Perched on the scenic Chippewa River banks, Jim Falls offers a small-town feel full of local history and year-round outdoor recreational activities. The Old Abe State Trail can be accessed in Jim Falls, welcoming bikers, snowmobilers, horseback riders, and hikers.
A few fun facts about Jim Falls:
- Xcel Energy’s Jim Falls Hydropower Plant is the largest hydropower-producing facility in the Midwest.
- The Old Abe War Eagle memorial statue commemorates Wisconsin’s feathered Civil War hero.
- You can find a view of the original river channel, which includes a hiking trail and an area of study for Geology students.
- You will find Wisconsin’s living fossil, the lake sturgeon, if you follow the shoreline in Jim Falls.
Boating access to the Old Abe Flowage and Lake Wissota’s upper end provides excellent angling opportunities for walleye, muskie, smallmouth bass, and catfish. The Chippewa River and Old Abe Flowage also offer great kayaking and paddleboarding!