Earth Week

April 15-22, free parking & admission to ALL Eau Claire County Parks and Beaver Creek Reserve! Also, participate in our Earth Week Photo Contest. Click HERE to learn More!
Hours, Fees and Rules

Explore Beaver Creek Reserve Hours and Fees

With more than 400 acres of diverse habitat including upland woods, river bottom forests, wetlands, and savannah areas, Beaver Creek Reserve is home to a multitude of flora, fauna, and wildlife. Our nature reserve is bordered by the Eau Claire River and two trout streams that run through the property.

Get map and directions to our nature reserve

Members of Beaver Creek Reserve: FREE
University Students: FREE (with student ID)
Active Military and their families: FREE (please show ID)

-$5 admission for adults
-$3 fee for youth (15 years and under)
*Children under 2 years of age are FREE

Pay Entrance Fee

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Equipment rental

Winter Rentals
  • Snowshoes
  • Cross-Country Skis (poles, boots, and skis are included)

Summer Rentals
  • Kayaks
  • GPS units
  • Telescope

Rent Birthday Boxes, and Wonder Walks Backpacks!

Group rates are available. Contact us about group rates.

Rental fees are subject to change without notice. Please contact us for trail conditions and availability.

See Equipment Rental Prices

Nature Center Hours

Monday - Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Sundays: 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Starting December 13, 2021, the gate to the North campus (Hobb's Observatory, Main Lodge, Cabins, Citizen Science Center) will be locked after 4:00 p.m. and on weekends. If you plan to visit after hours, please park on the South campus by the Wise Nature Center and walk over through the tunnel under County Road K. Visitors that park on the North campus and leave their cars in the parking lot after 4:00 p.m. will be locked in. Please plan your visit accordingly.

Observatory Hours

2021 Season Update
Hobbs Observatory has restarted their Saturday public observing for September and October. This is weather dependent and may be canceled due to the status of COVID-19. Volunteers from the Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society (CVAS) will be in the Observatory field pointing out constellations and offering views through telescopes. Due to Covid, the telescope domes will not be used, but restrooms will be available. Observing will begin an hour after sunset and run for 2 hours.
Check out the CVAS website for more information and the updated schedule.


Butterfly House Hours

Open July 5- the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend 
Mondays - Saturdays 11 am - 3 pm
Sundays - 12 - 3 pm

Reserve Policies

Dogs, horses, bicycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, and other motorized vehicles are not allowed on the trails. Beaver Creek is a nature reserve that does not allow hunting, trapping, and picking wildflowers. Fishing in streams is allowed; however, a valid Wisconsin fishing license and trout stamp are required. Parking and fires are permitted in designated areas only. Smoking is prohibited. Quiet time is enforced between 10 pm and 6:30 am. Adult supervisors are expected to deal with disruptions promptly.

View a full list of Reserve policies