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Wrapped around the Eau Claire River about 85 miles east of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the emerald green landscape and crystal blue waters of the river make Eau Claire a picturesque city – but it is also a city with a lot to offer. It is the county seat of Eau Claire County; it is home to several major companies, such as Menards and National Presto Industries, Inc.; and it is a college town, home to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Chippewa Valley Technical College.
The heart of Eau Claire is its historic downtown, a beautiful location teeming with terrific shops, restaurants, parks, and a bike trail. When searching for apartments in Eau Claire, don’t dismiss the downtown area – it is a terrific location complete with the downtown Farmers Market, distinctive neighborhoods that include the Third Ward, North River Fronts, and North Side Hill – all featuring houses, lofts, and apartments. Downtown’s Phoenix Park serves as the trailhead for the Chippewa River State Trail, a 26-mile urban trail that runs alongside the river.
A beautiful riverfront city with a fantastic downtown and gorgeous parks – looking at what’s available in Eau Claire may lead you to believe that this is a city for the elite, but that’s not true – this spectacular setting doesn’t come with a high price tag. In fact, Eau Claire is considered one of the most affordable cities in the country. Find your Eau Claire apartment now and start enjoying all this city has to offer (and keep some cash in your wallet, too!).
Things to Do in Eau Claire:
Eau Claire is a dynamic little city with a surprisingly large amount of things to do. From outdoor activities such as hiking, boating, skiing, tubing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling to community theaters and museums, there’s something for everyone in Eau Claire. Historic Downtown Eau Claire serves as the city’s hub, so start here – most likely, you’ll find a festival or event taking place such as the Summer Fest or the International Fall Festival.
Eau Claire is a hotbed for the music industry with several major recording artists claiming Eau Claire as their hometown, including Grammy award winner Bon Iver. The city is famous for its jazz, indie rock, and hip-hop. Owen Park is home to the Sarge Boyd Bandshell, a site listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a popular concert location.
You can also enjoy performances at the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre or by the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, or attend concerts performed by the Chippewa Valley Symphony or the Eau Claire Municipal Band.
The Eau Claire River, along with the Chippewa River, provides opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. Other outdoor activities in Eau Claire include golf, disc golf, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and skating. Nearby Lake Wissota State Park is northeast of Chippewa Falls and features over 1,000 acres of parkland and a 6,300-acre lake. This popular destination is perfect for camping, hiking, and enjoying the large swimming beach. During winter, park visitors can enjoy ice fishing, cross-country skiing, and five miles of snowmobile trails.
Just stand on the Banbury Bridge and look down at the crystal clear river, flanked by variegated shades of green as the plants and trees frame the water. The wooden pedestrian bridge curves organically as it stretches across the river, making this just one of your sure-to-be-favorite spots once you move to Eau Claire.
If bicycling is your favorite mode of transportation, pack up your bike and find your Eau Claire apartment now – where you’ll have nearly 29 miles of biking trails and four miles of mountain bike trails to enjoy! Eau Claire’s city bike trail is 10 feet wide and paved, and all of the bridges are decked and railed for safety. You can ride your bike year round – just one more reason you’ll love living in Eau Claire!
Of course, this is Wisconsin – ice skating is very popular. Be sure to visit Hobbs Municipal Ice Center, which features 93,000 square feet and contains two full-size sheets of ice, a studio sheet of ice, meeting rooms, a viewing area, and a fitness center. Outdoor skating rinks are located at several parks seasonally and include Pinehurst Rink, Boyd Rink, and Roosevelt Rink.
Music lovers will find their heart in Eau Claire. There’s Country Jam USA and the Chippewa Valley Music Festivals, the Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra and the Chippewa Valley Symphony, performances at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center-State Theatre and the Mable Tainter Center for the Arts, and funky acoustic performances at the House of Rock.
What to Consider When Moving to Eau Claire:
Eau Claire is one of Wisconsin’s largest cities with roughly 66,000 residents. It is the county seat of Eau Claire County and its name is French for “Clear Waters.” Eau Claire was named an All-America City in 2014.
Eau Claire’s economy was based in lumber during the late 1800s to the early 1940s. Since then, it has evolved into tech industries, with businesses such as Hutchinson Technology. Other companies in Eau Claire include National Presto Industries, Midwest Manufacturing, Silver Spring foods, and Cascades Tissue Group.
In addition to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire is home to Immanuel Lutheran College.
Why Eau Claire Apartments Are Hot:
Eau Claire was one of Wisconsin’s first official Tree Cities. It was once named one of the top communities for young people, and it was named one of the “Ten Best Cities for Cheapskates” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance in 2012. UW-Eau Claire was named one of the top five public universities in the Midwest in 2012, and it was recently named one of the best places to retire (one of the top 10, according to Yahoo Finance). Forbes listed Eau Claire a “Best Small Place” for business and careers. Eau Claire has also been named a “brainy city” and is one of the state’s healthiest cities.
Apartments in Eau Claire are hot for all of these reasons – but mainly because this beautiful city with its crystal-clear river and emerald green landscape will inspire you.
Why Eau Claire?
- Founded in 1916, UW-Eau Claire is a top Midwest university with an award-winning jazz ensemble.
- The Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers are perfect for kayaking, tubing, and canoeing.
- Child-friendly Eau Claire offers parks, the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire, and Chaos Water Park.
- Eau Claire offers a wide variety of fine arts, including Menomonie Theater Guild and the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra.
- Festivals in Eau Claire include an annual jazz festival, the International Fall Festival, and Country Jam USA.
- Discovered in 1881, Crystal Cave is a popular destination for gem panning, hiking the nature trail, and cave tours.