Drop a Line, Get a Bite: Preparing for this year's fishing season

Wed. May. 2nd, 2018  |  Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Opening day of the 2018 regular inland fishing season follows the coldest and snowiest April on record, meaning it’s a pretty good bet many anglers’ favorite fish species will be hungry and ready to bite, state fisheries officials say ...

A Way on the Water

local leaders announce river trail plan, map

Thu. Jun. 29th, 2017  |  Tom Giffey

For millennia, the Chippewa River has been a conduit for travel, commerce, and recreation. Now, thanks to collaboration among a broad swathe of local groups, the 4.2 miles of the river that flow through the city of Eau Claire are officially a water trail ...

Up to 12 'Born Learning Trails' to Be Installed Throughout Chippewa Valley

Thu. Jun. 29th, 2017  |  V1 Staff

Ten area communities in Chippewa and Eau Claire counties have approved the installation of Born Learning Trails in their area parks. These are in addition to the Born Learning Trail installed last year at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls. One more trail is pending approval.

25 Hiking Trails in the Chippewa Valley - a Volume One Web App

flip thru local hiking trail maps with this web app

Wed. May. 17th, 2017  |  Rob Reid, developer by Don Ross

Explore every hiking trail near Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, and Menomonie with this interactive web-app. Flip thru 25 trails to see aerial Google Earth views, photos, official trail maps, and Google Map directions to each trail.

Opening Weekend

the first morning of fishing season is usually cold, but the memories formed couldn’t be warmer

Wed. May. 3rd, 2017  |  Justin Patchin, photos by Justin Patchin

The opening weekend of walleye fishing season is practically a state holiday where I grew up in northern Minnesota. And I suspect the same is true for many folks here in western Wisconsin. I rarely miss an opportunity to get together with my dad to fish “the opener” ...

Keeping Kids Engaged on Outdoor Adventures

a Q&A with prolific hiking guidebook author Rob Bignell

Wed. May. 3rd, 2017  |  Maggie Cook, Ron Bignell

There’s just something about getting outside and being one with nature. The sounds. The smells. The fresh air. Not to mention enjoying the great outdoors with the entire family. Insert sounds of a vinyl record screeching ...


outdoors or indoors, climbing can be a rigorous adventure

Wed. May. 3rd, 2017  |  Hannah Mumm

When we think about rock climbing, places like Yosemite or the Rocky Mountains come to mind. Serious climbers don’t waste their time dawdling in the Midwest, right? Of course, California and Colorado ...

Step by Step

In a quest to get healthy, local writer Rob Reid began to hit the Chippewa Valley’s hiking trails. Here’s what he discovered.

Fri. May. 6th, 2016  |  Rob Reid

It was increasingly hard to see the trail path. The grass was getting higher and higher. With my arms up near my head, I yelled back to my wife, Jayne, “Don’t be surprised if we pick up a few wood ticks on this hike!” By the time we finished walking around ...

Off-Road Runner

After tiring of the pavement pounding so many runners do, V1 contributor Caleb Gerdes got his mojo back in the woods, trails, and hills of Wisconsin

Fri. May. 6th, 2016  |  Caleb Gerdes, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Sometimes people ask if I am a runner. I want to tell them no, then I remember that I do, in fact, run typically one to three times a week. Now, I’m not religious about it, and I don’t have a specific training regimen or goal in mind.

Disc Golf Tourney Open to Everyone, Including Kids

Thu. May. 14th, 2015  |  by Zack Katz

Wisconsin’s 17-event Disc Golf Tour spans the course of seven months, and the next stop happens to be in our own backyard. Held May 16-17, the Tower Ridge Disc Golf Open is a three round tournament (two on Saturday, one on Sunday) sanctioned by the PGDA. And, as fancy and official as the event sounds by name, it’s open to all walks of players – including kids – looking to get involved in the action ...

A Mud Run from the People Behind Country Jam

Thu. May. 14th, 2015  |  Bailey Berg

Country Jam may be known as a party-fueled weekend of cut-off jean shorts, cowboy hats and country tunes, but come Sept. 19, it will also be known for its equally wild Mud Jam for charity. While the biggest obstacle Country Jam attendees face is racing to beat the ...

Here Comes the High Bridge

restored bike-pedestrian bridge will be open for use by the end of the summer

Thu. May. 14th, 2015  |  Zack Katz, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Walking across Phoenix Park’s footbridge (or driving on the Madison Street bridge), a towering iron fixture can be seen as the last in the succession of bridges sprinkled down the Chippewa River before Xcel Energy’s dam. Soon, that 80-foot tall bridge will be more than part of a picturesque view in the distance: It will also provide one ...

It's The Big One

Wisconsin Sport Show showcases outdoor know-how

Tue. Mar. 17th, 2015  |  Barbara Arnold

Looking for that cure for cabin fever and spring fever? Head to the Wisconsin Sport Show, March 20-22, at Menard’s Old Mill Expo Center. The center’s 53,000 square feet will be filled with more than 130 exhibitors of boats, pontoons, docks and ...

Disc-y Business

new Water Street store caters to disc golf lovers

Tue. Mar. 17th, 2015  |  Zack Katz, photos by Eric Christenson

You’re a local disc golf player: your itch to participate in the hobby-sport is regarded as a quirk (but you dig that). The first convincing thaw of the year comes on with the same “smack” force used against the heel of your sneaker to clear ...

Winter at Camp Manitou

kids enjoy snowshoeing, hiking during two-day camp

Tue. Jan. 20th, 2015  |  Barbara Arnold

If your kids like Camp Manitou’s swamp hike over the summer, they’ll love its Winter Camp over Valentine’s Day/President’s Day weekend Saturday, Feb. 14 through Monday, Feb. 16. Now in its fourth year, the camp offers outdoor activities...

A River Adventure for Kids

Wed. Apr. 16th, 2014  |  Barbara Arnold

Calling all Indiana Jones enthusiasts and Dora the Explorers ages 8 to 16 for the annual Chippewa River Adventure Camp on Saturday, April 26, from 8:30am to 4pm at Round Hill near Durand. “I love the outdoors,” says Sam Worple ...

Holy Snowshoes, Eau Claire!

Wed. Apr. 16th, 2014  |  Allison Puestow, photos by Mike O'Brien

I know we’re pretty sick of snow by now, and the mere mention of the word is becoming forbidden, but bear with me for a moment, because this is pretty exciting. The United States Snowshoe Association has chosen Eau Claire to host ...

Spirit of Adventure

the people you meet in the great outdoors put nature’s value in perspective

Wed. Apr. 16th, 2014  |  Rob Hanson, photos by Rob Hanson

I’ll never forget the brilliant defiance in Herb Comstock’s laugh as he recalled a recent conversation with his doctor. It was the last 10-hour shift of my first season as a fisheries technician with the Department of Natural Resources ...