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Eau Claire is a city in Chippewa and Eau Claire counties in the west-central part of the U.S. state of Wisconsin. Located almost entirely in Eau Claire County, for which it is the county seat, the city had a population of 65,883 at the 2010 census, making it the state's ninth-largest city. Eau Claire is the principal city of the Eau Claire, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a part of the Eau Claire-Menomonie Combined Statistical Area.Name originEau Claire took its name from Eau Claire County. "Eau Claire" is the singular form of the original French name, "Eaux Claires", meaning "Clear Waters", for the Eau Claire River. According to local legend, the river was so named because early French explorers journeying down the rain-muddied Chippewa River, happened upon the Eau Claire River, excitedly exclaiming "Voici l'eau claire!" ("Here clear water!"), the city motto, which appears on the city seal.GeographyEau Claire is located at, approximately 90 miles east of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. The city is located on the northern fringes of the Driftless Zone.Make the most of your holiday in Eau Claire by finding out about its attractions and choosing what to see using our United States online itinerary builder.
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