LOUISIANA - Fort Polk
LOUISIANA - Fort Polk
Last edited by Carly; 02-11-2008 at 04:48 PM.
I've been here at Fort Polk for about four months now. I happen to really like it here. It is one of the smaller posts, but one of the good things is that I never felt overwhelmed by living here. The housing here is decent. My advice for choosing housing would be to go with North Fort over South Fort. I've seen houses in both locations and for those who are going to be in a 2 bedroom, I'd choose North Fort even if the drive is a little bit farther. Picerne Military Housing in my experience has always been good about fixing things that are wrong with the houses. We've had very prompt services with any problems we've had.
There is a PX, Commissary, 4 shoppettes, a library and education center, 2 elementary schools, bowling alley, golf course, fishing pond, movie theater and a hospital and various other things here on post. I really like the library. It's not as big as what I'm used to, but they have a good selection for their size and a large computer lab for your use. The gym here is also one of my favorite things. There is a cardio area with a ton of treadmills, ellipticals and stair-stairsteppers, along with a rock wall, a basketball court, a huge room with all kinds of weight equipment and they offer a good selection of fitness classes. The ACS always has a ton of things planned throughout the month for adults and kids alike.
One of my only dislikes about Fort Polk is the outlying town of Leesville. There are no large chain sit-down restaurants and not a lot of shopping options. There really isn't a lot to do around the immediate area unless you drive to Alexandria, which is about 45 minutes away or Lake Charles, which is about an hour away.
Overall, I really like Fort Polk. I like the quietness and safe feeling I have here. Overall I gave it 4 stars.
I too am at Fort Polk. This is my first base and I am loving it. I live in South Fort and my home is really nice. Most of the homes in South Fort have been gutted and renovated now. So choosing a home should be about the layout you want now, not the condition you think it's going to be in. The new housing is actually less square footage, so we chose an older home. Although I must admit that Palmetto Terrace is very pretty to look at.
They have lots of plans for renovations here. We will be getting a new PX, the construction should start this month. They will be expanding the Commisary as well. They are going to continue building more homes and have a few more projects that they are working on (although I can't remember all of them for the life of me!).
There are LOTS of parks throughout the neighborhoods and each neighborhood will have a community center when they are finished with the "updates".
I also would give Fort Polk 4 stars. It's quiet and peaceful. They have everything you NEED for every day life. Ofcourse, I too wish they had more shopping and eateries close by. The good thing is that Houston is only 3 hours away. LOTS of great shopping there!
I live hre now, and I have lived here for just under a year. It is my first post also. I like alot of things about here, such as how quickly Pricerne Comes to fix any problems. They also come and spray for things like spiders within like 3 days. The back of our house is facing the wood line so when it rains they like to come inside. I also like that acs does have alot of good programs running. However, the hospital is terrible. It takes forever to get an appointment and some of their staff leaves something to be desired. Also if you have school age children the school systems here are also lacking in many areas. The drive is not really a big deal at all. After you go a few times it doesn't seem as long, you really get used to it. Over all I really do like it here, but I do have a huge problem with the hospital, and i have heard from many people that they have nothing but problems with their kids schools. My rating would be a 3.
fort polk sucks!!! your ike in the woods ad it takes a million years just to get to one place and the mall is a wal mart four thumbs down
i live on north fort duh and we have huge man eating snakes that the MPs wont come help you get rid of. talk about scarrry
I am from New Orleans, LA... I was stationed at Ft.Polk... So I basically know what yall mean about shopping and woods... I've grew up around it...LOL... So i'm basically use to it... But im so happy to be back at home... We have a nice place... 4 bedroooms,3baths, upstairs, swimming pool, hot tub, 3 car garage... It is so different when ur living on base(s)... The one in Shreveport is nice and quite...
Ok I have been to 5 posts so far and many have been near really small cities such as Ft Wainwright AK and Ft Drum NY, however, since moving to Ft polk a few weeks ago I have to say I am not that impressed and would rather be anywhere but here especially since the waiting list for on post houseing is 3 months. I have not had that long of a wait when we were in fort bragg. In addition, I have a new car that is taking a beating on the horriable roads in leesville and the pot holes. I think that when those of you who are at your first post in Ft. polk you will come to change your mind when you move to another post and see the alternative. This of course is not to say that Fort polk itself does not do as much as they can but you would think with us here leesville would step it up some and move their businesses out of all the trailers and run down shacks.
My husband's first duty station was Polk. We lived there a whole 8 weeks before we moved! However that was the answer to my prayers. Our house was large and had awesome closets. The base was ok. I HATED Leesville! I hated the WalMart there too! I have met people that said I just didn't have enough time. I was also there while a tiger was loose on post and they couldn't find him......
