favorites include blackened chicken pita, turkey club, and…
Tim
Tim
Sit upstairs on the rooftop deck, order anything from the menu - it's all delicious - and watch a majestic Lake Michigan sunset.
Laura
Laura
They have a 21 and older private deck where you can see the Lake and enjoy the great outdoors. Many of local beers on tap.
2. Warren Dunes State Park
2. Warren Dunes State Park
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57 local reviews
12032 Red Arrow Hwy, Sawyer
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 269-426-4013
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Lisa
Warren Dunes State Park is a 1,952 acre Michigan state park, located on the shore of Lake Michigan. The…
Winifred And Benjamin
Warren Dunes has three miles of shoreline, six miles of hiking trails and is open year-round. It also has a…
Jennifer
Have your beach day here! Complete with restrooms and a wide expanse along the lake. Hoof it to the top of the…
2. Warren Dunes State Park
2. Warren Dunes State Park
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57 local reviews
12032 Red Arrow Hwy, Sawyer
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 269-426-4013
Lisa
Lisa
Warren Dunes State Park is a 1,952 acre Michigan state park, located on the shore of Lake Michigan. The park's large sand dunes and …
Winifred And Benjamin
Winifred And Benjamin
Warren Dunes has three miles of shoreline, six miles of hiking trails and is open year-round. It also has a dune formation that rises 260…
Jennifer
Jennifer
Have your beach day here! Complete with restrooms and a wide expanse along the lake. Hoof it to the top of the dunes for the accomplishments…
3. Grand Mere State Park
3. Grand Mere State Park
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14 local reviews
Thornton Drive, Stevensville
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 269-426-4013
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Quinn
Less than 2 miles from our home, Grand Mere is the secluded choice for those that want to hike and see the…
Brian
A nearby state park that is buried in the woods--get thru them and you're in the park and on the Lake!
John
It is 600 acres of nature trails around sand dunes and lakes 10 minutes walk away.
3. Grand Mere State Park
3. Grand Mere State Park
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14 local reviews
Thornton Drive, Stevensville
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 269-426-4013
Quinn
Quinn
Less than 2 miles from our home, Grand Mere is the secluded choice for those that want to hike and see the amazing sand dunes of Lake…
Brian
Brian
A nearby state park that is buried in the woods--get thru them and you're in the park and on the Lake!
John
John
It is 600 acres of nature trails around sand dunes and lakes 10 minutes walk away.
4. WEKO BEACH PARK
4. WEKO BEACH PARK
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16 local reviews
5239 Lake Street, Bridgman
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
+1 269-465-3406
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Kregg
A great beach about 20 minutes north. Many say it's their favorite. Don't miss the playing of taps as the sun…
Brian
Bridgman's very own beach and beachhouse---walk straight down Lake Street, and you'll wind up on the beach!…
Patrick
Nice beach on Lake Michigan, only 20 minutes away. There is a dog walking trail as well.
4. WEKO BEACH PARK
4. WEKO BEACH PARK
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16 local reviews
5239 Lake Street, Bridgman
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
+1 269-465-3406
Kregg
Kregg
A great beach about 20 minutes north. Many say it's their favorite. Don't miss the playing of taps as the sun sinks into the Lake at sunset…
Brian
Brian
Bridgman's very own beach and beachhouse---walk straight down Lake Street, and you'll wind up on the beach! It's the main attraction in…
Patrick
Patrick
Nice beach on Lake Michigan, only 20 minutes away. There is a dog walking trail as well.
5. Warren Dunes State Park
5. Warren Dunes State Park
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26 local reviews
12032 Red Arrow Highway, Sawyer
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 269-426-4013
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Tom
Great place to explore Lake Michigan and its dunes. Beach just steps from parking, with concessions and…
Peter
Huge sand dunes on Lake Michigan, miles of beach, picnic areas.
John
Lots of big sand dunes and great views of Lake Michigan!
5. Warren Dunes State Park
5. Warren Dunes State Park
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26 local reviews
12032 Red Arrow Highway, Sawyer
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 269-426-4013
Tom
Tom
Great place to explore Lake Michigan and its dunes. Beach just steps from parking, with concessions and restrooms.
Peter
Peter
Huge sand dunes on Lake Michigan, miles of beach, picnic areas.
John
John
Lots of big sand dunes and great views of Lake Michigan!
6. University of Notre Dame
6. University of Notre Dame
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84 local reviews
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame
+1 574-631-5000
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Becky
Home of the Fighting Irish. A gorgeous campus...take a tour, visit the Grotto, walk by the lake, check out the…
Jennifer
Golden Dome. Touchdown Jesus. The Basilica. A stroll around Notre Dame is a must. We recommend taking a walk…
Michael
Go see the Golden Dome, Touchdown Jesus, but also the grotto. Take a walk through campus and around the lake.
