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    Enjoy fall at Fort McCoy’s Pine View Campground

    Enjoy fall at Fort McCoy’s Pine View Campground

    Photo By Scott Sturkol | A fall colors scene of Trout Falls on the La Crosse River in the Pine View Recreation...... read more read more

    Fort McCoy’s Pine View Campground’s busy 2023 summer season is over fall brings continued recreation opportunities at the installation destination.

    The campground has a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities available to people who want to stop by this unique campground nestled in Pine View Recreation Area, said Recreational Specialist Alex Karis with the Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

    “Pine View Recreation Area offers four-season, year-round activities to include camping, hiking, fishing, and more,” Karis said. And in the fall, there’s lots to enjoy as well.

    “In the entire Pine View Recreation Area there’s opportunities to enjoy some fantastic outdoor recreation opportunities,” he said. “This is a wonderful place with lots to offer.”

    Pine View Campground is part of the Pine View Recreation Area. Celebrating 51 years of use in 2023, Pine View Recreation Area includes hundreds of acres of publicly accessible land with miles hiking trails, the La Crosse River that’s home to several species of trout, Trout Falls on the La Crosse River, Suukjak Sep Lake and Suukjak Sep Creek, the campground, Whitetail Ridge Ski Area, and Sportsman’s Range.

    Karis noted that seeing fall colors, especially around Trout Falls, is as picturesque as it gets. “If you want to see something incredibly beautiful, then come see Trout Falls,” Karis said.

    One activity includes participating in Wisconsin’s fishing season, which prospective anglers can partake in along the La Crosse River in the Pine View Recreation Area near the campground. The annual Wisconsin trout season continues through Oct. 15. Anglers must have the required Fort McCoy fishing license and related Wisconsin fishing license and trout stamp to be able to fish on the installation. Learn more about fishing rules and requirements for Fort McCoy by visiting the Fort McCoy iSportsman page at

    “Suukjak Sep Lake also offers a place for anglers to try their hand at fishing,” Karis said.

    The lake was formerly known as Squaw Lake. The new name, Suukjak Sep, translates to “black wolf” in the Ho-Chunk language and was renamed recently. The lake is a man-made impoundment on Suukjak Sep Creek which was also recently renamed. The creek itself was named Squaw Creek sometime in the mid-1800s.

    Every spring the lake is stocked with hundreds of rainbow trout, too, and it has a natural population of other species of fish to include bluegill and bass. Fort McCoy fishing rules also apply for Suukjak Sep Lake and all permits and licenses are required. Refer to the Fort McCoy iSportsman website,, for more information.

    Also in late fall is hunting season at Fort McCoy and the campground remains open through November. Hunters can bring their campers or rent a camper during the ongoing archery season in October through November or the gun-deer season in November.

    And also nearby at the Sportsman's Range, which is part of the Pine View Recreation Area, that area will be open for sighting in deer rifles on specific dates — Oct. 28, Nov. 4, and Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Appointments can also be scheduled.

    Karis said the Sportsman’s Range also has a 3D archery range available for people hone archery skills before going out hunting.

    Pine View Campground visitors and recreation area visitors also, as long as weather permits, can set up a tactics paintball event, which is located next to Whitetail Ridge Ski Area. Pine View’s outdoor recreation staff needs just 48 hours notice that a group wants to play so they can make sure to have proper staff out there to support it.

    And there’s more, Karis said. The equipment-issue operation at Recreational Equipment Checkout also remains be fully available.

    Some of the services that are available at the campground include:

    • full-service campsites and cabins, including many new cabins.

    • fishing and hiking trails (for guests only).

    • lake/beach (no lifeguards on duty).

    • rental equipment.

    • shuffleboard.

    • miniature golf.

    • comfort stations (toilets/showers).

    • camp store (retail items, such as wood, are available via delivery to sites).

    • yurts, tent sites, and basic electric sites.

    • playgrounds and pavilions.

    • basketball, volleyball, and horseshoes areas.

    Karis added, “We have exceptional camp sites, cabins, and more. I encourage everyone to pay us a visit this fall. It’s worth it.”

    The campground reservation office is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To reserve a site or a cabin, call 608-388-3517. For additional information, such as rates and fees, go to

    (The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation contributed to this article.)



    Date Taken: 09.29.2023
    Date Posted: 09.29.2023 01:15
    Story ID: 454637
    Location: FORT MCCOY, WI, US

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