Eau Claire


Quick Facts

Place Type


Administrative Entity

Eau Claire County

Time Zone


Area Codes



240.0 meters


89.579141 square kilometers

FIPS 55-3 Code




US National Archive Codes


Twin Cities


Coordinates Latitude: 44.811349 Longitude: -91.4984941

Demographics & Economic Data

Median Age
Number Of Companies
Percent High School Grad Or Higher
Total Housing Units
Median Household Income
Foreign Born Population
Percent Below Poverty Level



Period High F° Low F° High C° Low C°
January 23 5 4.8 14.8
February 29 10 1.7 12.3
March 41 22 5.1 5.8
April 58 34 14.3 1.2
May 70 45 21 7.4
June 79 55 25.9 12.9
July 83 60 28.3 15.7
August 80 58 26.8 14.6
September 71 49 21.9 9.4
October 58 37 14.4 2.7
November 41 24 5.2 4.2
December 27 11 2.7 11.9
Annual Avg. 55 34.2 12.8 1.2


Period Inch mm
January 0.91 23
February 0.83 21
March 1.73 44
April 2.76 70
May 3.46 88
June 4.13 105
July 60 15.7
August 58 14.6
September 49 9.4
October 37 2.7
November 24 4.2
December 11 11.9
Annual 31.02 788





Eau Claire (pronounced: O'Clare, French for clear water) is a city of about 62,000 in Northwest Wisconsin.

Name origin

Eau Claire took its name from Eau Claire County. "Eau Claire" is the singular form of the original French name, "Eaux Claires", meaning "Clear Waters", for the Eau Claire River. According to local legend, the river was so named because early French explorers journeying down the rain-muddied Chippewa River, happened upon the Eau Claire River, excitedly exclaiming "Voici l'eau claire!" ("Here is the clear water!"), the city motto, which appears on the city seal.


Eau Claire is located at 44°49′N 91°30′W, (44.8146, −91.4927) approximately 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. The city is located on the northern fringes of the Driftless Zone.
The city was founded near the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers as three separate settlements. The main section of downtown is on the site of the original village, where Stephen McCann, in partnership with J. C. Thomas, put up three buildings in 1845. Although these structures were erected to establish a claim to the land they stood on, the McCann family moved into one of them and became the first permanent settlers. West Eau Claire, founded in 1856, was across the river near the present-day county courthouse, and incorporated in 1872. Between a mile and a half and two miles downstream, the Daniel Shaw & Co. lumber company founded Shawtown, beyond the west end of what is now the Water Street historic district. Shawtown was annexed to the city of Eau Claire by the 1930s. By the 1950s, the entire city had spread far enough to the east to adjoin Altoona.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 34.14 square miles (88.42 km2), of which 32.04 square miles (82.98 km2) is land and 2.10 square miles (5.44 km2) is water.The terrain of the city is characterized by the river valleys, with steep slopes leading from the center to the eastern and southern sections of the city. The lands into which the urban area is currently expanding are increasingly hilly.
There are two lakes in the city, Dells Pond, and Half Moon Lake. Dells Pond is a reservoir created by a hydroelectric dam, and was formerly used as a holding pool for logs. Half Moon Lake is an oxbow lake created as part of the former course of the Chippewa River.


In the Köppen climate classification, Eau Claire is classified as Dfa/Dfb borderline, usually termed as the subtype of warm, sometimes hot, summer. Its climate is due to its latitude and interior location in North America. The average annual temperature is only 46 °F (8 °C). Although the extremes exceed 110 °F (43 °C) upwards and −40 °F, which demonstrates the four well-defined seasons of the year, with severe winters generally colder than the winters of European Russia south of Moscow at a much lower latitude. The amount of annual snowfall (47") exceeds the amount of annual rainfall (31"), the total precipitation is greater than other major cities in Wisconsin such as Milwaukee and Madison. July has an average temperature of 71.6 °F (22.0 °C) and January an average of 14.4 °F (−9.8 °C), where temperatures below freezing point can remain for a long duration.


