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.