This Eau Claire County dam and its resultant lake was built during the depression era. It was constructed by the federal WPA (Work Progress Administration) as part of a county wide conservation movement and involved the damming of the Eau Claire River at the old "Main River Dam" site, six miles north of Augusta. The completed dam is 24 feet high, 251 feet long and Lake Eau Claire itself covers more than 1,225 acres. A clubhouse and picnic ground have been developed around the dam site, and the rest of the lake's shoreline has become very popular for summer and year around homes.
The lake itself offers excellent musky, walleyed pike and pan fishing besides boating and swimming facilities. The dedication services were held on August 12th, 1937.
Lake Eau Claire Park does not include camping facilities but there are commercial camping and trailer parks nearby including the Trails End Park ( formerly the Buckhorn). There are other public camping facilities nearby including Harstad County Park and Coon Fork Lake County in the area. You can see the Camping available on the Augusta Wisconsin Camping page on the Augusta Web
Lake Eau Claire and its environmental concerns are boosted by the Lake Eau Claire Association. You can see the included history of the Dam, and more history about Eau Claire County on the History of Augusta in our Centennial Year of 1956. The dam's history is included in Wikipedia.
The image was take by the Canon Power Shot A80. The pictures full size resolution is 2272 x 1704. The photo was taken from the (old) Wisconsin Highway 27 bridge. The new Highway 27 bridge over the Eau Claire Rivers was opened in 2008
The text on the reverse: "Eau Claire Lake, located 5 miles north of Augusta on Highway 27 by the "Black Bear" and "Riverview" - famous riverside enterprises"
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