As of 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $36,399, and the median income for a family was $49,320. Males had a median income of $32,503 versus $23,418 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,230. About 5.5% of families and 13.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.4% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.
As of the most recent census, the Eau Claire County portion had a population of 63,902 inhabitants, while the Chippewa County portion was 1,981 inhabitants.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 65,883 people, 26,803 households, and 14,293 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,056.3 inhabitants per square mile (793.9/km2). There were 28,134 housing units at an average density of 878.1 per square mile (339.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.4% White, 1.1% African American, 0.5% Native American, 4.6% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population.
There were 26,803 households of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.6% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 46.7% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.89.
The median age in the city was 29.8 years. 19.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 22.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.2% were from 25 to 44; 21.7% were from 45 to 64; and 11.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.
As of 2010, there were 1,981 persons within the city limits in Chippewa County and 63,902 in Eau Claire County for a total of 65,883.

Metropolitan area

Together with surrounding communities, the Eau Claire metropolitan area is home to 114,483 people, according to the 2000 census. The city forms the core of the United States Census Bureau's Eau Claire Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Eau Claire and Chippewa Counties (composite 2000 population: 148,337). Together with the Menomonie Micropolitan Statistical Area (which includes all of Dunn County) to the west, the Eau Claire metropolitan area, forms the Census Bureau's Eau Claire-Menomonie Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a consolidated 2000 population of 188,195. 2004 population estimates place the two-county Eau Claire-Chippewa Falls metropolitan population at 155,680, and the expanded Eau Claire-Menomonie CMSA population at 197,417.

Hmong population

As of 2008, Hmong Americans were the largest ethnic minority in Eau Claire. Jenna Christian, Pa Sia Low Moua, and Ingolf Vogeler, the authors of "The Cultural Landscape of the Hmong in Eau Claire, Wisconsin," wrote that the Hmong are also the city's "most visible ethnic group".In 2008 there were 1,566 Hmong people in Eau Claire County, While the Hmong population is numerically smaller in Eau Claire County compared to Milwaukee, the Hmong have a higher percentage of the population in Eau Claire County, and Christian, Moua, and Vogeler wrote that "the Hmong stand out more singularly as an ethnic minority than they do in metropolitan areas like Milwaukee, which is already more racially and culturally diverse." The majority of the county's Hmong live in the city of Eau Claire. In select Eau Claire neighborhoods, up to 30% of the residents are Hmong.As of 2008, 80% of the vendors at the local farmers' market are Hmong.


In November 1909 a movement to change the city government from the aldermanic to the commission form was launched by the West Side Boosters, the forerunners of the Water Street, Eau Claire Business Men. The campaign that preceded the February 15 election was a heated one. Local rallies and mass meetings were held. The 20 members of the common council were about equally split about the change. The final vote was 1867 for change and 995 against.
Since switching from a mayoral system in 1948, Eau Claire has had a city manager-city council form of government. The city council is a non-partisan 11-member governing council consisting of five members elected from aldermanic districts in odd-numbered years, five members elected at-large in even-numbered years, and an elected city council president, elected at-large in odd-numbered years.The council's legislative meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Public hearings are held on the Monday evenings before legislative sessions. All meetings are held in the City Council Chambers at City Hall in downtown Eau Claire. Meetings are televised live on public-access television channel 97 and digital cable channel 994 and simulcast on radio station WRFP 101.9 FM.Eau Claire is represented by Ron Kind (D) in the United States House of Representatives, and by Ron Johnson (R) and Tammy Baldwin (D) in the United States Senate. Terry Moulton (R) and Kathleen Vinehout (D) represent Eau Claire in the Wisconsin State Senate, and Kathy Bernier (R), Dana Wachs (D), and Warren Petryk (R) in the Wisconsin State Assembly.



Eau Claire is served by the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport (KEAU).

Mass transit

Eau Claire Transit bus lines


Eau Claire is served by both the Greyhound bus line (Milwaukee to Minneapolis, via I-94), and Jefferson Lines Bus service (Green Bay to Minneapolis, via Hwy 29 to I-94).

Major highways

Eau Claire is located on freight rail lines owned by the Union Pacific Railroad, formerly owned by the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway (Omaha Road), and later part of the Chicago and North Western Railway. C&NW operated passenger trains from Chicago through Eau Claire to the Twin Cities area until 1963 when the Twin Cities 400 ended service. Passenger rail service to Eau Claire is seen as critical by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Wisconsin Department of Transportation, and they plan to return trains to the city by 2030.


