SP Aircraft is equipped and specializes in short non paved runways.  Our pilots are all trained to operate on unimproved airstrips.  We are also obviously very comfortable on long wide paved runways.  Idaho is unique in the fact that it has so many airstrips to access its remote and rugged wilderness.  The back country and its airports is what inspires most of our pilots in doing what they love to do fly Idaho.

Atlanta

Located on the Middle Fork of the Boise River the airstrip services the community of Atlanta Idaho. This small town is home to several vacation homes a small population of year-round inhabitants.  Once a mining town it sits in the southern end of the Sawtooth Mountains.  The flight takes roughly 30 minutes from Boise, the drive is scenic but much longer from Boise.  There are several Hot Springs and fishing in the area, as well as numerous bread and breakfast resorts.

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Bernard

Historically, this sandy flat along the Middle Fork of the Salmon River was used by the Native Americans as a hunting and fishing camp. The airstrip was created in 1932 and has been in use ever since.  This is a popular spot for rafters and fishermen in the summer and often looks like tent city as the hunters converge in the fall to hunt deer, elk, and big horn sheep.

Big Bar

Located in the Hell’s Canyon National Recreation Area, this wide bluff provides an access point North America’s deepest river gorge.  Highlights here is the access to year round fishing, camping and hiking.

Big Creek

This airstrip is located at the top of the Big Creek drainage, which is one of the largest tributaries to the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Historically, this area was populated by miners during the Thunder Mountain Gold Rush. The Edwards family built and maintained two small buildings here, the ruins of which are still visible today. This airstrip provides access to the small community of Big Creek.  This is a jumping off point into the Frank Church Wilderness.

Bruce Meadows

Bruce Meadows

Bruce Meadows

This airstrip is used for numerous commercial operations during the summer, providing quick and easy access for rafters and rafting companies shuttling by plane into Indian Creek on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The airstrip sits in a large green meadow where it is not uncommon to see large herds of elk roaming early in the morning and late in the evening.  We have had times where we had to chase elk off the runway before landing or taking off.  There are several streams near by that are salmon spawning areas and excellent trout fishing.  Bring bug spray as there are both man eating swarms of mosquitos and horse flies with razor sharp pinchers.

Cabin Creek

Cabin Creek

Cabin Creek

Cabin Creek was once a homestead and exciting dude ranch.  It is now an excellent airstrip for accessing the world renowned trout fishing of Big Creek.  This is also a popular elk and mule deer hunting location.

Cayuse Creek

Located in the Clearwater National Forest, this airstrip provides access to the Powell Ranger District.

Chamberlain Basin

Chamberlain Basin

Chamberlain Basin

This airstrip accesses several historic homesteads of earlier Euro-American settlers. It is believed that the earliest settlers to access the Chamberlain Meadows were fur trappers in the 1830s. Today, this airstrip provides access for several hunting outfitters.  This is a high mountian meadows that once was full of one of the best elk herds in the state as well as a robust moose population.  Unfortunately do to the introduction of the grey wolf the populations are significantly below there historic levels.  There are several old homesteads, the best one to visit is Stone Breaker Ranch which is owned and maintained by Idaho Fish and Game.  There has been a strong return of chinook salmon returning to the area in the past several years.  Chamberlain offers cool air fresh springs, fishing and easy hiking.  Huckleberries and Morel mushrooms are also found in this area.

Cold Meadows

The US Forest Service established an outpost at this meadow in 1924, and an airstrip was built in 1932. It was renovated again in the late-1950’s and has been maintained and is still in use today. This airstrip provides access to the Payette National Forest. and the eastern side of the chamberlain basin.  Area still offers decent elk and deer hunting.  A good pack trip is hiking to black lake, which speaks for itself as you come over the ridge and see the large black mountain lake.  Good stream fishing and for the adventurers excellent lake fishing. Cold Meadows is appropriate name is it is cold even in the summer with its high altitude.

Deadwood Reservoir

Deadwood Reservoir

Deadwood Reservoir

Just a quick flight from Boise, this high-elevation airstrip is used largely by recreationalists who want to avoid the long and bumpy drive to the reservoir.  The reservoir is a popular fishing and camping location for Idahoans.  This airstrip is not for the uneasy passenger.

Dewey Moore

Named for the ranch owner who commissioned the construction of the airstrip, this airstrip once served as the access to the historic Routson Ranch at the confluence of Big Creek and Acorn Creek. The original buildings, built in the early 20th century and inhabited and maintained until the mid-1970’s, were later obtained and destroyed by the US Forest Service in 1975, and all remnants of this historic ranch were buried or removed.  The USFS does not maintain this airstrip and is a calm early morning airstrip.  Highlights include the exhilirating landing, excellent fishing, eating Deweys rhubarb that grows wild, and relaxing in one of the remotest parts of the Idaho Back Country.

Dixie Town

This airstrip provides access to Dixie Idaho, which is one of the most remote towns in Idaho.  Area offers various hunting opportunities such as bear, lion, wolf, elk, and deer.

