The River Lights at Phoenix Park

The River Lights at Phoenix Park are downtown Eau Claire's signature lit landmark that can be seen and enjoyed from many areas of downtown.

170 energy-efficient LED lights transform the Phoenix Park Footbridge into a nightly light display that makes Downtown Eau Claire even more vibrant and exciting.

The River Lights have been made possible through an ongoing partnership among Downtown Eau Claire, Inc.the Rotary Club of Eau Clairethe University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, and the City of Eau Claire. 


You can light up the river and downtown in the color of your choice! Whether you're raising awareness for your cause, celebrating or remembering someone special, celebrating a wedding, or looking for a fun gender reveal - lighting up the bridge in your color is a creative way to make a big impact. Fill out the Sponsorship Application to get your special night scheduled. See the calendar below for already-scheduled events. 


Rates per evening: $200
Nonprofits: $100
$100 additional for a special light show, see application for full details

The program does not allow lighting for religious figures, religious or political events, and/or political campaigns. See full rates and terms for lighting sponsors.

Once your application has been approved, online payment can be made here:

Lighting Payment


The River Lights are scheduled to be lit every day from 5am to sunrise and sunset to 11pm.*


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April 2021

April 1-30 Sexual Assault Awareness Month


May 2021

May 1 Bridge2Bridge Race Series
May 19 Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce Eau What a Night
May 21 In Honor of Altoona High School Graduates
May 26 In Honor of Regis and Eau Claire Virtual High School Graduates
May 27 In Honor of Memorial High School Graduates
May 28 in Honor of North High School Graduates


June 2021

June 3 In Honor of McKinley Charter School Graduates
June 21-27 In Support of the LGBTQI+ Community Sponsored by Mayo Clinic


July 2021

July 2-4 Fourth of July


August 2021

August 31 International Overdose Awareness Day

September 2021

September 23 In Memory of Barbara Zanke
September 25 LeMay Gender Reveal


October 2021

10/1 - 10/14 & 10/16-10/31 Domestic Violence Awareness Month - Sponsored by Bolton Refuge House with a special lighting on 10/6 in recogniton of Bob's Day to honor Officer Robert Bolton. 
October 15 Developmental Language Disorder (RADLD.ORG)


November 2021

November 18 World Pancreatic Cancer Day, Sponsored by Immunovia

*schedule subject to change