Sparta

Once known for the healing powers of the local artesian springs, Sparta, Wis., is now most recognized as the junction of the Elroy-Sparta and La Crosse river bike trails. Sparta’s claim as the “Bicycling Capital of America” is based upon the first rail bed in Wisconsin to Ft. McCoy, the largest military base in the state. The quality of life in Sparta is second to none.

Enjoy the Elroy Sparta and La Crosse River State Bike Trails – a Rails to Trails Paradise! Fish, canoe, and hunt our more than 15,000 acres of public access lands. See a piece of the moon at the bike & space museum. The one room school house, grotto, endless parks, and railroad and doll museum make for peaceful, friendly relaxing days and nights.

In the winter, all of Memorial Park, including the golf course, is open for cross-country skiing. Snowmobiling and snowshoing are also popular winter activities in the Sparta area.

Although Perch Lake is one of the principal features of the golf course, Memorial Park, and Fisherman’s Park, it also is a unique feature in its own right. It has 32 surface acres with a maximum depth of ten feet and a mean depth of five feet. The lake has a native fishery of warm water pan fish, largemouth bass, northern pike, and some brown and rainbow trout.

The Sparta Butterfest Parade, with over 150 entries, draws thousands of people and is the most celebrated event of the Butterfest celebration, held the second weekend of June.