Irvine Park & Zoo
In 1906 William Irvine had a dream. The dream was to establish a reserve that would enhance and protect the Chippewa Valley environment. The park has grown through the years with the help of many generous residents. Mr. Irvine left the land and trust to the City of Chippewa Falls. However, the city was to use the interest for upkeep of the park. And nobody could sell any goods for profit in the park. Mr. Irvine didn’t want the park to become a Disney World. He wanted the park to be available to everybody. Even the poorest families would be able to enjoy the beauty of the park.
This park on 318 acres includes walking trails, cross country skiing with the wointer months, a band shell, preserved schoolhouse and log cabin, zoo, petting zoo, bears, hyeanas, cougars, tigers, and Glen Loch Dam overlook and a Christmas Village open Thanksgiving Day to New Years Day over 75,000 lights and 100 displays.
To reserve a pavilion or shelter, click here.
Trails in the park are good for walking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Admission is free and the park is open year round.