Postcard views of Notre Dame

 

Notre Dame's beautiful lakeside setting is evident in this view from St. Mary's Lake.

Notre Dame's beautiful lakeside setting is evident in this view from St. Mary's Lake.

The following description of St. Mary's Lake is from the excellent campus guide Notre Dame The Official Campus Guide by Damaine Vonada.

Of Notre Dame's two lakes, St. Mary's is the more park-like. It has fewer buildings, less trees, and more benches. In spring, this lake is the site of Fisher Hall's spirited regatta; in summer, people picnic on its banks; in winter, snowmen appear; and in the fall, the water turns a deep blue that brilliantly reflects the Golden Dome and Sacred Heart spire as well as the magic autumn hues. You can circumnavigate St. Mary's Lake via its footpaths all year long. When you do, you'll be treated to the sight of elegant swans gliding along the water, graceful old willows hugging the shore-line, the lovely statue of St. Therese "the Little Flower" on the bank above the north shore, and, if you're very lucky, a heron or two coming in for a landing. If you're not so lucky, you'll find the poison ivy.

LAND OF THE LAKES' GREAT VIEWS AND SPLENDID SIGHTS: From the west side of St. Marys Lake: Almost any locale along here yields exceptional views of the main campus, but the one from the extreme western tip of the lake really shows off the Basilica and Golden Dome.

 

 

 

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