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Elk City

This airstrip serves the small community of Elk City in central Idaho.

Fairfield

This little dirt airstrip serves the community of Fairfield, Idaho.  Literally just across the highway from down town.

Fish Lake

Fish lake is managed by the usfs and provides access to a high mountain lake.  Not uncommon to see moose in the lake. There is also a significant place to find huckleberries, as well as the Bears that eat them.

Flying B and Bernard airstrips

Flying B and Bernard airstrips

Flying B and Bernard airstrips

Flying B and Bernard are 2 airstrips located at more or less the same place on the middlefork of the salmon river.  They are 1/2 a mile apart.  Bernard is managed by the USFS and is a soft rough airstrip.  Flying B ranch is a very well watered grass runway with ranch accomodations as well as ownership opportunities.  This is a common resupply location for rafters running low on essentials of beer, ice, and other less essential things.  They offter ranch stays, meals, and even occasionaly unintentional entertainment.

Garden Valley

This wonderfull well kept airstrip serves the community of Garden Valley and Lowman.  We often pass overhead to further destinations and can offer reasonable seat prices to this quaint little town.

Graham

This airstrip allows access to the upper end of the north fork of the Boise river.  Sitting on the western edge of the sawtooth national recreation area.  Area provides great trout fishing, huckleberry picking, elk and deer hunting.  The USFS also rents out a small cabin for a very reasonalbe fee that is located on the airstrip.  This airport is also close to Boise but remote enough to get away.

Greene Valley Ranch

Greene Valley Ranch

Greene Valley Ranch

This is a private airstrip that provides access to a guest ranch.  Airport is located in Atlanta, Idaho.  There is access to fishing, hunting, hiking, and hot springing.

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Henry's Lake

Located in the northeast corner of the state this nice turf airstrip allows you to catch friends before they head off on that along waited fishing trip.

Idaho City

Only a 15 minute flight from Boise, or 45 minute drive.  What was the territorial capitol of Idaho is now a popular tourist town with all sorts of outdoor activities.  Either drive or fly it is fun little town to go enjoy.

Indian Creek

Indian Creek

Indian Creek

This airstrip at times is the busiest airport in the state with planes filled with rafters and gear make there way from various locations across the state.  This is where floaters of the middle fork of the salmon launch when the water gets too low.  Location provides camping, hiking, fishing, and hunting.  There is a USFS ranger station here and can be very busy July through September.

Johnson Creek

This pristine airstrip serves the community of Yellowpine Idaho.  The state of Idaho provides camping facilities with showers and coffee.  There is also a courtesy van to go to town and back.  We can get you there be it for visiting one fo the bed and breakfasts or to enjoy the world famous harmonica festival.

Krassel

This USFS airstrip that is located on the South Fork of the Salmon river.  There is fishing, hiking, and all the other various activities one can imagine in the Idaho Backcountry.

Landmark

This USFS airport is located in the high meadows of central Idaho.  This airport is often used for flying freight into the back country with its road accesability and long runway.

Lord Flat

This airstrip sits atop hells canyon providing incredible view of the canyon.  Access to hunting is superb as well as hiking and exploring this fantastic area.

Lower Loon/Simplot Ranch

This state owned airstrip is located on the Middle Fork of the Salmon river where Loon creek flows in.  Area provides access to hunting, fishing, hiking, ranch stays, pack trips, rafting, and one of the best hot springs in Idaho.  This is a morning only airstrip, all other times of the day are limited do to temperature and wind.

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Mackay Bar

Mackay Bar

Mackay Bar

This airstrip is private and very adamint about this.  We offer service to people wishing to fly in or out, but they must have permission from the ranch.  We can not obtain the permission you must be a guest with the ranch or make arrangements.

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Magic Reservoir

This arstrip provides surface right to Magic reservoir in south central Idaho.

Mahoney

Located on a flat above the Middle Fork of the Salmon this airstrip provides access to excellent hunting, fishing, and hiking.  We do not recommend this airstrip for float gear the river trail is rather steep and long.  In the spring this airstrip is covered in Elk and Deer as they spend a great deal of time wintering here.

Memaloose

This aristrip sits in the heavey timber on the Oregon side of Hells Canyon.  Scenery is great as well as the hunting and hiking.

Mile Hi

Mile Hi

Mile Hi

This airstrip sits on an old homestead and some of the remnants can still be seen today.  This runway is very rough and not for the faint of heart.  We are extremely cautious about time and load we take in here, this is a hazardous airstrip with no maintenance.

Minam River Lodge

Minam River Lodge

Minam River Lodge

This private airstrip is located in the beautiful Eagle Cap mountains in Oregon.

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Moose Creek

This gem of an airstrip is located on the selway river.  Our pilots always look forward to getting to go here.  This is a great fishing spot. An amazing hiking location.  Other activities involve morel picking and hunting.  The area provides lots of Cedar groves and cool clear streams.

