The Eau Claire Area

image of students on bike trailWelcome to Eau Claire, where the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers meet, giving the city and surrounding countryside a distinctive beauty. Western Wisconsin's largest city, Eau Claire is located 90 miles/145 kilometers east of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. Named for its clear water, Eau Claire has a population of 65,000 people and is consistently ranked as one of the safest cities in the United States.

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Whether you're looking for natural beauty or shopping, Eau Claire has it all. Scenic rivers, lakes, parks and bike trails offer countless outdoor activities. Fantastic restaurants, vibrant cultural festivals and live music abound. Local shopping centers and medical facilities also attract locals and visitors alike. You can visit the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp, take in an art exhibit or theater production, catch a baseball game, listen to outdoor concerts at Phoenix or Owen Park, or just take a leisurely bike ride along the Chippewa River Trail.

No matter what your interests, Eau Claire has something special for you. If you'd like more information, the following links may help.

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Fast facts

  • City of Eau Claire population: 65,000
  • Eau Claire County population: 93,500 (metro. pop.: 151,000)
  • Area parks: 12
  • Bike trails: 4
  • Movie screens: 20 + 1 drive-in
  • Athletic and fitness clubs: 10
  • Performing arts venues: 10
  • Museums and galleries: 8
  • Restaurants: 250+
  • Coffee shops: 12
  • Bookstores: 6
  • Houses of worship: 72
  • Travel to Twin Cities: Approx. 1.5 hours

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