I've had my car for a year now, and after moving here my tires are so worn because of the stupid roads here. But its much worse riding in my husbands jeep because his tires are 35'' so you can feel everything. Gah!
I wish Sleesville.. I mean Leesville, would also step up but the town is owned by like 4 families and they wont sell the land!!
You'd think they would so there would be more business in Leesville and not in Lake Charles or Alex. Right?
((Forgive the scatterbrained and random fashion of my response please. It's late, and I'll forget to do this tomorrow. lol))
I'm at Ft Polk right now...and I have to say...I really dislike it too. The roads are TERRIBLE as people have said before. The worst I have ever seen. Leesville is ...*shakes head* I'm scared to sit on the grass in leesville. It's such a slummy city. And its really sad when the ONLY thing to do in a city...is go to a strip club. (theres so many here...) Not to cause offense to anyone... But I don't imagine a fun night out at a strip club. There isn't anything for kids to do.
Word of advice. Don't rent at Country Manor apartments if you chose to live off post. Our floors were so old that no matter how hard you scrubbed them your feet would still be black on the bottom within 15 minutes. The air conditioner and the heater causes random leaks in the house. (one that had flooded my two year olds room) Our oven didn't have knobs on it and maintenance wouldn't replace them. so it was always suprise see if I burnt or undercooked dinner. Or shower leaked constantly and they wouldn't fix anything. And they overcharged waaayy to much.
The sushi/japanese steak house has really yummy food. A bit expensive but worth it IMO. And Wagonmaster is pretty good too. Their rolls are amazing. Steak's not bad either. Those are pretty much your options for sit down. Then theres basic fast food options. Though for the amount of pregnant women there are here...none of them are open 24 hours.
oh yea, People drive soooo crazy here. You drive the speed limit and EVERYONE is tailgating you and trying to pass you. It's the worst driving I've ever seen...on the worst roads...I don't drive here...period.
Uhm what else...Oh! The stars are very pretty here. There seems to be lots of clear nights where you can see the stars. (I grew up in seattle with clouds and trees...so this is neat to me lol)
I haven't seen any snakes yet, but we have lizzards that live on our front porch....uhm...they bite.
The library wasn't as big as I was hoping for. But then...I am used to more city like populations than this. Theres a bowling alley on post too...so if you like to drink and throw heavy objects...you're good.
Oh, and if you don't live on post and like to play any sort of mmo (WOW, EQ etc..) your internet connection blows. They have sudenlink on post though and no one seems to have a problem playing there.
Your husband will likely complain about work alot... You see...theres a rumor...that...this place starts sucking your soul. And eating your smiles within a month...But don't let that scare you, it's not entirely true. Home is not a place...its the people you love. Just remember that and you'll be fine. ^.^
For all of those that are talking about nothing to do in Leesville...you're right, but are you guys going to other parts of the state, even places as close as an hour away?
There is TONS to do in Louisiana. We seriously found stuff to do every single weekend.
Natchitoches- they have an awesome Christmas festival, always have fun things in the summer like car shows and little festivals
Shreveport- art and craft shows, casinos, historic places
State Capitol in Baton Rouge
Pappy's in Lake Charles (best Bloody Mary's and po'boys in Lake Charles), the casino in Lake Charles that has an awesome spa
Faustos in Kinder
Plantation Homes south of Baton Rouge
The water park/amusement in Baton Rouge
Festivals galore. There is seriously a festival every single weekend.
National Historic Places (there are at least five in the state) Check nps.gov for the listing
shopping in Alexandria, plus Alexandria regularly has MMA matches
Plus Houston is only a few hours away!
That's just a small list.
You aren't going to find stuff around Leesville or DeRidder, that's a given, but there are places if you go out and look.
Ok so basically im tracking that Fort polk is what you make it... We are about to be on our way there. Here's my question... Im stuck trying to figure out if I should live on or off post... and if off post is better, what area's should I look in... btw we are moving there from hawaii so were in for a big change lol.... thanks ladys for any info..
Were stationed at Fort Polk now. I'm from the Lake Charles area and I understand what everyone is saying Leesville does suck lol. But that doesn't mean you have to right off the rest of Louisiana there are TONS to do here. I love Fort Polk better than Fort Bragg(crime is horrible there). DeRidder is a wonderful town to live in and find activities. My advice to others is you need to get outside and do things..lol thats where all the fun activities are!!
To Levi'smommy if you can't get a place on post I would recommend finding a place off post in DeRidder(or Beauregard Parish) the drive is only like 20mins. Good luck on yalls move!