Eau Claire schools are part of the Eau Claire Area School District.The city has two public high schools: Memorial High School and North High School; and two public charter high schools: McKinley Charter School and Technology Charter School. Eau Claire also has two private high schools: Catholic Regis High School and Immanuel Lutheran High School.
Eau Claire is home to two public colleges (University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley Technical College) and two private colleges (Immanuel Lutheran College and a campus of Globe University/Minnesota School of Business).
There are 13 elementary schools, and 3 middle schools in the Eau Claire Area School District. Including Chippewa Valley Montessori Charter School, which was founded in 2002, and follows the teaching of Maria Montessori.

Health care

Mayo Clinic Health Care System has a family medicine residency program in Eau Claire.
Eau Claire also had two other major hospitals, including HSHS Sacred Heart, and Marshfield Clinic Hospitals.


The Episcopal Diocese of Eau Claire is headquartered in the city. Its mother church is Christ Church Cathedral. The city is also located within the Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse and is home to Sacred Heart Church and St. Patrick's Church. Additionally, Community House, First Congregational Church, First Methodist Episcopal Church and the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd are located in Eau Claire.

Eau Claire is home to several religious denominations:

Apostolic Faith – 1 congregation
Assemblies of God – 2 congregations
Baptist – 8 churches variously unaffiliated (including 1 SBC congregation)
Catholic – 5 parishes
Church of Christ, Scientist (Christian Science) – 1 congregation
Church of Christ and a non-institutional congregations
Episcopalian – 1 congregation (The Episcopal Diocese of Eau Claire has its see in Eau Claire.)
Hmong Christian Alliance – 1 congregation
Islam – 1 mosque located in Altoona, WI – The Islamic Society of Northern Wisconsin Mosque or Altoona Masjid
Jehovah's Witness – 2 congregations (both of which share the same Kingdom Hall)
Judaism – 1 synagogue
Lutheran – about 20 congregations representing the following:
Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS)
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America
Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS)
Church of the Lutheran Confession (CLC)
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS)
Methodist – 4 congregations (one of which is located in nearby Altoona)
Lake Street United Methodist Church
Mennonite Church USA – 1 congregation meeting two Sundays per month
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – 1 congregation
Nazarene – 1 congregation
Pentecostal – about 10 variously affiliated congregations
Presbyterianism – 2 congregations
Society of Friends (Quakers) – 1 congregation
Salvation Army – 1 congregation
Unitarian Universalist – 1 congregation
United Church of Christ – 3 congregations
Unity School of Christianity – 1 congregation
Wesleyan Church – 1 congregation

Media and entertainment

Print media

The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram has a daily circulation of 26,901 during the week and a circulation rate of 38,824 for the Sunday paper. Volume One is a biweekly magazine published with a circulation of 15,000 and an estimated readership of 45,000


Nielson Market Research lists Eau Claire/La Crosse as the 127th largest television market area.




Performing arts

Eau Claire has a modest but active theater community. Although no professional theater groups make their home in the region, amateur and community theaters have a significant presence; the most visible of these are the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild (CVTG) and the Eau Claire Children's Theatre (ECCT). In addition, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has a robust theatre program, and traveling professional shows frequently make stops in the city. The Kjer Theatre and the Pablo Center at the Confluence are the primary indoor performing arts venues, although both CVTG and ECCT have recently established their own independent venues, in 2006 and 2010 respectively.


There are several large parks in the city: Owen Park, along the Chippewa River, home to a large bandshell where open-air concerts are held throughout the summer; Putnam Park, which follows the course of Putnam Creek and Little Niagara Creek east from the UWEC campus; Carson Park, situated in the middle of an oxbow lake; and Phoenix Park on the site of the old Phoenix Steel plant at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa River. Phoenix Park is the host of a weekly farmers market and open-air concerts during summer months. Riverview Park is also a common summer swimming destination, as well as one of the local boat landings. This park includes picnicking areas and grills, as well as public restrooms.
The City of Eau Claire also operates Fairfax public pool, and Hobbs Municipal Ice Center, an indoor ice center.
Eau Claire is at the head of the Chippewa River State Trail, a biking and recreation trail that follows the lower course of the Chippewa River.



