FORT HOOD

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HUNTING, FISHING, ATV, SPORTSMEN’S CENTER

The Sportsmen’s Center is the one-stop shop for hunting on post. This center offers state hunting and fishing licenses and post permits. An added bonus for hunters and anglers here: Texas waives its fees for licenses for service members. There is a fully equipped pro shop. Check out its guided and unguided hunts. Seasonal fishing and hunting contests are frequently featured. Bow hunters are not forgotten, with supplies and bow qualification testing offered. The Sportsmen’s Center also operates an archery range and a trap and skeet range. Check out the Sportsmen’s Center, Building 1937 on Rod and Gun Club Loop, off North Avenue. Call 254-532-4552 for more information.

Obtain your permit for Fort Hood’s Area 111 ATV Park at the Sportsmen’s Center. The park offers varying terrain for riders of all skill levels. Annual Family packages can be purchased for $50, individual packages for $20 and one-day permits for $5 per person. The park is open during daylight hours only, and proper safety must always be observed. For more information, call 254-532-4552. Area 111 ATV Park is located on the corner of Clear Creek Road and West Range Road.

LAKE ACTIVITIES

BELTON LAKE OUTDOOR RECREATION AREA

BLORA is a beautiful 89-acre recreational facility nestled against Belton Lake. The facility offers fishing, swimming, boating and camping. The facility is 14 miles north of the main post. In the spring, budding trees and wild flowers are plentiful. At times, wild turkey and deer can be seen. During the drive out, motorists should look for cattle that roam freely on the ranges and watch for tactical vehicles. BLORA is near tactical training ranges. One-bedroom cottages (sleeps four adults) and two-bedroom cottages (sleeps six adults), equipped with full kitchens, linens, screened-in porches, barbeque and picnic tables are available for rent.

BLORA welcomes campers. Several acres are set aside for camping. BLORA features many RV pads, equipped with electricity and plumbing. Dump stations are available. Patrons can also enjoy a day on the lake with BLORA’s watercraft rentals, ranging in size from fishing boats to 36-foot party boats. Boater safety courses are offered regularly.

Anyone using BLORA has free use of Sierra Beach, paddleboats, hydro-bikes and boat ramps. On the beach are changing facilities, picnic tables and playground equipment. BLORA also features twin 300-foot waterslides that curve and plunge for hours of family fun. For smaller children, there is the Kiddie Wash water spray pad. Swimming is only permitted when lifeguards are on duty.

BLORA features several large pavilions perfect for unit functions. Most of these facilities are adjacent to playgrounds, athletic field and permanent restrooms. Pavilions must be reserved in advance, and reservation fee is required. Ask for specials just for unit and Family readiness group functions. In addition to pavilions, there are hundreds of picnic tables, some with grills for your use. Baseball, volleyball, basketball and horseshoes can be played at several locations. One of the most popular attractions is the challenging bike trails. The trails are designed to accommodate riders of all skill levels. BLORA is on Nolan Road, 14 miles northeast of main post. Call the reservation office at 254-287-2523/8303. The boat dock office telephone number is 254-287-6073/5526.

PAINTBALL

There are three courses for all paintball enthusiasts to enjoy, from beginners to experts. For $30 per person, individuals will receive a marker, hopper, safety gear, 500 paintballs and unlimited air, but if you have your own paintball equipment, the cost is $25, which includes 500 paintballs and unlimited air. Group rates are also available for $25 per person. The course is open to the public (10 years old or older). Players 10 to 17 years old must have guardian signature to play. The course is open Saturday, Sunday and many holidays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (daylight hours) and Monday through Friday by appointment. The course is closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The fields are off Liberty Hill Road near the entrance to BLORA. BLORA is on North Nolan Road, about 10 miles from East Range Road. Access to the park is also available via Sparta Road off FM 439. For more information, call 254-287-2523.

