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Fort McCoy: In-Depth Welcome Center (2022 Edition)
Fort McCoy: In-Depth Welcome Center (2022 Edition)Fort McCoy: In-Depth Welcome Center (2022 Edition)

Fort McCoy: In-Depth Welcome Center (2022 Edition)

Introduction

Welcome to Fort McCoy, located in the Coulee Region of West Central Wisconsin. The post is sitting on about 60,000 acres of land right off Highway 21 in the middle of Sparta and Tomah, Wisconsin. 450 military personnel and 2500 civilians work on the installation with about 3000 students on location as well. Fort McCoy is named for Major General Robert Bruce McCoy who was a distinguished veteran of World War I. You will find many things to do in your new home around Fort McCoy.

We hope this guide helps you get settled in your new posting and helps take some of the stress out of moving.

1. Where Is Fort McCoy?
2. Google Map View
3. Getting There–Fort McCoy Directions
4. Entering Fort McCoy and Post Amenities

5. Where Should I Live Near Fort McCoy?
6. Fort McCoy Schools
7. Fort McCoy Weather
8. Things to Do Near Fort McCoy

Where Is Fort McCoy?

Fort McCoy Welcome Center
35 South M Street
Fort McCoy, WI 54656
Phone: 1 (608) 388-2266

Hours:

  • Monday-Friday – 0600-1600
  • Saturday-Sunday – Closed
  • Holidays – Closed

Fort McCoy Map

Fort McCoy Directions

Driving Directions

From Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  1. Take I-94 W
  2. Stay on I-94 W, follow signs for I-90 W/I-39 N/Wis Dells/Eau Claire
  3. Take exit 143 for WI-21 toward US-12/Tomah/Necedah
  4. Turn left onto WI-21 W/E McCoy Rd
  5. Turn right onto South M Street
  6. Enter Fort McCoy through the Visitor Control Center

From Minneapolis, Minnesota

  1. Take I-94 E
  2. Keep right at the fork to stay on I-94 E, follow signs for US-10 E
  3. Take exit 143 for US-12 toward US-21/Tomah/Necedah
  4. Turn right onto US-12 E/I-94 ALT/N Superior Ave
  5. Turn right onto WI-21 W/W McCoy Blvd
  6. Turn right onto South M Street
  7. Enter Fort McCoy through the Visitor Control Center

From La Crosse Regional Airport

  1. Turn left from Airport Dr onto Fanta Reed Rd
  2. Turn right onto Dawson Ave
  3. Turn right to merge onto I-90 E toward La Crosse/Madison
  4. Merge onto I-90 E
  5. Take exit 28 for WI-16 toward Sparta
  6. Turn right onto WI-16 E/WI-16 Trunk E
  7. Turn left onto County Hwy A/County Rd A
  8. Turn right onto WI-21 E
  9. Turn left onto South M Street
  10. Enter Fort McCoy through the Visitor Control Center

Greyhound Bus Station in Tomah, WI

  1. Head west toward I-94 ALT/N Superior Ave
  2. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto I-94 ALT/N Superior Ave
  3. Turn right at the 1st cross street onto WI-21 W/W McCoy Blvd
  4. Turn right onto South M Street
  5. Enter Fort McCoy through the Visitor Control Center

Amtrak Station in Tomah, WI

  1. Head east on W Washington St toward W Benton St
  2. Turn left onto I-94 ALT/N Superior Ave
  3. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto WI-21 W/W McCoy Blvd
  4. Continue to follow WI-21 W
  5. Turn right onto South M Street
  6. Enter Fort McCoy through the Visitor Control Center

Flights To Fort McCoy

You’ll be flying through La Crosse Regional Airport that’s just under an hour of drive time away from Fort McCoy. The largest International Airport near post is out of Minneapolis from Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport. You’ll be able to find any amenities and transportation you need from either of these main hubs.