6. University of Notre Dame
6. University of Notre Dame
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84 local reviews
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame
+1 574-631-5000
Becky
Becky
Home of the Fighting Irish. A gorgeous campus...take a tour, visit the Grotto, walk by the lake, check out the stadium and catch a game!…
Jennifer
Jennifer
Golden Dome. Touchdown Jesus. The Basilica. A stroll around Notre Dame is a must. We recommend taking a walk around the lakes!
Michael
Michael
Go see the Golden Dome, Touchdown Jesus, but also the grotto. Take a walk through campus and around the lake.
7. Vickers Theatre
7. Vickers Theatre
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36 local reviews
6 N Elm St, Three Oaks
Closed · Opens 5:30 PM
+1 269-756-3522
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Lynn
This is a boutique refurbished theater that shows independent and art house movies. It's quaint and a…
7. Vickers Theatre
7. Vickers Theatre
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36 local reviews
6 N Elm St, Three Oaks
Closed · Opens 5:30 PM
+1 269-756-3522
Lynn
Lynn
This is a boutique refurbished theater that shows independent and art house movies. It's quaint and a wonderful experience. It's about 50…
8. Potato Creek State Park
8. Potato Creek State Park
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13 local reviews
25601 Indiana 4, North Liberty
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
+1 574-656-8186
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Sara
Great hiking trails and fishing lake - 20 minutes south
Faye
Hiking trails. Open lake swimming.
8. Potato Creek State Park
8. Potato Creek State Park
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13 local reviews
25601 Indiana 4, North Liberty
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
+1 574-656-8186
Sara
Sara
Great hiking trails and fishing lake - 20 minutes south
Faye
Faye
Hiking trails. Open lake swimming.
9. New Buffalo Beach & Boat Ramp
9. New Buffalo Beach & Boat Ramp
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15 local reviews
200 Marquette Dr, New Buffalo
+1 269-469-1522
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Kregg
Our local beach. About a 5-minute walk. If you drive, parking is $12 and sparse. Can be nuts on weekends in…
Bobbie
The Great Lakes are so fun exploring and close to your stay at Walnut Grove. This one is just one hour away…
9. New Buffalo Beach & Boat Ramp
9. New Buffalo Beach & Boat Ramp
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15 local reviews
200 Marquette Dr, New Buffalo
+1 269-469-1522
Kregg
Kregg
Our local beach. About a 5-minute walk. If you drive, parking is $12 and sparse. Can be nuts on weekends in summer. Nice views of Lake…
Bobbie
Bobbie
The Great Lakes are so fun exploring and close to your stay at Walnut Grove. This one is just one hour away. You'll find shopping here too.
10. Flippin Cow
10. Flippin Cow
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2 local reviews
51330 State Rte 19, Elkhart
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
+1 574-266-0606
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Faye
Burger's galore. Located on the Marina at Simonton Lake. Water views available. $$
Bobby
A nearby restaurant with great burgers located on Simonton Lake.
10. Flippin Cow
10. Flippin Cow
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2 local reviews
51330 State Rte 19, Elkhart
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
+1 574-266-0606
Faye
Faye
Burger's galore. Located on the Marina at Simonton Lake. Water views available. $$
Bobby
Bobby
A nearby restaurant with great burgers located on Simonton Lake.
11. The Strand Brewery and Grill
11. The Strand Brewery and Grill
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4 local reviews
93415 Co Rd 690, Dowagiac
Closed · Opens Wednesday 4:00 PM
(269) 424-7500
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Gary & Laura
Great atmosphere, food, drinks and a beautiful view of the lake. Family friendly as well.
David
Fantastic atmosphere, great view of Round Lake. Nice menu if you're hungry.
11. The Strand Brewery and Grill
11. The Strand Brewery and Grill
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4 local reviews
93415 Co Rd 690, Dowagiac
Closed · Opens Wednesday 4:00 PM
(269) 424-7500
Gary & Laura
Gary & Laura
Great atmosphere, food, drinks and a beautiful view of the lake. Family friendly as well.
David
David
Fantastic atmosphere, great view of Round Lake. Nice menu if you're hungry.
12. Harbor Country Adventures
12. Harbor Country Adventures
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2 local reviews
35 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo
(269) 231-5867
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Jennifer
Wine & Brewery tours, lake tours, Sea Rocket adventures...this place covers it all!
John
Sight seeing, cruises on Lake Michigan.
12. Harbor Country Adventures
12. Harbor Country Adventures
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2 local reviews
35 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo
(269) 231-5867
Jennifer
Jennifer
Wine & Brewery tours, lake tours, Sea Rocket adventures...this place covers it all!
John
John
Sight seeing, cruises on Lake Michigan.