BY ROB SCHUETTE, Public
help guests get the most out of their stay at the Pine View Recreation
Area can be rented from the Equipment Check-Out Center, building 8053.
Shirley Glover (left) helps a
Pine View patron get the assistance he needs in the Equipment
(Photo by Rob
a Pine View recreation assistant, said summer-type items still are
renting well even as the season winds down with the Labor Day weekend,
which ends Monday, Sept. 7. The public is welcome to use the area.
Discounts may apply for military and civilian-eligible patrons, who
also can use the equipment off post.
"We have a
lot of items that people are still using, such as boats and motors,
the pontoons, grills, picnic pavilions and camping lots," Glover
said. "The lodging areas are open year-round so we have people
using the equipment for much of the year."
personnel undergoing demobilization at Fort McCoy check out grills to
use for unit functions, she said.
personnel also rent fishing poles and equipment to enjoy the sport.
Boats are used well into the fall.
facilities are available for use until it begins snowing, Glover said.
Pine View still
has some special summer season events, including the Old Fashioned
Country Weekend Aug. 28-30, Labor Day Weekend Sept. 4-6, and the
Re-Cycle Race at 9 a.m. Sept. 26.
attending the Aug. 28 Army Concert Tour are welcome to stop at Pine
View to join in the Aug. 28-30 weekend activities. The Labor Day
Weekend also will include a Rock Band Contest.
The events are
open to the public, and participants do not have to stay at Pine View
to participate in the activities.
In the near
future, the focus will shift to the fall hunting seasons as the fall
turkey and small-game seasons and then the deer-hunting seasons
approach, Glover said.
Glover said the
lodging/camping facilities are available for use year-round.
A project also
is nearing completion to upgrade camping sites and to build a new
cabin should be completed by the next summer season, Glover said. The
camping sites offer amenities, including water/sewer, electricity
and/or cable hook-ups.
Pam Budda, Fort
McCoy Outdoor Recreation manager, said Pine View also rents Paint Ball
and Laser Tag facilities, which are located near Whitetail Ridge Ski
Area. The sites are open for use by the public.
Tag site is a great military unit trainer," Budda said.
"They can learn tactics, such as taking a hill."
the sites also are used by many groups, including youth from Boys and
wants to rent these sites is requested to provide 48 hours notice, so
proper supporting personnel can be provided.
Pine View also
is pet friendly as long as pets are kept on a leash and are under
control, Glover said. Pets must be cleaned up after and are not
allowed in rental units.
can be made in advance and currently are being accepted for the 2010
items for rent include sport game sets (volleyball, softball and
horseshoes), canopies, bicycles and helmets (helmets must be worn when
riding bicycles on Fort McCoy), garden tillers, wood splitters and
generators, among others.
available online at the Fort McCoy Morale, Welfare and Recreation
(MWR) Web site at http://www.mccoymwr.com,
by clicking on the Pine View Campground section. Discounts may apply
for off-season rentals, rentals by military and authorized civilians
and people holding Golden Age Passports.
can be done online or by calling 800-531-4703 or 608-388-3517.