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Then, Now, and Always... The St. Joseph River Story

Then, Now, and Always... The St. Joseph River Story

Celebrate the St. Joe

Original Airdate

September 9th, 2021 at 8:00pm


River Events

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About The Documentary

WNIT tells the story of the St. Joseph River, including the people, history, and life along this storied river from Hillsdale to Lake Michigan. We celebrate how it has shaped the region and continues to be an integral part of our community.

WINNER PMA54 Public Media Awards Presented By NETA This program was awarded the 54th Public Media Award in the cultural feature category.

Learn and Partipate

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Celebrate the St. Joe

There are things happening all along the river, near your community. You can find places to learn about your communities and people by partipating in events.

Explore The River

Upcoming Events

Celebrate the St. Joe River by partipating in these events

Events Coming up soon:

  • Art video gallery exhibit at Hess Library

    Ongoing event

    Buchanan, MI

    Art video gallery exhibit at Hess Library

  • Walking History Loop partnership with Beacon Health & Aquatic Center and Elkhart City Parks.

    Ongoing event

    Elkhart, IN

    Ruthmere FREE Smartphone App - "History Hike for Fitness" - Walking History Loop partnership with Beacon Health & Aquatic Center and Elkhart City Parks. Loop crosses St. Joe twice.


Events By Town/Community:

  • Buchanan, MI

    • Art video gallery exhibit at Hess Library
      Ongoing event
      Art video gallery exhibit at Hess Library
  • Elkhart, IN

    • Walking History Loop partnership with Beacon Health & Aquatic Center and Elkhart City Parks.
      Ongoing event
      Ruthmere FREE Smartphone App - "History Hike for Fitness" - Walking History Loop partnership with Beacon Health & Aquatic Center and Elkhart City Parks. Loop crosses St. Joe twice.

Is your community hosting an event along or about the river? Please let us know about it.

Activities and resources

These are fun activities for the family to learn about the river:

Image of Activity: Fish and Plant Matching Game (Ages 6+)
Fish and Plant Matching Game (Ages 6+)
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Image of Activity: Let's Trade!  Fur Trade Barter Game (Ages 8+)
Let's Trade! Fur Trade Barter Game (Ages 8+)
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Image of Activity: Make Your Own Dip Net: Search for Tiny Creatures (Ages 7+)
Make Your Own Dip Net: Search for Tiny Creatures (Ages 7+)
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Image of Activity: Make Your Own River (Ages 6+)
Make Your Own River (Ages 6+)
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Image of Activity: River Critter Coloring Pages (All Ages)
River Critter Coloring Pages (All Ages)
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Image of Activity: Search the St. Joe: Nature Bingo along the River
Search the St. Joe: Nature Bingo along the River
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Image of Activity: St. Joseph River: Highway of the Past (Ages 6+)
St. Joseph River: Highway of the Past (Ages 6+)
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Image of Activity: Sycamores Shine! (Ages 4+)
Sycamores Shine! (Ages 4+)
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Community Photos

We invite you to share your photos of the St. Joeseph River. Here are of the photos submitted from the community:

Underwritten By


  • Pamela and Robby Rask
  • Bill and Kristin Fenech family and Barletta Boat Company
  • Community Foundation of Elkhart Cty - Grant
  • Larry and Janet Thompson (UW Music)
  • Linda and Bipin Doshi
  • Barbara and John Phair Foundation
  • Center for Hospice Care
  • Drive and Shine
  • Friends of the St. Joe River Association
  • Michigan Gateway Community Foundation
  • Stifel- The Elkhart Group
  • The Cascade Riverfront Development
  • Panzica Building Corporation
  • The Lauber Kitchen and Bar
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Karen and Mike Leep
  • Oaklawn Psychiatric Center
  • The Judd Leighton Foundation, Inc.
  • Van Horne Jewelers
  • Welter Foundation
  • Anderson, Agostino & Keller
  • Ann and Fred Dean
  • Boling Vision Center
  • Indiana Trust Wealth Management
  • James and Nancy Krzyzewski
  • Joyce and Roger Foley
  • Lynda B. Simon
  • Miller Poultry
  • Pfeifer, Morgan, and Stesiak
  • River Saint Joe
  • South Bend - Elkhart Audubon Society
  • Upper St. Joe River Rats
  • 1st Source Bank
  • Alick's Home Medical
  • Bruce and Linda Bancroft
  • Davis Disability Group
  • Dr. Michael Feltman
  • Electronics, Inc.
  • Elkhart Airport Aviation Commissioners
  • Elkhart Steel Service, Inc.
  • Foegley Landscape
  • Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame
  • K&M Machine-Fabricating, Inc.
  • Laven Insurance
  • Matthew Kahn and Janine Felder-Kahn
  • Pier 33 Marina
  • Ridgeway Floral
  • Simply Catering to You
  • South Bend Endodontics
  • St. Joseph River Association
  • The Jordanich Group
  • Dr. and Mrs. Ronald K. Downs, Dr. Patrick J. Viscardi and Dr. Lenora Viscardi, and The Centre, P.C.
  • Laborers' Local 645
  • City of Mishawaka
  • James and Carol Groves
  • Tom Myers
  • Donna and Mark Richter
  • Mr. Mrs. William Schmuhl
  • Elliott Law Office
  • Garden Patch Market
  • KC Tree Inc.
  • Lowry's Books & More
  • Lush Lighting
  • Maggie and Steve Goldberg
  • Mary Pat and Dick Nussbaum
  • Matthews, LLC
  • Mayor James Mueller
  • McGann Hay Funeral Home
  • Michiana Antique Mall
  • Navarre Hospitality Group
  • Redbud Insurance Services
  • River Bend Hose
  • Sheriff Bill Redman
  • South Bend Museum of Art
  • State Representative Maureen Bauer
  • Village of Berrien Springs