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Wisconsin whitewater, Eau Claire River

Eau Claire county, Little Falls to Big Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III+     1.4 miles
We attempted too kayak this run. I guess there are two entry areas to the falls themselves, and a bridge up stream where one can put in. Went to both parking areas and sheriffs at both sides. We lost interest. We stayed in a motel in Eau Claire for the night, NO CAMPING. Park closes at dark or something; stay west of the Missouri river. The falls themselves are just a couple of chutes, nice place to camp, but would be tossed in the local
    jail; I'm certain with the looks we were given by the cops. Freedom in America is lost, place is swarming with cops. Stay in the west. Water is colder but, at least one can camp for a few days on a float. Says Floatfishpaddle

The average Wisconsin whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. The scenic beauty of Eau Claire County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Eau Claire, there's  
a road map further down the page with more info on that. The Little Falls to Big Falls stretch of Eau Claire River in Eau Claire County is 1.4 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-III+ section of whitewater. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. The campgrounds here at Eau Claire River are pretty good. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with not too many other spots for that.

Eau Claire River, Little Falls to Big Falls road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Eau Claire River.
 Whitewater Near Eau Claire River:
Eau Claire River, Eau Claire County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 1.4 miles long (Little Falls to Big Falls)
Duncan Creek, Chippewa County, 10 miles away
      Class -blank- - 1.5 miles long (Glen Loch Dam to Chippewa River)
Chippewa River, Chippewa County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.5 miles long (Jim Falls)
Chippewa River, Eau Claire County, 15 miles away
      Class II - 0.5 miles long (Downtown EauClaire)
Eau Claire River, Eau Claire County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.9 miles long (Channey Rd)
 Ski Areas Near Eau Claire River:
Christie Mountain, Wisconsin , 35 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 23 runs
Mount La Crosse, Wisconsin , 53 miles away, 516 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
Trollhaugen, Wisconsin , 95 miles away, 260 foot drop, 9 lifts, 22 runs
Wild Mountain, Minnesota , 99 miles away, 300 foot drop, 8 lifts, 25 runs
Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin , 100 miles away, 400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 43 runs
 Beaches Near Eau Claire River:
Half Moon Beach, Eau Claire , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Eau Claire River:
AmericInn Chippewa Falls, Chippewa Falls , 9 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites EAU CLAIRE NORTH, Chippewa Falls , 9 miles away
Avalon Hotel And Conference Center, Chippewa Falls , 9 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Chippewa Falls, WI, Chippewa Falls , 9 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Chippewa Falls, Chippewa Falls , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Eau Claire River:
Elmer's Campgrounds, Fall Creek, 6 miles away
Lake Wissota State Park, Chippewa Falls, 8 miles away
Pine Harbor Campsite, Chippewa Falls, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Eau Claire River:
Hay Meadow Trail, Chippewa , 18 miles away
Hickory Ridge Trail, Chippewa , 19 miles away
Deer Fly Trail, Chippewa , 19 miles away
O'Neil Creek Flowage Trail, Chippewa , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Eau Claire River:
Lake Wissota State Park, Wisconsin , 8 miles away
Old Abe State Trail, Wisconsin , 20 miles away
Brunet Island State Park, Wisconsin , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Eau Claire River:
Timber Terrace Golf Course, Chippewa Falls , 9 miles away
Lake Wissota Golf Course, Chippewa Falls , 9 miles away
Whispering Pines Golf Course, Cadott , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Eau Claire River
Cindy Lake, Chippewa , 6 miles away
Lake Wissota, Chippewa , 7 miles away

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