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Fish Puke

(and wondering what I should remember)

Its vomit was bright orange. I can’t say if that’s normal. But that day in the boat, that’s what it was. I’m sure I held it ...

Start a Succulent Garden of Your Very Own

All you need is a shallow glass bowl or terrarium, cactus potting soil, sand, charcoal, rocks, and your favorite succulents. First, put sand in ...

Looking for Thrills? Zip Through the Air

Considering some other recreational options may be off the table this summer, 2020 may be the year to finally face that fear of heights and give zip lining a try. Just a 90-minute drive from the ...

Have a Block Party: Play Kubb

Did you know Eau Claire is officially the Kubb Capital of North America? Or that the U.S. National Kubb Championship takes place right here? If you’re like me and ...

Catch a Flick From Your Car Seat

Surely you can’t be serious! If you thought drive-in movie theaters are a thing of the past, think again! Head on over to the ...

Toss a Disc (and Toss Your Cares Away)

As far as socially distant activities go, there’s not much out there like disc golf. Enjoy your wooded surroundings as you toss discs far ...

Get Some Socially Distant Sunshine

Splish! Splash! River Prairie Park’s stream is now open for the summer! Kiddos can spend the day splashing in the stream. All visitors ...

Roll Your Hungry Belly Up to a Food Truck

While restaurants are slowly opening back up, food trucks are taking center stage from their mobile eateries all over The Valley. You’ll find all ...

Look to the Stars This Summer

Everything under the sun might be changing, with the Hobbs Observatory closed for the season and delayed programming from the Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society due ...

Hook Up With Some Fish Fry

That most iconic Wisconsin traditions – the frying of fish – is shaken up by the coronavirus pandemic, but fish fry finds a way. There are some awesome take-out options ...

Whatever Floats Your (Rented) Boat

For those looking to get out for some waterborne fun, Loopy’s Saloon and Grill in Chippewa Falls is a great place for it! Guests can grab a bite to eat and rent a canoe ...

Find a Fishing Hole and Cast a Line

If you’re floundering for a place to fish this summer, look no further. Whether your putting worms on a hook, or slipping into some waders ...

Take a Peek at the Wonders of Irvine Park

Irvine Park is a staple of the Chippewa Valley. Over the years, the facilities have improved and taken in more animals. They have a great ...

Put a Local Podcast in Your Ears

If you’ve got a hankering for a new podcast, check out some local favorites: Matt’s House by Matt Hasenmueller, Passion Pod by Chris Johnson ...

Up for a Road Trip? Two Words: Pizza Farm

Midwestern farms converting themselves into gourmet pizza parlors across the state? We love to see it. Farms have found a new way to use their ...

Soak Up the Sunflowers This Summer

Enjoy the sunshine in the sunflowers at a local sunflower field, such as Babbette’s Seeds of Hope (W5725 State Road 85), a field created ...

Hungry? Then Drive Up and Grub Down

Nothing screams summer like malts and burgers car-hopped right to your window. For all the throwback ’50s vibes, tasty treats, and sweet rides, look ...

Search for Geocaching Treasure

If you’ve never gone geocaching before, this summer is the perfect time to try it out. Start off by registering for a free basic membership at the national geocaching ...

Make Waves This Summer at the Valley’s Lakes, Beaches

Nicki Minaj’s hit song “Starships” goes a little something like: “Let’s go to the beach, each / Let’s go get away / They say, what they gonna say?” Well, it turns out, local ...

Keep It Fresh at These Local Farmers Markets

Gosh, there’s nothing better than getting up early on a Saturday (wow, never thought I’d say that), grabbing a tote bag, and heading to the farmers market ...

Take Some Time to Hit the Trails

Hit the trails this summer, feel the breeze, and see the sights with some of the Chippewa Valley’s greatest routes. Our trail ...

Stay Booked With Some Summer Reads

If there’s one thing the Chippewa Valley does right, it’s writing. (Pun intended.) Especially when it comes to local favorites like Michael Perry, Nickolas Butler, and B.J. Hollars, who ...

Let It Grow by Joining a Community Garden

This summer is the perfect thyme to join a community garden! The goal of community gardens, according to the Forest Street Community Garden group, is ...

Send Your Kids on a Trip Through Time

The Chippewa Valley Museum is still holding its annual “Time Travelers” summer enrichment classes for kindergarten through sixth-grade students. These virtual ...

Artists and Admirers Can Both Chalk It Up

Since its inception 12 years ago, Chalkfest has been a celebration of creativity spread across concrete canvases. For this year’s event, co-presented ...

Swing Away on a Golf Outing

Make this a summer you’ll never fore-get by learning to play golf! There are plenty of great courses in ...

Try Some New Flavors This Summer

Nothing says “summer” quite like a scoop of fresh local ice cream from your favorite ice cream parlor. If you’re ...

  |  Updates & Closures

UWEC, UW-Stout Plan to Open for Fall Semester

campuses will implement health and safety measures, including social distancing and use of masks

University leaders say they collaborated to put “comprehensive safety plans” in place to ensure the safety of faculty, staff, and students upon return, including ...

LOCAL LIT: ‘Father Time’

My son and I stand in the driveway on this warm May evening – 10 weeks into coronavirus isolation. It’s fully dark, with the thinnest crescent moon rising. Suddenly, he bursts down the sidewalk yelling ...