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Third Ward Neighborhood Guide

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The Third Ward is very close to Putnam Park, a 105-acre state wildlife preserve located in the heart of the city. Because of its natural beauty and its proximity to the university, the Third Ward is a very desirable neighborhood, with the highest concentration of historic homes of any neighborhood in the city. Nineteenth-century lumber magnates seemed to favor the neighborhood, and many of their homes remain intact or have been restored. However, a wide array of homes is offered in Eau Claire's Third Ward, from 3-story, 4000+ square foot mansions to 2-bedroom bungalows. There have even been several new homes built recently. If you are interested in historic homes in a neighborhood that is centrally located to UW-EC and downtown, check out these Third Ward homes!


Students living in the Third Ward Neighborhood may go to the following schools. Please make sure to contact the Eau Claire School District at (715) 852-3000, to confirm before making any home buying decisions. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WI DPI): 2013-2014 DPI REPORT CARDS

Lakeshore Elementary

2013-2014 WI DPI Rating – 73.7 (Exceeds Expectations) 

Delong Middle School
2013-2014 WI DPI Rating - 69.1 (Meets Expectations) 


Memorial High School
2013-2014 WI DPI Rating - 76.6 (Meets Expectations) 



Putnam Park is a natural area which is 230 acres.


(All distances estimated from center of neighborhood)

Downtown Eau Claire: 1.1 miles – 4 min

Oakwood Mall: 4.2 miles – 9 min

HWY 53: 1.5 miles – 5 min

I-94: 7.0 miles – 13 min

Chippewa Valley Regional Airport: 6.5 miles – 15 min

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Location: The Third Ward Neighborhood is just north of Harding Ave, south of Putnam Park, west of Putnam Park, and east of the Chippewa River.