About the community
The Eau Claire Area is located in West Central Wisconsin and is comprised of the communities of Eau Claire, Altoona, Lake Hallie, Menomonie, and the town of Union. The natural beauty of this area enticed settlers to live near tall stands of timber and flowing rivers. The Chippewa Valley is home to rich history with legacies left by lumber barons, hard-working immigrants and persevering pioneers. In the area’s more recent history the Eau Claire Area has become a major visitor destination, regional center for education, retail, industry and professional services. In addition, the area features unique meeting accommodations from elegant ballrooms to rustic retreats.
The Eau Claire Area offers attractions from nature to performing arts. It is home to the Eau Claire, Red Cedar and Chippewa rivers, featuring scenic bluffs, waterfalls and overlooks. We also have apple orchards, pumpkin patches and Christmas tree farms. Nature abounds in the Chippewa Valley, from Beaver Creek Reserve, Lake Wissota State Park and the Ice Age Trail to our famous Cabin Ridge Rides. For the history buff, “Timber Trails” features the Chippewa Valley Museum, Paul Bunyan Logging Camp, Mabel Tainter Theater, Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum and Wilson Place Museum. Performing arts include The Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, Country Fest, Rock Fest, Country Jam USA, the Chippewa Valley Jazz Festival, and so much more!
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Winter: Winter Wonderland at its best - enjoy snowmobiling, ice fishing and a host of other outdoor fun including the Sliver Mine Ski Jump Invitation each January. The Chippewa Valley also has excellent shopping, and indoor entertainment facilities.
Spring: Spring bursts alive with activities at our 16 area golf courses and recreation trails, along with nature preserves for outdoor enthusiasts and bird watchers.
Summer: Outdoor and area festivals as well as music in the park throughout the week. We’ve got everything from music to history, arts/crafts and fairs.
Fall: It’s a kaleidoscope of colors. Journey into the scenic beauty. Visit an apple orchard or pumpkin patch or one of our many wineries. Shop at a country craft store or experience one of our bountiful fall festivals.