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.

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 ...

Kayaking Eau Claire River

Fri. Sep. 30th, 2016

Take a kayak ride down part of the Eau Claire River after rains swelled the waters in September of 2016.

GOODBYE, GAP: Federal funds will complete missing Old Abe Trail miles

Mon. Sep. 19th, 2016  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Even though the Chippewa Valley has become increasingly friendly for bicyclists in recent years, there’s still something missing – literally: There’s a 2.4-mile gap in what otherwise would be a continuous trail system connecting ...