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Chippewa River Update - 3/26/20

Post Date:03/26/2020 11:12 AM
Forecasted rain and runoff in the upper Chippewa River watershed is likely to result in increased levels on the Chippewa River in Eau Claire.

At 8 a.m. the Chippewa River gauge at Grand Avenue read just over 764 feet, which is 9 feet below the flood stage reading of 773 feet.  At its current level the river is entering our Action stage prompting the closure of the lowest lying areas of the Chippewa River Trail.  

For the safety of residents, the following areas are closed:
• Chippewa River Trail - behind the UW-Eau Claire Fine Arts Building 
• Chippewa River Trail - at the boat landing behind Hobbs Ice Arena
• Chippewa River Trail street underpasses at Madison Street and Farwell Street.

The current crest projection is 767 feet on Saturday. The City will continue to monitor the river closely and may close additional areas of the trail as necessary for safety.   

What Residents Can Do

Stay Safe

When rivers are at an increased level they can contain debris and generate currents that are stronger, faster, and more unpredictable than normal which makes recreational use of the river unsafe. 

Stay Informed

Sign up for Rave Alerts – a free service that will provide emergency messages for Eau Claire County, the City of 
Eau Claire, and the City of Altoona to you via text, recorded message, email, or all three.  To register visit and click “Register” in the upper right of the site. 

Get email updates through the City of Eau Claire website at Under “Our City” look for e-Notifications.

Further information is available by contacting the City of Eau Claire, Department of Community Services 715-839-4649.  A recorded version of the river level update is available at 715-839-6002. 


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