EAU CLAIRE — Already beloved by tubers, kayakers and fishermen, the 4.2-mile stretch of the Chippewa River that runs through the heart of Eau Claire recently was designated a national recreation trail.
The Chippewa River Water Trail was one of two Wisconsin trails to receive the designation last week by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. The other one in Wisconsin was the 52-mile Heart of Vilas County Paved Bike Trail System in northern Wisconsin.
An Interior Department news release described the Eau Claire project this way: “The popular Chippewa River Water Trail flows 4.2 miles through historic downtown Eau Claire and features an urban landscape endowed with natural beauty including sandstone cliffs and cave formations.”
The designation should benefit the Chippewa Valley by giving the Chippewa River Water Trail a platform in national searches for top trails, said Benny Anderson, acting director of the local tourism marketing agency