The Red Cedar River runs from Chetek to its confluence with the Chippewa River, just south of Menomonie. The upper 20 miles are relatively shallow and wide with a brisk current and small islands; the perfect, peaceful float for beginners and families. The lower 15 miles parallel the Red Cedar State Trail. This 14.5 mile trail skirts along the steep walls of the Red Cedar Valley from Menomonie to its connection with the Chippewa River State Trail. Along its route, the river passes through the communities of Irvington and Downsville as well as the Dunnville State Wildlife Area. Bald eagles are frequently sighted on this river and can be found perched on the majestic white pines along this beautiful waterway. Fishing is a common activity on the Red Cedar River, well known for its large walleye population.