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Fort McCoy

Sparta, Wisconsin

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Information and Referral Services
2111 South 8th Avenue
Fort McCoy, WI 54656-5136

Phone 608-388-3505
Phone (DSN) 312-280-3505
Fax 608-388-4992
Fax (DSN) 312-280-4992

Mon - Fri 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sat and Sun - closed


Base Regulations

All state and federal regulations about cell phones, texting, seat-belt use, motorcycle safety, etc., apply at Fort McCoy. In some cases, federal regulations are more restrictive than state or local laws. 
A summary of regulations follows. Specific questions should be directed to the Directorate of Emergency Services at 608-388-2000.


  • All motorists and adult passengers in a vehicle must present valid photo identification to enter Fort McCoy.
  • People and vehicles are subject to search upon entering and while on military property. Unauthorized entry is punishable by Paragraph 18 U.S. Code 1382.
  • All motorists entering or operating a motor vehicle at Fort McCoy must be prepared to show proof of vehicle insurance and vehicle registration when requesting visitor passes or when asked to show such documentation.

Speed Limits

  • Paved roads within cantonment area: 30mph unless posted otherwise.
  • Range roads, training area roads and tank trails: 30 mph unless posted otherwise.
  • Passing troops: 10 mph (NOTE: Any group of troops has the right-of-way over all vehicular traffic on all roads on the installation.)
  • Pine View Campground: 10 mph or as posted.
  • Family housing areas: 15 mph.
  • Parking lots: 5 mph.

Cell Phones

  • Vehicle operators shall not use cell phones when the vehicle is moving, unless using a hands-free device (voice only, not texting).
  • Drivers needing to use their cell phones are encouraged to pull into a legal parking spot or to the side of the road.
  • Use/wear of any portable headphones, earphones or listening devices other than for hands-free cellular devices while operating a motor vehicle is prohibited.

Seat Belts

  • Seat belts are required for drivers and all passengers in vehicles at Fort McCoy. This is a primary-enforcement law in both Wisconsin and Minnesota.
  • Children weighing 40 pounds or less must be restrained by an approved child safety seat.


  • All operators must be properly licensed.
  • Prior to operating any motorcycle, Soldiers will successfully complete an appropriate Motorcycle Safety Foundation-based Basic Riders Course (BRC). Based on the type of motorcycle(s) owned and operated, Soldiers must complete either the Experienced Riders Course or the Military Sport Bike Riders Course within 12 months of completing the BRC.
  • Motorcycles must have headlights turned on at all times.
  • Operators and passengers must wear required clothing and safety equipment. This includes an approved helmet which meets Department of Transportation Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; eye protection that is American National Standards Institute Z87.1 impact-resistant; sturdy, over-the-ankle footwear that affords protection for the feet and ankles (durable leather or ballistic-type cloth athletic shoes that cover the ankles may be worn); long-sleeved shirt or jacket; long trousers; and full-fingered gloves or mittens made from leather or other abrasion-resistant material.
  • Motorcycle jackets and pants constructed of abrasion-resistant materials such as leather, Kevlar®, or Cordura® and containing impact-absorbing padding are strongly encouraged. Riders are encouraged to select personal protective equipment that incorporates fluorescent colors and retro-reflective material.


  • In marked parking lots, vehicles may not be parked straddling any white line(s).
  • Vehicles may not block vehicle traffic movement into or through parking lots.
  • Parking on grass or lawns is prohibited unless otherwise posted.
  • Parking on road shoulders is prohibited unless otherwise posted. Exceptions are cell-phone usage, loading or unloading passengers or equipment (15-minute limit), or mechanical failure, in which case, the hood of the vehicle should be raised to indicate mechanical problems.

Pedestrian Traffic

  • Pedestrians generally have the right of way at controlled or marked crosswalks or intersections. Fort McCoy follows Wisconsin law.
  • Pedestrians are encouraged to walk on sidewalks where available or facing traffic if walking on roadways.
  • Use/wear of any portable headphones, earphones or other listening devices while walking or running is authorized only on the half-mile track, which is located along O Street and East Eaton Road.

 Recreational Vehicles

  • All-terrain vehicles (ATVs), three- or four-wheeled vehicles, are not authorized for use on the installation.
  • Snowmobiles are authorized for use only on designated, open, state snowmobile trails.


  • Riders must wear approved bicycle helmets that meet safety performance standards established by the American National Standards Institute or the Snell Memorial Foundation for Bicycle Helmets.
  • A reflective upper outer garment is highly recommended, especially during periods of limited visibility. The reflective physical training belt may be worn in lieu of a reflective upper garment. 
  • Wearing/using headphones, earphones or other listening devices while riding bicycles is prohibited.

Registering Vehicles on Base

Fort McCoy has eliminated the vehicle registration requirement in accordance with ALARACT 343/2011.



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