I've been here almost four months now. I moved from a suburb of Chicago and it's been a pretty big adjustment. I've never been on any other army base besides Fort Polk, but here's what I think of it although I don't have anything to compare it to:
The base itself is fine. It's clean, and the houses are decent (although the people who used to live in our place had three dogs who messed up the living room carpet pretty bad, and they never replaced it.) I've never been worried about my safety while on base or anything like that, but I have heard that there are some burglaries around the holidays when a lot of people are off on leave. Picerne has always been helpful and quick to come out and fix anything in the house that gets broken and needs repairing. The commissary is clean, although it does get pretty crowded at times and you have to check the dates on things to make sure they're not expired or very close to being expired, which has happened a few times. The PX is alright too, nothing special to really talk about.
Almost everyone from around here has been friendly and nice, I definitely don't have any complaints about the people that I've come into contact with, on Fort Polk or in the surrounding towns.
The heat and humidity, I'm discovering, make this place pretty unpleasant from late May until fall. It gets HOT and the humidity is smothering, even at night. Maybe if you're from the south or are tolerant of this type of weather it isn't such a big deal, but to me it's one of the major downsides of living here. I haven't seen any snakes, although I've heard of people talking about them - I think they're more of a problem by the river that runs along the back of some of the neighborhoods in North Fort. I haven't gotten used to having to be on the look out for poisonous spiders though. We seem to have a ton of brown recluses in our back yard that all come out at night.
There's not a whole lot to do in this part of Louisiana. The surrounding town of Leeseville has a movie theater and a Wal-Mart and that's about it. There is an abundance of fast food and a few casual sit down restaurants (Catfish Junction, Hana's, Wagon Master, El Giro, and a couple of other Mexican restaurants that I've never been to.) Leeseville also definitely isn't lacking in bars and strip clubs, obviously a nod to the large male population a few minutes away on base. People drive to Alexandria (45 min. drive) to go to the mall there and some other big box stores like Target, PetsMart, Sam's Club which is ok but nothing special - the only appeal is that it has more stores than Leesville, but compared to basically any other city in the country it wouldn't be impressive. Lake Charles is a little over an hour away, and I've only been there once so I can't say much about that yet. I'll edit this once I go there.
If you want to do day trips, Baton Rouge is about 3 - 3.5 hours away and New Orleans is about 4.5 hours away. I haven't ventured down there yet, but again I'll edit this once I go there as well. Fort Polk is pretty close to the eastern border of Texas, so a lot of people drive to Houston (6 hour drive) which I've heard is a really nice city with good shopping.
There is a college with a campus close to Fort Polk called Northwestern State University. It's a very small campus and there aren't a ton of courses offered face to face, but there are a lot more online courses you can take through NSU. I'm pretty sure any other schools are at least an hour away from base, unless they're technical schools that I don't know about.
Basically this is a fine base with a bad location. It would probably be better if it were moved west of here towards Texas or south east of here closer to Baton Rouge and New Orleans. But I suppose if you've got a car and don't mind driving a few hours for entertainment then things shouldn't be too unbearable. Personally, if I had a choice I would move in an instant, and a lot of people around here seem to share my sentiment.
You know life as a military spouse is hard as it is. I am now active duty and my husband and I have switched places. He did his six years and got all his degrees. Now, it's my turn. So, I have been all over the World, England,Germany,Biloxi Mississippi, Georgia,NC bases,Portugal,Florida... and many more. Some to just stay at for weeks at a time and others lived on. My family is also military (my parents and ect..)
First, I want to say (this is in a nice tone too, so don't take it wrong) A base is what you make it and trust me there are worse bases then Fort Polk!!! You could be on a base that has barely anything with old old housing and in another country where you can't go to your family and where it rains 24/7 so your kids can't go outside ... so everyone goes stir crazzzzyy not to mention your in a foreign country where the food isn't so great and everything closes at 5 pm including the malls whom are 2 hours away.. and the driving really sucks and you have to drive on the other side of the road and God forbid your AMERICAN car breaks...
You get the point? I could go on...
IT was you make and as a military spouse you have to learn to be happy with what your dealt , if you don't you'll never be happy. Just be glad your in the states where you can run to a walmart in the middle of the night or on a holliday if you need something!!! lol..
If you go the opposite direction of Leesville there is quite a bit to do. Plus enjoy the history of the state and we all know their are tons of good old fashion ghosts stories.
The junior enlisted housing is scattered all over post and I'm sorry, but I don't remember all the exact neighborhoods. North Fort is Maple Terrace and Maple Terrace Hills. South Fort has more neighborhoods, but the housing isn't as nice in some of the neighborhoods IMO.
