About the Area


Eau Claire and the surrounding area, also known as the Chippewa Valley, is a wonderful place to live!

But don’t just believe us… click here to see what others say about this award winning community!  

The Chippewa Valley has a diverse economy, great educational institutions, both private and public! Year-round entertainment to enjoy with family and friends! Unique venues, dining, and shopping to satisfy  even the most discriminate personality.

Eau Claire was founded by French voyagers in the late 1700s and was originally named “Eaux Claires,” meaning “Clear Waters.” Eau Claire was incorporated in 1872. The logging industry helped build the economy in the late 19th century.

Today, Eau Claire’s economy has expanded to include many other business sectors, such as healthcare, nanotechnology, high-tech, manufacturing, and lots of retail too! Eau Claire is home to several regional and national companies, as well as many educational institutions including the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Chippewa Valley Technical College, and Immanuel Lutheran College. We are very proud to be recently name one of the most “Secure Places To Live” and “Best Places To Live” in national surveys!

about-the-area2As its name indicates, Eau Claire has the lakes and rivers to satisfy the needs of fishermen, boaters and outdoor-lovers alike! You may find yourself fishing in Half Moon Lake, tubing down the Chippewa River, or boating on the Eau Claire River. The city maintains 363 acres of parkland and 21 miles of recreational trails. The Chippewa River State Trail offers hiking and biking during the summer months and cross-country skiing in the Winter.

There is so much to offer in the Chippewa Valley – come visit! Fall in love with the area, then call us to welcome you home!

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