Chippewa River State Trail

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The Chippewa River State Trail runs for nearly 40 miles between Eau Claire and Durand, with plans to extend the trail farther north. The route partly follows an abandoned railroad corridor of the Milwaukee Road. Much of the trail is urban and suburban, with shorter segments passing through Wisconsin's bucolic farmland. The trail meanders along its namesake Chippewa River through a region that is rich in logging and railroad history. Interpretive signs depict some of the history, while remnant prairies dot the trail's landscape.

You'll find 10 public campsites along the trail and plenty of services in the city and in towns along the way.

The Chippewa River State Trail is open in winter to cross-country skiing (ungroomed) and snowmobiling (Short St. to Durand). The trail surface is asphalt between Eau Claire and near Caryville (near the 11-mile marker). Between Caryville and the trail junction of the Red Cedar State Trail, the surface is chip-sealed with oil and asphalt—which isn't suitable for inline skating.

A state trail pass is required on certain segments for cyclists and inline skaters (16 years and older). You don't need a pass on the city trail portion in Eau Claire in the village of Lake Hallie, or on the Pepin County/Durand section. For more information on passes, visit Wisconsin DNR.

Parking and Trail Access

You can access the trail from many places along its route. Parking is also available in many places, including at least four places in Eau Claire, as well as near Cooley Lake, Caryville and Tarrant Park in Durand.


nice trail

   May, 2016 by carmawillers

We biked this trail for the first time on May 22nd 2015. Leaving from Durand headed towards Eau Claire. It was smooth asphalt for 4miles till the split that heads to Menominee. We went another 8 miles and that section was a bit rough but not unbearable. more

Very Nice Trail

   October, 2015 by aka_locojoe

Rode this trail in early October of 2015 from Eau Claire to Durand and back for about 64 miles. We parked at a municipal lot in Eau Claire near Phoenix Park which is where we caught the trail. This trail is as flat as a trail can get. A variety of scenery more

Rough ride between Red Cedar intersection and Meridean

   September, 2015 by michael shovein

My wife and I biked from the Durand trailhead to the small town of Meridean on Tuesday, September 8. The conditions were good between Durand and the intersection of the Chippewa River trail and the Red Cedar trail. However, the 4 miles between the intersection more