Looking for somewhere to get away from it all (with your airplane, of course)? If you’re after a west coast destination, it turns out the Minam River Lodge has a private airfield (7OR0). The grass strip is available for anyone interested in stopping by for a meal or a stay, though they do require a reservation for either.
According to the lodge operators, “The [runway] surface is grass with some gravel, and the strip is a little bumpy. There is a slight dog-leg at the south end. The Minam River parallels the runway to the east, and wraps around the runway at either end. There are numerous tree obstacles of various heights within several hundred feet of both ends of the runway.” Sounds like a fun destination, but not a strip is not for beginners and one that is best for planes suited for unimproved strips. The published runway length is 2,000 x 40 feet at an elevation of 3,589 feet. CTAF 122.9.
Minam River Lodge has been around since the 1950s, but the newly improved iteration will be opening this Memorial Day. Besides the grass strip, the only way to reach the lodge is by hiking 8.5 miles in. The lodge offers fishing, hiking, and horseback riding on its 126-acre property. Guests can camp with their airplanes or stay at the lodge. Just remember, it’s really a wilderness get-away—there’s no cell phone or internet service.
Learn more at Minam River Lodge.