Chippewa River State Trail - Phoenix Park, Eau Claire Trail Head

In Eau Claire, the trailhead for the Chippewa River State Trail is located in Phoenix Park at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers. The trail runs south thirty miles to Durand. The first eleven miles (to Caryville) are paved. Trail habitats change from urban woodland and grassland to agriculture to hardwood and floodplain forest. High above the trail, Cormorants, Turkey Vultures and Bald Eagles ride the thermals. Remnant prairies, grasslands and shrubby thickets hold Brown Thrashers, Bobwhite, Field and Clay-colored Sparrows and Yellow-throated Vireos. In some of the larger, older fields, you might hear the call of Bobolink and Upland Sandpipers.

Directions: The best access is from First Avenue and Fulton Street.

Gazetteer: Page 60, B-4 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 54, C-4 (10th edition).

Phone: 715/232-1242 or 715/839-5032

Web site:

Signature Species: Pine Warblers and Lark Sparrows.

Seasonality: Open all year.

Parking: Parking lot provided.

Nearest food & lodging: In Eau Claire.

Fees: Trail pass fees apply outside of the City of Eau Claire.