The Chippewa River State Trail trailhead is in Phoenix
Park located at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers in downtown Eau Claire. The trail extends 30 miles
to the City of Durand. Tarrant Park serves as the west trailhead. There are now 10 public campsites available at Tarrant
Park. For more information on this check with the City of Durand at (715)672-8770 or on their website.
The trail surface
is ten feet wide and paved with smooth asphalt from the start of the trail in Eau Claire to just near Caryville close to mile
marker 11 (Caryville is just after the 12 mile marker). From there to the trail junction of the Red Cedar State Trail, the
surface is an oil-based chip sealed asphalt emulsion suitable for bicycle riding but not for rollerblading. The 6.5 mile
section from the trail junction to the City of Durand is now completely paved with smooth blacktop. All bridges are wooded
decked and railed for riding safety.
The Chippewa River State Trail is available year round for outdoor activities.
During the Spring, Summer and Fall, you may enjoy walking, running, bicycling, and in-line skating. In the Winter, you may
use the trail for walking, running, cross-country skiing (ungroomed) and snowmobiling (Short St. to Durand).
or individuals wishing to schedule a special event on the state portion of the Chippewa River State Trail should contact the
Menomonie office of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at (715) 232-1242 or Scott Erickson at Lake Wissota State
Park at (715) 382-4574. Any special events on the Eau Claire portion of the trail should be directed to the Eau Claire Parks,
Recreation & Forestry Department at (715) 839-5032. The trail section from Durand to the trail junction of the Red Cedar
State Trail is operated and maintained by Pepin County. Contact Terry Mesch for information on this section by calling 715-672-5709
or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Convenient trail access points with parking facilities are located in Eau Claire,
the end of Fehr Road / Jopke Road, Highway 85 Rest Area, Caryville, Meridean and Durand.