Introduction to Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, in Chippewa county, is 10 miles NE of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and 83 miles E of St. Paul, Minnesota. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Eau Claire metropolitan area with.
Chippewa Falls History
Chippewa Falls is located on the Chippewa River. The area was officially incorporated as a city in 1869. It was named because of its location on the Chippewa River, which was named after the Ojibwa Native Americans. The early settlers misheard the word "Ojibwa," and interpreted it as "Chippewa." The community was initially a lumber town, but eventually became a railroad town. The West Wisconsin Railway constructed a line from St. Paul to Milwaukee, which passed through the area at Eau Claire in 1870.
Chippewa Falls and nearby Attractions
- Lake Wissota State Park
- James Newman Clark Bird Museum
- Irvine Park
- Brunet Island State Park
- Chippewa Valley Museum
- Paul Bunyan Logging Camp
Things To Do In Chippewa Falls
While in Chippewa Falls, one can visit nearby parks like the Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area, Lake Wissota State Park, Brunet Island State Park and Pine Point County Park. Local golf courses include the Lake Wissota Golf Club and the Timber Terrace Golf Course. The city hosts the Historic Preservation Celebration every May, the North Wisconsin State Fair every July, Pure Water Days every August and the June Dairy Days every June.
Chippewa Falls Transportation
Rochester International is the nearest major airport.
Chippewa Falls Higher Education
Winona State University, Western Wisconsin Technical College and Chippewa Valley Technical College are the nearby institutions of higher education.