Eau Claire has three amateur baseball teams. The Eau Claire Express are a team that plays in the Northwoods League, an NCAA-sanctioned summer baseball league. Their home games are played at Carson Park. The Eau Claire Cavaliers, also plays home games at Carson Park. The Eau Claire Bears play in the Chippewa River Baseball League. Also, three of Eau Claire's High Schools have baseball teams. Eau Claire North H.S. won the 2011 state championship. Eau Claire also has a large youth baseball program including a summer parks and recreation league, Little League (Nationals, American,Lowes Creek and Seymour). Eau Claire Little League teams have twice won the state championship (1998 Eau Claire Americans and 2012 Eau Claire Nationals) and advanced to Regional play in Indianapolis, IN. A Babe Ruth League (13- to 18-year-olds) which won State Tournaments at ages 13, 14 and 15 in 2012. Those Teams all went on to win 3rd place at their Regional Tournaments.


Eau Claire Curling Club has been around for over 50 years.


The Chippewa Valley Predators football compete in the Northern Elite Football League, play their home games at Carson Park. Their team was established in 2001.

Roller Derby

Established in 2009, The Chippewa Valley Roller Girls (CVRG) represent Eau Claire and the surrounding Chippewa Valley region. CVRG, a WFTDA League member, is Eau Claire's original all-female flat track roller derby league. It is a non-profit organization managed and operated by the skaters via an elected board of directors and skater-led committees.


Eau Claire United is a competitive youth soccer team competing in the MYSA. Every summer, Eau Claire United hosts a soccer tournament that brings around 100 teams to the community.


The U.S. National Kubb Championship is held in Eau Claire annually. The Eau Claire Kubb League operates kubb league year round.


America's Promise named the city as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People in 2007. Eau Claire was among the first Tree Cities in Wisconsin, having been recognized as such since 1980.

Notable people

See also

Category:People from Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Notable University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire graduates

Sister cities

Eau Claire is sistered with the following towns:

Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
Miramar, Costa Rica


Get in

By bus

1 Greyhound, 6251 Truax Lane (off Hwy 12/312 near I-94 exit 59), ☎ +1 715 874-6966. Eau Claire is served by Greyhound services from Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Chicago. The bus "terminal" is inside a McDonald's restaurant at the far northwestern outskirts of town, so you will need to hire a taxi from there to your accommodations unless you feel like walking 7 miles to downtown.

By car

Eau Claire is on Interstate 94 and U.S. Highway 53 and is 90 miles (145 km) east of the Twin Cities.

By plane

2 Chippewa Valley Regional Airport (EAU IATA). Is a public airport on the north side of town. Most U.S. destinations are available within 2-3 hours of transfer. As of March 2010 service is available to Chicago O'Hare with several flights each day. Alternatively, you can fly into Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP IATA) and take the shuttle service to Eau Claire:

Chippewa Valley Airport Service, 6204 Chuck Lane. The terminal in Eau Claire is in the northwestern part of town, across the street from the Greyhound terminal.

Get around

Like most U.S. cities of its size, all Eau Claire offers by the way of mass transit is a relatively anemic municipal bus system. The buses have bike racks.
The downtown and Water Street areas, and most of the University academic buildings, are located within a river valley. Other parts of the town are located on higher ground. Walking and biking is an option in and between downtown, Water Street, and the University lower campus. However, for most folks (particularly in the winter) travel to other parts of the city will be by auto, taxi, or bus.


Chippewa Valley Museum (located next to the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp in Carson Park), ☎ +1 715-834-7871, e-mail: [email protected] Award-winning exhibits, beautifully preserved historic structures on the grounds, fun activities, a working turn-of-the-century ice cream parlor, and more.
Idea Gardens, 5530 Fairview Dr. (at Eau Claire County Expo Center, across from Action City). Presented by Eau Claire Master Gardeners and UW-Extension.
Paul Bunyan Logging Camp (located next to the Chippewa Valley Museum in Carson Park). A museum.
Schlegelmilch-McDaniel House (downtown).
Waldemer Ager house.

