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The Eau Claire Region is located on the west side of Wisconsin and is named after the ninth-largest city in Wisconsin. The name Eau Claire means "clear waters" and was named after early French explorers.[2] Cities in the region include Turtle Lake, Menomonie, Thorp, and Medford. The region sees the warmest months from May to September, with an average temperature of 71 degrees. Winters typically last from November to March, with the average temperature reaching below 36 degrees.[1] The region is known for a variety of museums, parks, and trails that can be visited while in the area.

What Eau Claire is known for

One popular attraction within the Eau Claire Region is the Children's Museum of Eau Claire & Play Space. The children's museum is an interactive experience where children can learn and play.[5] Action City is another popular spot for children to spend some time. Action City allows for activities such as playing laser tag, go-karting, and mini-golfing. Some unique features of Action City include the 30,000 square foot Trampoline Park, two dodgeball courts, slam dunk stations, and three ninja warrior courses.[6] 

The Chippewa Valley Museum is a local history museum with 23,000 artifacts. Some of the artifacts include tools from farm machinery and home furnishing that show the area's rural life. Folk Art is another feature of the museum, including Objibwe moccasins and other hand-made artifacts.[7] Altoona Lake is a human-made lake where visitors can spend time on the beach shore, swimming, and fishing. Musky, panfish, smallmouth bass, and walleye can all be found when fishing at Altoona Lake.[8] 

The Eau Claire Region has various music festivals in the area, such as the Blue Ox Music Festival, Country Jam, Decadent Cabaret Music Festival, Eau Claire Jazz Fest, and Eaux Claires Festival. Visitors can experience a variety of events while visiting the region. Some annual events include Winter Fest and Games, Silvermine Ski Invitational, Banbury Art Crawl, Jig's Up Ice Fishing Contest, Wisconsin Sport Show, Eau Claire Improv Fest, Viennese Ball, International Fall Festival, and Gatsby's Gala.[2] The best time to visit the region is during the summer months, from mid-June to September. July is the peak tourism season because of the comfortable and warm weather that tourists experience.[1] 

Healthcare is one of the most prominent industries in Eau Claire, with it employing over 12,000 people. Major employers include Menard Inc., Mayo Clinic Health System, Eau Claire Area School District, and Sacred Heart Hospital.


The Eau Claire Region is located on the west side of Wisconsin. Surrounding cities include Phillips, Medford, Thorp, Barron, and Spooner. Augusta State Wildlife Area, Kidrick Swamp State Natural Area, Lost Lake Esker State Natural Area, and Yellow River Ice-Walled Lake are a few of the area's natural landmarks. Lake Wissota is located within the region and is a reservoir within the region. 

The warmest time in the Eau Claire Region is May to September. The average temperature during the summer months is 71 degrees. The hottest temperature the region typically reaches throughout the year is 83 degrees. November to March are the coldest months in the region, with the average temperature typically below 36 degrees. The coldest day of the year is usually the end of January, with the temperature getting as low as 8 degrees. April to October are the months with 26% of a wet day, with October to April is the dry season.[1] 

The Eau Clarie Region is known for the production of grain. Corn is the most important crop and is used for grain. Much of the grain that is produced in Wisconsin is used for feeding the livestock. Other crops in the area include soybeans, potatoes, cranberries, hay, oats, sweet corn, and tobacco. The leading fruits and vegetables produced in Wisconsin are apples, strawberries, snap beans, green peas, cabbage, and carrots. Dairy products have a significant influence on Wisconsin's agriculture production. Wisconsin is only behind California when it comes to dairy production in the United States.[3] 

Animals within the region include beavers, black bears, brown bats, chipmunks, coyotes, raccoons, whitetail deer, and wolves.[4]


After a French name, the Eau Region is named Eauz Claires, which means "clear waters." In 1845 the first European-American settlers arrived in the region but was initially inhabited for many years by Native American tribes before their arrival. Eau Claire was made into an official city in 1872. The city first took off because of the success in the lumber industry and eventually became an industrial city by the late 19th century. Stephen McCann and his family were some of the first permanent settlers to the area. 

In 2010, the population of Eau Claire was 65,883. The racial make-up is 91.4% White, 4.6% Asian, 1.1% African American, .5% Native American, .5% from other races, 1.8% from two or more races, and 1.9% from Hispanic or Latino race. 

The Oakwood Mall has been opened in Eau Claire since 1986 and has a variety of shops, including bike shops and record shops. Other recreation in the area includes parks, trails, farmer's markets, and outdoor concerts in the summer. The region participates in various sports, such as baseball, curling, football, roller derby, soccer, kubb, and horseshoes. In 2003 the World Horseshoe Championship was held in Eau Claire.[2]

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