Before you take to the trails, rip through your favorite local waterways, or climb any sort of mountain, it’s important to make sure of what you’re doing. While you’re gearing up, check out this section as a way to prepare for your ultimate journey. Be safe, be strong, and be adventurous!


25 Hiking Trails in the Chippewa Valley

Flip thru 25 trails with this Web-App by Volume One. Includes aerial images, Satellite Google Maps, directions, trail maps, photos, and descriptions.


Teen Reels in a River of Memories

at just 15, Eau Claire’s Caspian Hebert is already an expert angler

Wisconsinites go fishing for a variety of reasons – as a pastime, for recreation, or for a chance to enjoy nature – but for 15-year-old Eau Claire resident Caspian Hebert, fishing is a passion. I first met Caspian early ...

Pure Water Paddlers Spring Ahead With Summer Plans

club invites paddlers of any age or skill level to join the fun

The Pure Water Paddlers group started in 2004 as a place for kayaking and canoeing enthusiasts to get together and paddle around beautiful rivers and lakes in the Chippewa Valley and beyond. The group is not only a fun place to paddle but also a very informational and safety focused ...

The Best of the Outdoors 2022: Hiking, Biking, Camping, and More

We asked about the best spots to be active in the Chippewa Valley. Here’s what you said

Each year for the past 15 years, we’ve asked readers to vote on their favorite things, people, and places in the Chippewa Valley. Here are the winners in the outdoor-related parts of our most recent Best of the ...

WHAT A CATCH: Fishhead Custom Rods & Tackle Crafts Specialized Equipment

E.C.’s Mike Konzen creates 50-60 custom fishing rods every year for local anglers

Mike Konzen and his family were on a fishing trip in Belize a few years back, and everything seemed fairly normal. Beautiful weather on the water, wholesome family vibes all around, and fish were biting at increasing regularity when suddenly a 70-pound greater amberjack bit down on his youngest daughter’s fishing rod – and a battle began. After wrestling with ...

Hiking? Biking? Camping? Here Are Our Readers’ Favorite Outdoor Spots

We asked about the best places to be active in the Chippewa Valley. Here’s what you said.

When we create Volume One's annual Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll, we not only ask our readers (that’s you!) to vote for their favorite bands, bars, cheese curds but also their favorite bodies of water, hiking trails, and beaches ...

7 Hidden Hiking Gems in the Chippewa Valley

see if you can spot these seven secret wonders of the area

Sunlit trails wind through upland woods and young pines in this 80 acre preserve, part of the 630-acre Hallie Marsh Wildlife Area ...


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