Fort McCoy Transportation Office

Fort McCoy Household Goods/Transportation Office
200 East G Street
Fort McCoy, WI 54656
Phone: 1 (608) 388-3060
Hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 0730-1600
  • Saturday/Sunday: Closed
  • Federal Holidays: Closed

Entering Fort McCoy and Post Amenities

Entering Fort McCoy and Post Amenities

All drivers on base must have a valid military ID, veterans or retiree ID, a valid driver’s license, and a valid driver’s insurance card. All visitors must stop by the Visitor Control Center located off of South M Street as you enter the post from the south.

Check-in Procedures for Incoming Personnel

For all military personnel arriving during duty hours, you must report to the Visitor’s Center next off of South M Street. You must have a visitor’s pass while on the installation, and you must in-process through your assigned unit on post. You will need these items for your processing appointment: orders, and mandates, envelope from your losing post, any graduation certificates that apply, and all travel receipts. And remember, if you are bringing any dependents with you, bring all legal documentation that applies.

Fort McCoy Visitor Center

Fort McCoy Visitors Control Center
35 South M Street
Fort McCoy, WI 54656
Phone: 1 (608) 388-2266

Hours:

  • Monday-Friday – 0600-1600
  • Saturday-Sunday – Closed
  • Holidays – Closed

Fort McCoy DEERS Office

Fort McCoy ID Card & DEERS Office
Building 35 (Main Gate)
Fort McCoy, WI 54656
Phone: 1 (608) 388-4563

Hours:

  • Monday-Wednesday & Friday – 08:00 – 15:30
  • Thursday – 09:30 – 15:30
  • Saturday-Sunday – Closed
  • Federal Holidays – Closed

Fort McCoy Main Gate Hours

Fort McCoy has two gates and a third under construction. The main gate is off of WI Hwy 21 between Sparta and Tomah that takes you past the Visitor Control Center. The other Gate, Gate 20, is the primary Commercial CVIP Gate.

  • Main Gate: Open 24/7
  • Gate 20: Every day from 0500-1700

Fort McCoy Commissary

Fort McCoy Commissary

1537 South J Street
Fort McCoy, WI 54656
Phone: 1 (608) 388-3542

Fort McCoy Commissary Hours

  • Monday-Saturday: 1000 – 1800
  • Sunday: Closed

Fort McCoy PX

South J St.
Bldg. 1538
Fort McCoy, WI 54656
Phone: 1 (608) 269-5604

Fort McCoy Exchange Hours:

  • Monday-Saturday: 0600 – 1900
  • Sunday: 0900 – 1600

Fort McCoy Barber Shops

Fort McCoy Barber Shops

South J St.
Bldg. 1538
Fort McCoy, WI 54656
Phone: 1 (608) 269-1710

Fort McCoy Barber Shop Hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 0900 – 1700
  • Saturday: 0900 – 1300
  • Sunday: Closed

Fort McCoy Post Office

1654 S 11th Ave.
Fort Mccoy WI 54656
Phone: 1 (608) 388-3805

Fort McCoy Post Office Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 0930 – 1600
  • Saturday: 0930 – 1200
  • Sunday: Closed

Fort McCoy Finance Office

Fort McCoy Finance Office

1948 South 11th Avenue
Fort McCoy, WI 54656
Phone: 1 (608) 388-2211

Fort McCoy Finance Office Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 0730-1600
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed

1644 South 11th Avenue
Fort McCoy, WI 54656
Phone: 1 (608) 388-2165

Fort McCoy Legal Office Hours

  • Monday-Friday: Call for an appointment
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Fort McCoy Library

1571 South 9th Ave
Bldg. 1571
Fort McCoy, Wisconsin 54656
Phone: 1 (608) 388-3213

Fort McCoy Library Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 11:00 – 20:00
  • Saturday-Sunday: 11:00 – 16:00
  • Holidays: Closed

Hotels Near Fort McCoy, WI

Hotels Near Fort McCoy, WI

Fort McCoy is smack in the middle of Tomah and Sparta, Wisconsin. So you will have options for hotels in both of the nearby cities.

