Fort McCoy Army Base
86th Training Division, 88th Regional Support Command, 181st Infantry Brigade, 426th Regiment, Wisconsin Military Academy, Wisconsin State Patrol, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion-25, Equipment Concentration Site 67, Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site, NCO Academy
35 South M Street, Fort McCoy, WI 54656
In Sparta, the summers are warm and wet; the winters are freezing, dry, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 9°F to 83°F and is rarely below -13°F or above 92°F.
The warm season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 22 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 72°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 83°F and low of 59°F. The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from November 26 to March 4, with an average daily high temperature below 38°F. The coldest day of the year is January 28, with an average low of 9°F and high of 27°F.
The wetter season lasts 6.1 months, from April 3 to October 7, with a greater than 25% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 40% on June 26. The drier season lasts 5.9 months, from October 7 to April 3. The smallest chance of a wet day is 10% on February 14.
Cost of Living
The overall cost of living in Sparta, WI is 11% lower than the Wisconsin average and 15% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Sparta, WI, the city’s goods and services are 5% lower than the Wisconsin average and 8% lower than the U.S. average.
Getting to Know the Area
Fort McCoy is located near the towns of Sparta and Tomah in Monroe County. The world’s largest bike – an old-fashioned high wheeler formed out of fiberglass – greets visitors to Sparta, known as the “Bicycling Capital of America.” Sparta offers access to several nationally known bike trails including the Elroy-Sparta State Trail, the first rails-to-trails bicycle route in the country. Tomah has many recreational opportunities, as well. Visit Lake Tomah for boating or fishing. The lake is known for its population of Carp, Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye. Tomah is proud to host the National Tractor Pullers Association’s (NTPA) “Budweiser Wisconsin Dairyland NTPA Super Nationals” each June in Tomah’s Recreation Park. Tomah’s Recreation Park is also home to the Monroe County Fair and many other local events. In addition, the area celebrates the Cranberry Festival each September. Both towns have several shopping areas, restaurants, parks, movie theaters, and annual festivals and celebrations to enjoy.
Some other points of interest include La Crosse River Trail, Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bicycle Museum, Tomah Sparta Raceway,Cranberry Discovery Center, and Humbird Cheese Mart.