Nearby towns

Chippewa Moraine Interpretive Center, New Auburn, Wisconsin (7 miles (11 km) east of New Auburn and 1.9 miles (3 km) east of State Highway 40 on County Highway M). Glacial history - exhibits, videos, live and stuffed animals.
Crystal Cave, Spring Valley, Wisconsin (about 45 miles (72 km) west of Eau Claire).
National Eagle Center, Wabasha, Minnesota (about 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Eau Claire), ☎ +1 651-565-4989. Daily 10AM-5PM.
Leinenkugel Brewery, 1 Jefferson Avenue, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729-1318 (about 15 miles north of Eau Claire), ☎ +1 715-726-0346. Daily 9AM-5PM. Free.


For a fairly complete listing of current events, pick up a copy of Volume One, a free magazine available at more than 200 locations throughout the area. Another listing can be found in the Thursday edition of the local Eau Claire Leader-Telegram newspaper.


1 Chaos Water Park. - located in Eau Claire
Action City. Indoor/outdoor amusement center, including a climbing wall, arcade, laser tag, go karts, mini bowling, bumper cars, and mini golf.
Cinema Cameo Budget (downtown).
London Square.
Oakwood Mall 12.L.E. Phillips Planetarium, Phillips Hall on UW-Eau Claire Campus.
Ski Sprites. Water ski shows offered in the summer months.
Wise Nature Center, Fall Creek, Wisconsin (Highway 12 east to Fall Creek (about 12 miles, 19 km), then north on County Road K (about 4 miles, 6 km)). Hands-on learning stations, interpretive displays of local fauna and flora, live animal exhibits, and a butterfly house.

The arts

State Theater. Plays, musical performances, occasional headline acts.
Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, 102 W. Grand Ave.
Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra, 316 Eau Claire St.. Performances at the State Theatre
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Theatre and Arts, Haas Fine Arts Building, 121 Water Street.

Younger children

Children's Museum (downtown).
Chippewa Valley Railroad (located in Carson Park).
Eau Claire Children's Theatre, 1814 Oxford Avenue (West Madison Avenue, north on First Ave).
See also the Fairfax Pool listing in the "Recreation" section below, and the Crystal Cave and Wise Nature Center listings in the Northwest Wisconsin article.

Festivals and events

These listings are presented in chronological order.

Sawdust City Days, Carson Park. A family festival. Third weekend in June.
U.S. National Kubb Championship. The largest kubb tournament in North America. Held in mid-July.
Country Jam. A country music festival. Third weekend in July.
Summerfest (downtown). Celebration of the 1950s and 60s featuring food, live music, chalk art, and classic cars. Fourth Saturday in July.
Pioneer Days, ☎ +1 715-834-5983. Tractor pulls, antique cars, steam engines, etc. Second weekend in August.
Western Wisconsin Pride, Riverview Park. A family (traditional and otherwise) festival. Third weekend in August.
Festival in the Pines, Carson Park. A family festival. Fourth weekend in August.
International Fall Festival (downtown). Third Saturday in September. Bazaar, performances, and parade.
Coalition Blues Festival, ☎ +1 715-577-4197. Third Saturday in September. 11am-8pm. Free.

Nearby festivals

Chippewa Valley Renaissance Faire, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin (North of Eau Claire off Hwy 129). Mid-May to Mid-June: daily 10AM-6PM. Jousting, juggling, comedy, minstrels, magic, stage shows and more! You’ll find gourmet delights and entertainment fit for a king! Our artisan village is filled with merchants offering pottery, stained glass, jewelry, costumes & finery and other handmade wares. Plenty of fun for the wee ones too!
CountryFest, Cadott, Wisconsin (about 24 miles (36 km)) northwest of Eau Claire). A country music festival held in the fourth weekend in June.
Rockfest, Cadott, Wisconsin (about 24 miles (36 km) northwest of Eau Claire). A rock music festival held in the third weekend in July.
Village of Terror, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin (North of Eau Claire off Hwy 129). 5PM-11PM. Magic, music, mayhem & more. Unlimited carnival rides every night. One price for all attractions. Friday and Saturday nights late Sep-late Oct.