My fiance is stationed there, and I am not real excited about leaving Indiana. He also is not real excited about being there. I assumed it was because he was away from me, but after reading everyones posts I have to wonder if he is just being honest
If you stay around Fort Polk all the time, no you aren't going to like it. If you actually get out and go places and explore then it's no big deal.
My husband and I liked it there, but like I said we got out and did stuff. That makes all the difference.
My husband just got orders to go to Ft Polk and I am super excited. We are stationed in Germany right now and talk about nothing to do. We have a post office and a Burger King pretty much. Anything would be heaven to me after being here. I am from Texas and so I will be so close to home. I hate that everyone has so much negativity about the place. Either way I am super excited! Any of you still stationed there? We will be reporting there Feb 2011
I have lived in Deridder for the last 7 1/2 years with my family. I grew up in Massachusetts so i know what its like to miss being in the city. My mom is from here so after she divorced her husband (not my dad) we moved here to be with her family. She works on base as a government contractor so I have not only lived 20 mins from the base, its a part of my life. My DH was stationed here when i met him and was here for 5 years before he left. I am excited to get out of here and live in bigger cities, but i will miss it for sure. It's home to me now and as I am getting older I am starting to see the charm of this place and how it is improving. Polk has been having a lot of new construction and road work. The new PX looks to be nearing completion, so that's exciting! The housing is getting remodeled and revamped constantly and the new housing is really nice. The shopette's are really nice have a good variety of products.The community centers are finished in most communities and they have a pool, and clubhouse with a tv and dvd player, a fitness center, and other stuff i think. They are also really nice. My mom deals with soldiers arriving and leaving Polk everyday and most of them say that for them it all depends on your unit and how your treated in the unit. I think Polk is a place you will either love or hate.
P.S. There is a rumor that there will be a Chili's on/near post soon...but i'm not sure of the validity of that.
Hey!!! We have orders for Feb. 2011 too!!! So we will have to get together when we finally make it there. Good luck on the move!!!!
We just got here in March, so far it's not too bad, housing here is better then we expected and better than our last place in Fort Hood,Tx (although I miss Hood terribly). I live in North Fort in maple terrace. I really like it, it's quite. I will say Polk different from Hood as in there's not much to do around here, but like others have said there's things to do once you venture outside Leesville. I definitely know why they call it Sleesville, its so dirty and old looking, I personally like DeRidder so much better, would rather drive 20 mins to go to the Wal-Mart or anything there! I hate the Louisiana roads!!!! Btw, I heard the Chili's is set to break ground in June...but you know rumors! lol...We do have a new PX, its nice, we have a Starbucks, which I'm excited about,lol...Oh btw, if you are looking for a Job and expect help from Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, you're in for a rude awakening, they are not much help, and pretty rude....but that's been my experience...I guess I was expecting the treatment I got from CPAC in Fort Hood, they were wonderful!....anyway, once I've been here longer I will post again....btw, any of you ladies still here at Polk?
I will be at Fort Polk next month, and am excited. This will be my first time on a military base, and I'm anxious to see the differences between military life and the life of a civilian. I have read the reviews on this perticular post and from what I gather, it seems I'm going to have to make my own decision.. lol.
No matter how long you're gone from me, I'll still be here waiting patiently!
Have you moved to Fort Polk yet? I'm moving there in June, my fiance is also stationed there, and I'm moving there from Indiana, I think that is pretty interesting that we both have a guy at Polk and we are both from Indiana... talk soon...
Not too much longer and we will be leaving Germany and heading to Ft Polk. So much to do with the move. My husband's report date is August 7th. They say housing for a 4bdrm will be between 1-2 weeks. I sure hope they are right. I'm very anxious about the move. Anyone have pictures of the housing?
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Hi we will also be there Feb. 2011. Can't wait to meet you!!! Lisa
I lived at fort polk for about 8 months. Overall the base is really nice there is a lot to do on base but once you leave there is nothing to do unless you go to Alexandria or Shreveport or Lake Charles. I moved from Fort Polk about a year ago to Miami, FL and I love it here!! Although I miss the base at Polk, here we have no PX, no Commisary no bowling, golf, fishing NOTHING!! The only thing we have is a small shopette that has the basic essentials for the uniform and for the soldiers and of course alcohol...I have to say I dont miss Fort Polk at all. The house we had was pretty crappy but had not yet been renovated so it might be better now. Im hoping that I dont have to go back to Fort Polk but you never know.
Overall Id give the base a 4.
Well we finally made it here. We have been in the hotel on post for about a week and a half. The post is very nice. Still waiting on housing which really sucks, but we are glad to be back in the states.
I will be going to Polk about Feb...Can any of you recommend any particular housing? I called and they told me if we had a preferance we could choose and we were looking at Maple Terrace....Any suggestions?!