Eau Claire (Wisconsin)

Eau Claire (pronounced: O'Clare, French for clear water) is a city of about 62,000 in Northwest Wisconsin.

Get in

By bus

By car

Eau Claire is on Interstate 94 and U.S. Highway 53 and is 90 miles (145 km) east of the Twin Cities.

By plane

  Chippewa Valley Regional Airport (IATA: EAU) is a public airport on the north side of town. Most U.S. destinations are available within 2-3 hours of transfer. As of March 2010 service is available to Chicago O'Hare with several flights each day.

Alternatively, you can fly into Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and take one of two shuttle services to Eau Claire:

Get around

Like most U.S. cities of its size, all Eau Claire offers by the way of mass transit is a relatively anemic municipal bus system. The buses have bike racks.

The downtown and Water Street areas, and most of the University academic buildings, are located within a river valley. Other parts of the town are located on higher ground. Walking and biking is an option in and between downtown, Water Street, and the University lower campus. However, for most folks (particularly in the winter) travel to other parts of the city will be by auto, taxi, or bus.


Nearby towns


For a fairly complete listing of current events, pick up a copy of Volume One, a free magazine available at more than 200 locations throughout the area. Another listing can be found in the Thursday edition of the local Eau Claire Leader-Telegram newspaper.


The Arts

Younger Children

Festivals and Events

These listings are presented in chronological order.

Nearby festivals




Farmers Markets


Eau Claire has its share of the usual chains. For more unique dining try:


Oakwood Mall Area

Upper Campus Area

Water Street


Nearby Restaurants

For restaurants near Eau Claire click here.

Coffee houses



Water Street

The primary bar scene in Eau Claire is on Water Street, near the University lower campus. There are roughly 10-15 bars within a few blocks. Highlights include:

Upper West Side

South Side/Upper Campus Area



Upper Campus Area


Bed & Breakfast

Go next

Routes through Eau Claire

Saint Paul Menomonie  W  E  Osseo Madison
Saint Paul Menomonie  W  E  Altoona Wisconsin Dells
Duluth Altoona  N  S  Osseo La Crosse

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