Chippewa River State Bike Trail, Wisconsin (WI)

The Chippewa River Trail is a 20-mile multi-use recreational trail linking trails in the city of Eau Claire with the Red Cedar Trail near Dunnville. The eastern five miles are blacktopped and open to roller skaters as well as bikers, hikers and snowmobilers. The trails offer scenic views of the Chippewa River as it passes through prairie, woodland and farm country.

The trail surface is ten feet wide and paved with smooth asphalt from the start of the trail in Eau Claire to just near Caryville close to mile marker 11 (Caryville is just after the 12 mile marker). From there to the trail junction of the Red Cedar State Trail, the surface is an oil-based chip sealed asphalt emulsion suitable for bicycle riding but not for rollerblading. The 6.5 mile section from the trail junction to the City of Durand is now completely paved with smooth blacktop. All bridges are wooded decked and railed for riding safety.

Any groups or individuals wishing to schedule a special event on the state portion of the Chippewa River State Trail should contact the Menomonie office of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at (715) 232-1242 or Scott Erickson at Lake Wissota State Park at (715) 382-4574. Any special events on the Eau Claire portion of the trail should be directed to the Eau Claire Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department at (715) 839-5032. The trail section from Durand to the trail junction of the Red Cedar State Trail is operated and maintained by Pepin County. Contact Terry Mesch for information on this section by calling 715-672-5709 or email


Chippewa River State Trail
921 Brickyard Road
Menomonie, WI 54751
United States

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