Fort Drum - On and Off Base Information

Fort Drum (Ft.) Housing and Information:

Location: Located near Watertown, NY, in Jefferson County, Fort Drum is situated in one of the most unique and beautiful areas of the United States. Fort Drum is approximately 30 miles from Canada, with the Great Lakes to our west and the Adirondack Mountains to our east. Fort Drum is home to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 10th Mountain Division; two Brigade Combat Teams; and about 40 tenant organizations. The surrounding communities are very supportive of our military Service members and Families. 

Cost of Living: Watertown, NY cost of living is 3.1% higher than the U.S. average. High utility costs in the winter increase the cost of living during the winter season.  New York has some of the highest property taxes in the nation.

Base Operator: 315-772-6011 or DSN 312-772-6011

Area Population: Watertown, NY: 27,823; Jefferson County: 119,504

Schools: None on post. Students living on the installation attend school in Indian River Central School District and Carthage Central School District.

Army Community Service:  ACS 315-772-6557

Housing: Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes, LLC, a partnership between the U.S. Army and Lendlease, provides quality privatized on post communities for families stationed in the North Country.

Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes (FDMCH) maintains 3,782 homes on post varying from 2 - 5 bedrooms. Each home comes equipped with garage & automatic opener, private outdoor space, ample storage and washer & dryer hookups. Your rental rate covers utilities, weekly trash & recycling pick up, 24-hour emergency maintenance response, the assistance of a dedicated property management staff and an exclusive invitation to take advantage of all Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes' amenities and events.

We encourage every applicant to start the advanced application process in order to have the most time to plan their on-post move. Contact us today at 315.955.6644 or

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The overall housing market in the local Fort Drum area changes with deployments and re-deployments greatly affecting occupancy rates. Contact FDMCH at (315)955-6644 or Army Community Housing (ACH) at (315)772-9397 or DSN (315)772-9397 for assistance with your off post housing search.

Base Location

10000 10th Mountain Division Drive
Fort Drum, NY 13602

Blog Posts

Fort Drum, also known as the Army's Best Kept Secret, is located in upstate New York. When my husband called me to tell me we had received orders there, I was shocked to find out it even existed! Being our first army post, we were unsure of the surrounding areas and elected to live on-post. Over the three years that we were there, we learned and visited the most popular areas off-post as well as all of the neighborhoods on-post. On-Post Housing Near Ft Drum On post housing is broken up into four different communities: Monument Ridge, Adirondack Creek, Crescent Woods, and Rhicard Hills . We li... read more

The first time I stepped into Destiny USA, I couldn’t believe I was in a mall; this place was so large, it felt like it’s own city! Destiny USA is more than just a mall though, it’s a 2.4 million square foot complex filled with restaurants, shops, and entertainment! The closest mall to Fort Drum is Salmon Run Mall located in Watertown, but to be honest with you, the options there are very slim. Destiny USA has every store you can possibly imagine and with four levels of fun, there’s something for everyone. Some of my favorite things to do at Destiny USA: Shopping: Obviously, shopping is one o... read more

Fort Drum in Jefferson County, New York, may be stereotyped as the coldest place in America. At least that's what I heard before I moved here. I promise you, there are so many fun things to do near Ft. Drum in the spring and summer Once it starts to heat up and the snow melts, it's like a totally different place! Here are a few of my favorite things to do in the North Country: Uncle Sam's Boat Tours: There are a couple of different tours you can choose from. We've taken the Millionaires Row and Two Nation Tour. You'll cruise the 1,000 Islands as history is narrated and you travel through US a... read more