City Parks. Eau Claire has many city parks. Carson Park is in the center on the city, surrounded by an oxbow lake. Home to Eau Claire baseball and football teams, Chippewa Valley Museum, Chippewa Valley Railroad, and Paul Bunyan Camp. Phoenix Park is the newest park at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers. It is home to the Eau Claire Downtown Farmer's Market and features free concerts on Thursday evenings in the summer. Other city parks include Mount Simon, Rod & Gun, Boyd, Owen, and Riverview.
Bowling. Two public bowling alleys: Wagner's (South Hastings Way, East side) and Bowlwinkles (North Clairemont Ave, West Side).
Chippewa River State Trail (trail head is located at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers in downtown Eau Claire). Bicycling, walking, running, in-line skating, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Connects to the Red Cedar Trail to the south, and planned expansion will link it to Chippewa Falls to the north, and eventually to the Old Abe State Trail.
Disc golf. Three courses, one in town at Mount Simon City Park, another just a few miles east of Eau Claire at the Tower Ridge Recreation Area, and the final located an North Star Middle School.
Fairfax Pool. The facility includes a main pool with zero depth entry and an olympic size, eight lane, 50 meter swimming area. A stationary waterslide, 22 feet high with a flume extending 150 feet, is one of the main attractions of the pool. The pool also features a "Raindrop" in the zero depth area of the pool. A separate diving well includes both a one meter and a three meter diving board. Also located on the grounds are a sand volleyball court, a concession stand, and a covered pavilion.
Golf. Six public courses. Pine Meadows (Par 3 course), Mill Run, Wild Ridge, Lake Hallie Golf, Hickory Hills (a few miles south of town, on Hwy 93), Princeton Valley Golf. Two private clubs, Hillcrest Country Club and the Eau Claire Country Club (both in nearby Altoona)
Riverside Bike & Skate, 937 Water Street (at the end of the Water Street district), ☎ +1 715-835-0088. Offers rental bicycles, canoes, kayaks, rollerblades, child trailers, and ice skates. It also offers one to four hour canoe and kayak trips on the Eau Claire or Chippewa Rivers.


Chippewa Valley Predators. Great Plains Football League (April - August).
Eau Claire Cavaliers. Wisconsin State Baseball League(May - August).
Eau Claire Express. Northwoods League Baseball (May - August).
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Athletics. Collegiate sports events.


Oakwood Mall (south of town near the intersection of Interstate 94 and Highway 53). The Oakwood Mall commercial area includes Target, Walmart, and Best Buy stores.
Water Street District. Small shops primarily catering to the nearby University population.

Farmers' markets

Downtown Farmers Market (downtown). May: Sa 7:30AM-1PM; Jun-Oct: W & Sa 7:30AM-1PM, Th 1PM-5PM.
Festival Foods Farmers Market, 3007 Mall Dr, ☎ +1 715 838-1000. May-Oct: Su 7AM-2PM.
Oakwood Mall Farmers Market, ☎ +1 715 878-4328. mid-June through late October: W & Sa 7:30AM-1PM.
Winter Farmers Market. Nov-Apr: second Saturday of the month, 9AM-12:30PM.


Eau Claire has its share of the usual chains. For more unique dining try:


Ray's Place, 838 Water Street St. Hot beefs and hot ham sandwiches, and Ray's hot horseradish mustard.
Acoustic Cafe, Barstow St. Coffee house and sandwich shop.
Dessert First, 210 S Barstow St, ☎ +1 715 833-8440. M-F 7:30AM-5PM, Sa 8:30AM-3PM. Bakery and cafe.
Grand Avenue Cafe, W Grand Ave (Near the courthouse). Coffee house and cafe. Sidewalk seating available.
Houligans, S Barstow St. Steak and seafood. Upscale casual. $10-30.

Oakwood Mall Area

Northwoods Brewpub, 3560 Oakwood Mall Dr, ☎ +1 715 552-0510. Eau Claire's only brewpub. 10 beers and seasonal brews crafted on the premises. Norske Nook food and pies.
Hmong Noodle Wrap, 3509 Gateway Dr, ☎ +1 715 552-0525.

Upper Campus Area

Randy's Family Diner.
Shanghai Bistro. Chinese and Japanese (sushi and sashimi.)
Sweetwaters. Upscale casual.

