The Dakota name for the river is hahatun Wan Wjatpa. The Ojibwa rendered it the Chippewa. The Chippewa flowed 183 miles through Sawyer, Rusk, Chippewa, Eau Claire, Dunn, Pepin, and Buffalo counties. It carried natives and loggers from Lake Chippewa to the Mississipi River. Later paper mills with dams sprouted up regulating the flow of the water. The scenic rout along hwy 178 the river road is very delightful.