The Community of Spring Valley
Adjacent to the Main Day-Use Area is a large beach with some of the best water and sand in the vicinity for swimming or sun bathing. Two sand volleyball courts and picnicking facilities are also available.
Spring Valley has an active Chamber of Commerce and Municipal Development Committee and is eager to assist existing and new business with site, building, and financial packaging needs. A variety of federal, state, and local funding programs are available.
Twin Cities and Eau Claire media serve Spring Valley, along with the weekly Spring Valley Sun and other regional weekly newspapers. Cable service is provided by DeMarce Television & Cable. The Spring Valley Public Library provides access to local reference material and is linked with the regional Indianhead Library System.
Spring Valley residents and businesses have excellent access to job training resources, with technical instruction available at Chippewa Valley Technical College campuses in River Falls and Menomonie, just 18 miles away. Four other excellent technical schools are within an one-hour drive. The University of Wisconsin-River Falls and The University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, with a total of 13,000 students, offer a wide range of outstanding postsecondary programs and offer opportunities for internships and faculty consultations. The Spring Valley School District is recognized as one of the most innovative in the state, with participates in an active Community Education program. The West Central Wisconsin Private Industry Council and the Wisconsin Job Service, coordinating agencies for area job training and development, have offices in Menomonie.
The Eau Galle Flood Control Project with its dam, lake, recreation areas and channel improvements was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1958 as a result of repeated flooding in the Spring Valley area. The 630 acre project is located just north of Spring Valley, 50 miles east of the Twin Cities and 40 miles west of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
The large rolled-earth and rock-filled dam controls a 64-square mile drainage basin of the Eau Galle River, that flows into the Chippewa River and eventually enters the Mississippi River. The outlet structures include an uncontrolled morning glory inlet that releases water from the surface, and a vertical slide gate that releases water from the bottom.
In addition to providing downstream flood protection, the Eau Galle Flood Control Project provides numerous recreational opportunities and valuable habitat for native plants and animals.
Eau Galle Lake is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District. For inquiries and campsite or shelter reservations, please write or call:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The campground located on the north end of the lake within a mature stand of maples and other hardwoods, is open from May-October. There are 34 sites: 27 drive-on; 24 of which that have electrical hook-ups, and seven tent pads for those who enjoy the more primitive-style camping. Campsites can be reserved by contacting the Eau Galle Lake office at the listed number. For family entertainment and education, interpretive programs are conducted each weekend in the Interpretive Center, and a playground is available for younger campers. Firewood and water is provided free-of-charge at several locations in the campground.
Spring Valley is served by a local office of the River Falls Medical Clinic, with hospital and emergency care provided by the brand new Health One Medical complex in River Falls. The Spring Valley Health Center offers skilled nursing care and assisted living services.
The Spring Valley Golf Club offers an outstanding 18 hole course, and Crystal Cave offers a unique underground touring experience to Spring Valley residents and visitors alike. The Red Cedar bicycle trail is located just east of the Village, and several snowmobile trails provide access to western Wisconsin's extensive network for Spring Valley residents.
Eau Galle Lake (150 acres) is surrounded by two day-use areas, a beach, two boat launches, one campground, and several miles of trails. An abundance of largemouth bass, crappies, bluegills, and sunfish provide plenty of action for the angler year-round.
Spring Valley offers the combined advantages of a low cost, high value rural environment and close proximity to what Fortune magazine called the second best metropolitan area for business in the country.
The Minneapolis/St. Paul area is home to a concentration of Fortune 500 companies far beyond what might be expected for an area of 1.4 million people. Research and development is a major focus of both the Twin Cities universities and the private sector, making for a creative environment that supports new ideas and innovation. The area is a center for many industries, including medical devices, computers and information technology, food processing and agribusiness, plastics, automotive, and many others.
At the same time, the Twin Cities area has become a focal point for international commerce in the central United States and Canada. It is also a leading center for the arts and entertainment industry, with a full range of cultural offerings to suit anyone's preferences. This is the environment just one hour west of Spring Valley. Interstate 94 lies six miles north of the Village and offers easy access to the Twin Cities.
A key advantage of a Spring Valley location is the dramatic difference in business taxes between those prevailing in the Twin Cities area and those in Wisconsin. It is not uncommon for companies comparing locations to find workers' compensation rates in Wisconsin are half (or less) what they would pay in Minnesota. Additionally, commercial and industrial property tax rates are typically about 40% less than those in Minnesota, and rural locations typically have property valuations unaffected by metro-area inflation.
In Western Wisconsin, Spring Valley is also strategically located between the Twin Cites and the regional metro center of Eau Claire to the east; the Village is also midway between the University of Wisconsin campuses at River Falls and Menomonie. A twenty minute drive puts Spring Valley residents on either campus. Both schools have active interactions with industry and provide numerous opportunities for cooperative research, product or process-testing, part-time student workers, and full-time recruitment after graduation.
Spring Valley's historical economic base in the agricultural and forest products industries remains strong today, but local firms in other diverse industries have found Spring Valley to be a supportive local environment. Plastics, metalworking, recreation, and a range of service industries are also key segments of the local economy. These local employers find the Spring Valley area to be an excellent source of educated, adaptable, and conscientious workers as you might expect from a close-knit and supportive rural community.
Interstate 94 provides ready access to national and Canadian markets and lies five miles north of Spring Valley via Highway 128. This highway is designated as a "long haul" route, allowing tandem trailers the serve the Village. Regularly air passenger service is available to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and general aviation service is available at Menomonie, 15 miles east. Rail service is provided by the Chicago & Northwestern line, located approximately 12 miles north.
Northern States Power Company provides Spring Valley with electricity at rates that are among the lowest in the country. The City of Spring Valley's water supply and sewage treatment facilities have sufficient excess capacity to meet the city's needs for the immediate future. Natural gas is provided by the Wisconsin Gas Company and local telephone service is provided by the Spring Valley Telephone Company.
Spring Valley is located in an area of great natural beauty. One of the unique features in this area is Crystal Cave; the only natural, 3-level cave in the state.
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