Coast Guard Station Alexandria Bay

Ninth District

45864 Landon Road, Wellesley Island, NY 13640
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ABOUT

Coast Guard Station Alexandria Bay’s missions include Search and Rescue, Maritime Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, Ice Rescue, Recreational Boating Safety, Drug and Alien Migrant Interdiction, Military Readiness, and Environmental Response. The area of responsibility is from Cape Vincent up to the St. Lawrence River to Massena to the United States / Canada border. This station has had Coast Guardsman serving on it dating back to 1947. The station currently has two response boats and one airboat.
There is currently no housing on base for incoming recruits, but there is government owned housing on Ft. Drum available with a 1-2 month wait. Another option is economy housing in Alexandria Bay, Clayton and Watertown. The average cost of a two-bedroom apartment in the area is $550-800 without utilities included. The BAH rate for an E2/E3 is $948 with no dependents and $1,266 with dependents.

The nearest military facility and commissary is 20 miles away from the station in the Army Base Ft. Drum. The different jobs available for assignment are Communications Watch Stander, Tactical Boat Crewman, Boarding Team Member and Ice Rescue.
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ARRIVAL

The closest airports are Watertown International Airport located 33 miles from base and Maxson Airfield located 2 miles away from base.

Directions from Watertown International Airport:
Get on I-81 S in Orleans from County Rd 100 and County Rd 100A
Follow I-81 S to NY-12F W in Watertown
Take exit 46 from I-81 S
Follow NY-12F W to your destination in Hounsfield
Station Alexandria Bay is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week including holidays and days of no scheduled activities (DONSAs).

If your arrival is at Watertown International Airport it is your responsibility to coordinate and complete your travel to Alexandria Bay. Ensure that you save all of your receipts so that you can make an appropriate travel claim when you in-process the installation.

Resources

TRICARE Information and News

 

For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.

 

Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.

 

The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.

FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a New York school, a child must be 4 years 7 months before the first day of the school year. Check with the school for other requirements.

In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.

Alexandria Central School District

If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.

FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars. ​
​If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.

Child Care Aware: Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.

Military Children and Teens Resource Guide

New York State Department of Child & Family Services (518) 402-3038
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.

New York State Department of Health (518) 869-4527

Jefferson County Humane Society (315) 782-3260

Village of Alexandria Bay Police Department (315) 482-3039

New York State Police (315) 782-2112
Base Operator (315) 482-2574
Suicide Prevention Hotline (315) 772-9018

Housing

There is currently no housing on base for incoming recruits, but there is government owned housing on Ft. Drum available with a 1-2 month wait. Another option is economy housing in Alexandria Bay, Clayton and Watertown. The average cost of a two-bedroom apartment in the area is $550-800 without utilities included. The BAH rate for an E2/E3 is $948 with no dependents and $1,266 with dependents.
Watertown
29.3 miles from base
Watertown is a medium-sized town with many different housing options available.
Fort Drum
23.6 miles from base
Fort Drum is a quiet, rural town with many outdoor activities to enjoy and different housing options available.

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Community

In Alexandria Bay, the summers are warm and partly cloudy, and the winters are freezing, dry, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 11°F to 79°F and is rarely below -9°F or above 86°F.

The wetter season lasts 8.2 months, from April 8 to December 14, with a greater than 28% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 36% on October 7. The drier season lasts 3.8 months, from December 14 to April 8. The smallest chance of a wet day is 21% on January 31.

The warm season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 29 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 69°F. The hottest day of the year is July 27, with an average high of 79°F and low of 62°F. The cold season lasts for 3.2 months, from December 5 to March 13, with an average daily high temperature below 38°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 11°F and high of 27°F.
Residents in Alexandria Bay, NY enjoy a cost of living index of 91. This index is 23% lower than the New York average, and 9% lower than the national average.

The general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Alexandria Bay, NY, the average cost of goods and services is 1.3% lower than it is in New York, and it is 1% lower than the national average.
Alexandria Bay is not short of things to do, and neither are the towns around it. In town there is a drive-in movie theatre, you get to experience the feel of the older days as you drive in and watch a movie from your car. The next attraction in town is a go-kart track. Featuring a mile-long asphalt track, experience the thrill of a few laps! After you tire yourself out from that, you can wind down with an 18-hole mini golf course or try out the arcade!

While the other attractions are in other towns around Alexandria Bay, they are worth the 20-minute drive. In Watertown there is a mall to visit, with many shops and restaurants to stop at. If you’re not in the mood for shopping, you could try white water rafting while you’re there. Through Aro White Water Rafting you experience a fascinating trip on the Black River, both high adventure and family fun trips available.

While you’re in Alexandria Bay there are plenty of things to do in the area, but with the city being right on the border of Canada, get your passport ready to experience even more adventures! One attraction that is very scenic is the 1000 Islands Tower, on the Canada side. At the top of the tower, you get to see the 1000 islands and the St. Lawrence River. The elevator only takes 40 seconds to reach the first three observation decks, with beautiful views from 400 feet above the river.

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