FISHING

BLORA features an enclosed floating dock with three interior fishing wells, interior and exterior seating, heated in the winter. Guided fishing trips and youth fishing derbies offered quarterly. Resale shop offers bait, tackle and camping supplies. Watercraft rentals at the boat dock. State of Texas boating safety courses are offered monthly. The facility is in Building 126 north on Nolan Road, 14 miles northeast of main post. Call the Marine Rental/Resale Office at 254-287-6073/5526 for additional information.

There are also many ponds on Fort Hood containing fish, and Stillhouse Hollow Lake, near Harker Heights, is an excellent place to catch the big one.

LIBRARY

CASEY MEMORIAL LIBRARY

Casey Memorial Library features books, reference, media, e-books, databases, computer and internet access, CDs, DVDs, videos, language tapes, story time, periodicals, newspapers, study areas, tax forms, microforms and interlibrary loans. Casey library is in Building 3202, 72nd Street and 761st Tank Battalion Avenue. For more information, call Circulation at 254-287-4921, Reference at 254-287-5202, Public Services at 254-287-2716.

LOUNGES

LEGEND’S PUB

Legend’s Pub is a great location for officers and their guests to end the day. Enjoy free billiards and darts all night long. On Friday, there’s great food, a DJ and karaoke. Legend’s has great decor and is a fun place for any type of party. The club is in Building 5782, 24th Street and Tank Destroyer Boulevard, near Club Hood. For more information, call 254-532-5073.

BACKBONE NCO LOUNGE

Backbone NCO Lounge offers NCOs and their guests a fun environment to enjoy a drink, pool, darts or watch the game. During football season, enjoy NFL Sunday Ticket at Backbone from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., showing every game on 42-inch flat screen TVs. Backbone NCO Lounge is in Building 194 on 37th Street. For more information, call 254-532-5073.

MOVIES

PALMER THEATER

Palmer Theater is in Building 334. It was recently renovated and now has a state-of-the-art Dolby system and plush seating. You can reach the movie hotline by calling 254-287-3066 for a daily listing of movies showing.

RENTALS

EQUIPMENT CHECKOUT CENTER

Equipment Checkout Center offers a long list of outdoor and party equipment rentals.

For camping: sleeping bags, tents, coolers, stoves, lanterns, heaters and port-a-potties.

Trailers: pop-up and tow behind recreational vehicle travel trailers and utility trailers.

Party items: climbing wall; dunking booth; folding chairs; tables; cotton candy, nacho, popcorn, snow cone and hot dog machines; coffee pots; and turkey/fish fryers. Tents and canopies, all sizes, with and without sides are available.

Sports equipment: basketballs, footballs, tug-of-war ropes, volleyballs, horseshoes, baseballs, push balls, tennis rackets, gloves, bats and croquet sets.

Specialty items: canoes, flat-bottom boats, grills, trolling/boat motors, spot lights, inflatable and interactive activities.

The center is in Building 4930, Clear Creek Road, across the street from the main PX. Call 254-287-1853 for more information.

ROOM RENTAL

Whether you are having a small or a large event up to 1,300 people, there is a facility on post perfect for your function. Choose from indoor to outdoor, elegant to rustic or maybe even a patio with a view. There are many settings to choose from, so contact these facilities to begin planning your special event.

AEROBICS AND SKATING CENTER

Building 324, 37th Street
Phone 254-287-5623

BACKBONE NCO LOUNGE

Building 194, 37th Street
Phone 254-532-5073

BELTON LAKE OUTDOOR RECREATION AREA

Building 126, North on Nolan Road, 14 miles northeast of main post
Phone 254-287-2523/8303

CLUB HOOD CENTER

Building 5764, 24th Street
Phone 254-287-2515

A central location for booking the Community Events Center, Club Hood and the Phantom Warrior Center.

THE COURSES OF CLEAR CREEK

Building 52381, Battalion Avenue, west of Clear Creek Road
Phone 254-287-4130

LEGEND’S PUB

Building 5782, 24th Street
Phone 254-532-5073

PATTON’S INN

Building 9212, Old Ironsides Avenue at 20th Street
Phone 254-287-8484

SPORTSMEN’S CENTER

Building 1937, Rod and Gun Club Loop, off North Avenue
Phone 254-532-4552

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