1. Best Western Tomah Hotel
1017 E McCoy Blvd.
Tomah, WI 54660
Phone: 1 (608) 372-3211

2. Cranberry Country Lodge
319 Wittig Rd.
Tomah, WI 54660
Phone: 1 (608) 374-2801

3. Quality Inn
305 Wittig Rd.
Tomah, WI 54660
Phone: 1 (608) 554-1559

4. Country Inn & Suites by Radisson
737 Avon Rd.
Sparta, WI 54656
Phone: 1 (608) 269-3110

5. Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Tomah
115 W Andres St.
Tomah, WI 54660
Phone: 1 (608) 374-2050

Where Should I Live Near Fort McCoy?

Where Should I Live Near Fort McCoy?

If you’re considering living on post, check out the available on-post housing options. Otherwise, read on to find out more about living off post.

Major Cities Near Fort McCoy, Wisconsin

Fort McCoy is located in the middle of Sparta, Wisconsin, and Tomah, Wisconsin. Tomah is about 15 minutes away from the post, and Sparta is just over 20. Northwest of Fort McCoy is Minneapolis, Minnesota, which is about 2 hours and 45 minutes away. In the other direction to the southeast, you’ll be about 2 hours and 40 minutes from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Best Places to Live Near Fort McCoy

Tomah

Tomah, Wisconsin, offers a short commute to Fort McCoy, considering it’s only 13 miles from the post. If you have school-aged children, you will enjoy a good school system here in this military-friendly community. Golfers will also love to set up a tee time at a selection of golf courses, including Holiday Lodge Golf Resort and the VA Hospital Golf Course.

Sparta

Sparta, Wisconsin, is a small town of 8,600 people where you’ll find a tight-knit community. McPherson’s Guitars and Century Foods make their headquarters in Sparta. Being just 12 miles from Fort McCoy, you’ll have easy access to the post in this laid-back community.

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Fort McCoy School Options

Fort McCoy School Options

Fort McCoy has no elementary or secondary schools on post. For school-aged children living on post, they will be bused to the Sparty area for schooling. Tomah, WI also has a school system for those living off base in that area. The school districts in the area are Holmen, La Crosse, Onalaska, Sparta, Tomah, West Salem, and Bangor. Depending on where you live will determine the school district your student will attend. You will have a wide range of schools to choose from, so be sure to know what’s near you based on location. For students on base, Fort McCoy is located in the Sparta school district.

Check out our full guide to Fort McCoy schools for a more detailed rundown.

Fort McCoy Weather

Fort McCoy Weather

At Fort McCoy, you’ll experience a wide range of temperature changes throughout the course of the year. This is because of the continental climate in the region. July can see temperatures reach the 80’s (Fahrenheit), making summers comfortable and warm. But winter can swing the complete other direction. Winter can reach into the lower 20s on average and can often get to the 0-degree mark. There is a significant amount of snow, with an average of 40 inches falling every year. You have a lower than average chance for tornadoes in the area, but you should always be prepared for severe weather in the Midwest.

Things to Do Near Fort McCoy, WI

Things To Do Near Fort McCoy, WI

Fort McCoy has a sprawling natural landscape surrounding it in all directions. Just north of the post is the Black River State Forest that spans for 68,000 acres. You’ll enjoy glacial lake beds, sandstone hills, and bluffs that make up the natural beauty of this area. Southwest of Fort McCoy is Eureka Maple Woods State Natural Area that covers 135 acres of forestland. The area is open to hikers, skiers in the winter, hunters, trappers, and fishermen. The Tomah area also has some sights and attractions, including locally made cheeses at Humbird Cheese and Ho-Chunk Gaming.Connect with military-trusted businesses and deals exclusively at MyBaseGuide.com.

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Conclusion

Relocating can be a stressful experience, but we hope this guide has given you a clearer picture of the area surrounding Fort McCoy. We hope that you find your next adventure here around the post, whether in the Tomah area or the many natural getaways in and around Fort McCoy.

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