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Re: long lost/uncharted/unknown Oregon airstrips...

I noticed several of the strips are listed as BLM strips. I thought it was already permissible to land on BLM owned land?
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Re: long lost/uncharted/unknown Oregon airstrips...

svanarts wrote:I noticed several of the strips are listed as BLM strips. I thought it was already permissible to land on BLM owned land?



Yup, you can land anywhere on BLM land as long as it is not a Wilderness or Wilderness Study Area, so all those on BLM land would be fair game. I believe Pinnacle Ranch and also Table Rock fall into a Wilderness Study area, hence why they are both closed now.
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Re: long lost/uncharted/unknown Oregon airstrips...

"Bates Airstrip" right next to Bates State Park near the junction of Highway 26 & Highway 7. Possibly an old USFS strip?

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Re: long lost/uncharted/unknown Oregon airstrips...

This strip is located on NF land near the headwaters of the South Fork of the John Day.

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Re: long lost/uncharted/unknown Oregon airstrips...

This strip I believe is located in Malheur National Forest, but not sure if it is privately owned or not.

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Airstrip? Middle of no where, SE Oregon.

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Another airstrip in the middle of no where?

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Possible airstrip paralleling the road in Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge?

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Re: long lost/uncharted/unknown Oregon airstrips...

I believe this is a USFS Airstrip in Winema National Forest.

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USFS Airstrip? Winema National Forest, west of Thompson Reservoir. Not many 80' wide FS roads that I know about....

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Re: long lost/uncharted/unknown Oregon airstrips...

Have you sent any of these to Chris to have them added to Shortfield.com? Maybe some of them are already there.
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Re: long lost/uncharted/unknown Oregon airstrips...

svanarts wrote:Have you sent any of these to Chris to have them added to Shortfield.com? Maybe some of them are already there.


Yeah some of them are on Shortfield.com, once I do some more research and find out a little bit more about some of these strips I'll start to post some on there :)
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Re: long lost/uncharted/unknown Oregon airstrips...

Cool. Nice to have all these strips in one repository.
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Re: long lost/uncharted/unknown Oregon airstrips...

Thanks to Scolopax for digging up these next two, both in the Kalamiopsis area.

Fish Hook Peak USFS Airstrip. Not much visible in any of the imagery of this strip.

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Collier Bar USFS Airstrip

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More info and pictures here: http://www.highway199.org/history/siskiyou-mountain-history/wilderness-airfields/
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Airstrip? Klamath River

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chosstronaut wrote:Airstrip? John Day River.

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I believe that it is known as Penny Flats. Been in there a few times. It's a pretty decent stop.
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Re: long lost/uncharted/unknown Oregon airstrips...

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Thanks! Yeah I would eventually like to try and compile a book "Airplane Camping in Oregon" essentially Oregon's own "Fly Idaho", I think that would be a pretty cool resource for Oregon pilots to have, and hopefully include a lot of these strips listed here. Any one agree?


I think that's an awesome idea. However, so many of these look like they are in need of attention and/or re-opening before they could be used and identified in a book like that???! That amounts to a lot of liaison work and time up front making contacts and cutting red tape. Or we could just start using them again like we never stopped! :D

Either way, I like the possibilities.

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He could note in the book that "some assembly is require" on the rough airfields. Work parties to the rescue!


Thanks a ton for compiling this information Choss! This is a great thread! I am ready to make time to help improve or restore any of these. The book sounds like a fabulous idea! I'd love to help on the gathering of info. Especially since I know it involves visiting the sites.
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Re: long lost/uncharted/unknown Oregon airstrips...

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Fish Hook Peak USFS Airstrip. Not much visible in any of the imagery of this strip.

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I believe the coordinates on the site are a little off, this strip looks like it actually could easily be re-opened again...


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Fish Hook Peak USFS Airstrip. Not much visible in any of the imagery of this strip.

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I believe the coordinates on the site are a little off, this strip looks like it actually could easily be re-opened again...


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I agree. If you put it on ground level and compare the view with the website picture it looks like that's the spot! 700 or less ft!
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Re: long lost/uncharted/unknown Oregon airstrips...

Jordan Valley Airstrip. Private land.

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