Water Street

El Patio, Water Street. Mexican food.
Mona Lisa's, 428 Water Street, ☎ +1 715 839-8969. Tu-Sa 4PM. Upscale casual contemporary Italian and Mediterranean $12-40.
The Nucleus. Th-Su 8AM-2PM. Casual. Serving breakfast (until closing on weekends) and lunch. Unique variety of sweet and savory breakfasts, including daily varieties of quiche.


Draganetti's Ristorante, Clairemont Ave at Hwy 53, ☎ +1 715 834-9234. M-Sa from 4PM. Italian cuisine. Patio seating available.
Mike's Smokehouse, 2235 North Clairemont Ave (Near Westridge Center), ☎ +1 715 834-8153. M-Th 11AM-9PM; F Sa 11AM-9:30PM. Barbeque.
Monkey in the Middle Pizza Co., 2402 Lorch Ave (inside Action City amusement center).
Olympic Flame, London Road. Gyros and a few other Greek specialties. A long time Eau Claire favorite.
Tokyo, London Road. Japanese. Dinner is grilled at the table. Lunch is table service from the kitchen.

Nearby restaurants

For restaurants near Eau Claire click here.

Coffee houses

The Coffee Grounds, Hwy 93 (Across from the Saturn dealership), ☎ +1 715 834-1733. Coffee roasted on the premises. Sandwiches. Also sell bulk coffee, craft beers, wine, fine spirits, teas, chocolate, gourmet foods. Walk-in cigar humidor. Outdoor seating available.
The Goat Coffee House, 408 Water St. Sidewalk seating available.
The Living Room Coffee House & Drive Thru, 2006 Cameron St (off the Clairemont intersection), ☎ +1 715 831-0245. M-Th 5:30AM-6PM, F 5:30AM-9PM, Sa 7AM-5PM.
Racy D'Lene's Very Coffee House, 404 Riverside Dr (Just off Water St). Behind the Nucleus Cafe (connected), faces the Chippewa River and bike trail. Outdoor bench seating available.
Seattle Pride, Brackett Avenue (Upper East Side). Locally owned. Drive up window.
Coffee Traders International, South Hastings Way (In the East Ridge Center). Coffee roasted on the premises. Live music on some Friday nights.
Gloria Jeans, Oakwood Mall and at Menards West (2 locations).
Seattle's Best Cafe (Inside Borders bookstore, near Oakwood Mall).
Starbuck's, Located in Target, one on Hastings Way, one on Clairemont Ave (near Shopko) (3 locations). Drive up at Hastings Way and Clairemont Ave locations



The Mousetrap, S Barstow St. Live music.
Clancy's Irish Pub, 414 S Barstow St.

Water Street

The primary bar scene in Eau Claire is on Water Street, near the University lower campus. There are 10-15 bars within a few blocks. Highlights include:

Stella's Red Room near downtown
Dooley's Irish Pub (Corner of 5th & Water, on the ground of the former Camaradarie). Food available. Private room available.
The Joynt.
Mogie's Pub. Burgers and Chicken Wings, and other food available.
Brother's Pub.
The Pioneer.
The Brat Kabin.

Upper West Side

Tailgates Sports Bar, North Clairemont Ave (Across from Bowlwinkle's Bowling). Food menu. Outdoor sand volleyball court. Patio seating available. Live music on weekends.

South Side/Upper Campus Area

O'Learys Pub, West Clairemont Ave. Live music on weekends.



Green Tree Inn and Suites.

Upper Campus Area

Days Inn.
Exel Inn. Closest to campus. Budget.
Hampton Inn.
Holiday Inn, 2703 Craig Road, ☎ +1 715 835-2211.
The Plaza.


Antlers Lodge.
Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel and Suites, 3340 Mondovi Road (South of the upper campus area.), ☎ +1 715 838-9989. Easy access to the Chippewa River State Trail.
Econo Lodge.

Bed & Breakfast

Otter Creek.

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Augusta, Wisconsin.
Altoona, Wisconsin.
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, is about 12 miles (19 km) to the north.
Menomonie, Wisconsin, is about 24 miles (38 km) to the west.
The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul in Minnesota are about 90 miles (145 km) to the west.


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