Chippewa County offers excitement and adventure all year round.
The County has rich historical roots, offering museums, historic markers, and tours that include a glimpse of the past. Chippewa County is home to nationally known Mason Shoe, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, and Chippewa Springs Water and internationally known computer technology companies Cray Inc. and SGI. The County is also home to nationally acclaimed music festivals, Northern Wisconsin State Fair, and other festivals and celebrations throughout the year.
The Chippewa County Forest contains approximately 34,500 acres in the northern 1/3 of the County. Most of this acreage is continuous, however there are several “special units” ranging in size from 40 to 340 acres dispersed throughout the County. The high-relief terrain of the County Forest resulted from glaciation and is speckled with lakes, streams, ponds and wetlands. The land cover is primarily forest consisting of oak, aspen, northern hardwoods, and isolated conifers. The entire area is open for public use and is accessed primarily off of gravel 3-season roads and numerous logging trails. Several Town roads provide year-round access to portions of the County Forest. The County Forest hosts most of the 22-mile Ice Age Trail, which is a National Scenic Trail. Also, some of the highest rated mountain bike, cross country ski, horseback, and ATV trails in Wisconsin are in the Chippewa County Forest. Utilizing the County Forest for a fun and healthy day of outdoor recreation and capping that with food and refreshments at nearby establishments make for a great ‘staycation’!
Chippewa County has 3 campgrounds and 4 day parks located on Long Lake, Otter Lake, the Holcombe Flowage, and Round Lake. Three of the county parks provide a relaxing camping experience, combined with opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking, and other recreational activities. All of the county parks have boat launches, boat docks, swimming beaches and pavilions. Check them out at: www.CCcamping.us
Chippewa County has 11 unique villages/cities to visit: Bloomer, Boyd, Cadott, Chippewa Falls, Cornell, (Northern) Eau Claire, Holcombe, Jim Falls, Lake Hallie, New Auburn, and Stanley.
Chippewa County is served by a network of US and State Highways USH 53 and STH 27, 40, 124, and 178 run north and south through the County. STH 29 and 64 run east and west. Many other county and town roads connect with these highways to link the cities, villages, and recreational areas in the County. Chippewa County is located approximately 100 miles east of Minneapolis MN, 200 miles northwest of Madison WI. The Chippewa Valley Regional Airport, northern Wisconsin’s largest airport, is located on the southern edge of Chippewa County. It provides scheduled passenger and freight service. Chippewa County is also served by three railroads -- the Union Pacific (UP), Progressive Rail(PR), and the Canadian National (CN). The CN runs east and west, serving the communities of Boyd, Stanley, Cadott, and Chippewa Falls. The PR Railroad runs north and south, serving the communities of New Auburn and Bloomer, and parts of the Chippewa Falls area. The UP serves Chippewa Falls-Eau Claire Urban Area.
The Chippewa County school districts are known to provide a wonderful student to faculty ratios. There are eight (8) public and private school districts in the County. Chippewa County is home to the Chippewa Valley Technical College Chippewa Falls campus, which offers various technical and associate degree programs; and Lakeland College, which offers four year non-traditional programs.
Chippewa County has a wealth of quality health care available. Residents have access to hospitals, clinics and pharmacies that provide services to suit everyone’s needs. A variety of medical providers, dental providers, and alternative medicine such as chiropractic care can be found in the area. Working in partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System provides a wide range of medical specialties, and offers surrounding communities facilities located in Bloomer, Chippewa Falls, and Eau Claire. Marshfield Clinic is a medical institution with a long history of serving the health care needs of patients and provides specialty care to regional locations including Bloomer, Cadott, Chippewa Falls, Cornell, Eau Claire and Lake Hallie. Chippewa County has several hospital facilities including St. Joseph’s Hospital, Lady of Victory Medical Center, and Bloomer Medical Center as well as Oakleaf Surgical Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital, and Luther Hospital (a Level II trauma center) in nearby Eau Claire.
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