Friday, 04 December 2020
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I’m glad I found this group. What first caught my eye was the Wisconsin River Outlander Trip on You Tube. I’m definitely going to make that trip since I'm a big fan of the Driftless Area.

Since I spent most of my Summers growing up along the Chippewa River south of Eau Claire, I thought something like that can be done in West Central Wisconsin.

For example, in Eau Claire, at the end of Silvermine Drive there is approximately 350 acres of State owned, public access land that was purchased from Huntsinger Farms in the early 2000’s. It’s on the Chippewa River flood plain and a sliver of the river cuts through the property. Prior to Huntsinger, my Great Uncles owned the property and they laid concrete slabs across the water to make a water crossing. When the water was low enough we used to drive our FJ40 across it in the 1970’s. The water crossing is still there but hasn’t been used in years and now it's open to the public to explore.

West of there in Dunn County off County Road H is 240th St which is a gravel/dirt road that winds along the Chip to a boat ramp then up the bluff past an old cemetery. The road was usually poorly maintained.

Further west into Pierce County is Rustic Road 51 which runs along Pine Creek from the Mississippi to the top of the bluffs. It has a couple of water crossings, minimally maintained and is closed during the the Winter months.

Any other areas in West Central Wisconsin?


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