Murphy Hot Springs

This airstrip provides access to the town of Jarbridge, a long walk from the airstrip.  Want to avoid that wonderfull drive to float the Jarbridge and Bruneau river?  Fly and be there in 45 minutes and have the float group pick you up.

Pine

This airport serves both the community of Pine and Featherville as well as Anderson Ranch reservoir.  Great place to do some fishing or meet some friends for some camping, boating, and or golf.  A short 20-30 minute flight.  Most bed and breakfasts and the golf course will pick you up from the airport if they are told in advance.

Pistol Creek Ranch

This ranch is a private airstrip.  The owners prefer to keep it to owners and guests.  There are a few nice cabins to rent on the ranch and can be rented through various vacation rentals.  You can also contact us and we can assist in making the arrangements.  They occasionaly have left over hunts they will sell as well.

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Pittsburg Landing

This interesting little airstrip is along the snake river.  It is rather short and only for cool mornings.

Shearer

This airstrip provides access to the upper selway river.  This is a morning and evening airstrip.

Shepp Ranch and Poly Bemis Ranch

Shepp Ranch and Poly Bemis Ranch

Shepp Ranch and Poly Bemis Ranch

This airstrip sits on the lower stretches of the Salmon river in the Frank Church.  The ranch provides ranch stays, fishing, and hunting trips.  There is some discussion that they me cease commercial operations in 2016, we are hoping they decide to stay open for the public to use.

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Slate Creek

This nice state airstrip sits along highway 95 north of Riggins, ID.   The lower Salmon river can be accessed from the airport.

Sluice Creek

This airstrip provides access to the Snake river down in Hells Canyon.  Access to fishing, hunting, hiking and rafting can be obtained at sluice creek.

Smiley Creek

This well maintained airstrip sits in the Stanley Basin south of Stanley and north of Sun Valley.  Great place for a short breakfast flight, or as a few have done proposal flights.  Yes the pilot will take pictures for you.

Smith's Prairie

This airstrip provides service to the small community of Prairie.  Just a 15-20 minute flight to Boise.

Soldier Bar

This is one of our favorite airstrips.  Sitting on a bluff above Big creek this roller coaster airstrip provides access for hunting, fishing (good hike down and back up), and hiking. There is a grave of a soldier that died from the Sheepeater Indian Wars that is located here.  This was a traditional wintering area for the Sheepeater indians.

Stanley

This airstrip is heavily used to support the town of Stanley and its rafting industry.

Sulphur Creek

Sulphur Creek

Sulphur Creek

This is the spot for breafast fly ins.  This airport sits in a lush high mountain valley in the Frank Church Wilderness.  This ranch has a unique and colorful history behind it.  The ranch offers not only breakfast but ranch stays, trail rides, and hunting/fishing trips. There are several lakes with in hiking distance as well as excellent trout streams.  Only accesible by horse or air, we of course recommend the air access.

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Thomas Creek

This is a state owned airstrip along the Middle Fork of the Salmon river.  This airstrip provides access to the Middlefork Lodge.  Excellent hunting and fishing can be found here.  Boaters enjoy Thomas creek as it is legal to use electric pumps to inflate rafts saving the tedious job of inflating them by hand.  There is also hot springs with in walking disance.  This airstrip is kept open year round.  The lodge offers a very high end experience and has a history of politicians and movie stars visiting.

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Upper Loon

This airstrip sits at the head of Loon creek.  The flight from Boise takes you by the Sawtooth Mountains and then descend through the Tangoes and turn final in front of a giant cliff face for a smooth landing.  This airstrip provides access to the trail head on Loon creek as well as the dropping off point to enjoy the Diamond D ranch.  The 45 minute flight from Boise is significantly more comfortable than the several hour drive on Idahos windy roads and the interesting dirt road into the ranch.  Good fishing and hotsprings can also be discovered in this area.

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Vines

Vines

Vines

This little airstrip sits on the south bank of big creek.  It is the only airstrip on the south side of the creek.  This airstrip provides incredible fishing and good hunting.  The airstrip is limited to winds and temperatures as it is short.  Good camping spots in the airstrip proximity.

Wapshilla

This airstrip recently became open to the public and is located a short hike from the lower salmon river.  It is owned and managed by the Idaho Fish and Game as a game refuge.  This allows good access to the lower salmon river for fishing and hiking.  Warning if you do not like rattle snakes this is not the best place to go.

Warm Springs

This little airstrips provides access to Bonneville hot springs and is close to the communities of Grandjean and Lowman.  It is about a 30 minute flight from Boise.  There is some fishing and camping near by.

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Warren

Access one of Idaho's old ghost towns with a colorful history.  This airstrip still serves the few people who still call this place home.

Weatherby

This airstrip sits along the Middle Fork of the Boise river.

Wilson Bar

This is the only remaining airstrip that is open to the public that is on the Main Salmon River and in the Frank Church Wilderness.  There is excellent steelhead fishing.  There is good hunting if your legs have the stamina.  Not uncommon to see big horn sheep grazing the hill side.  In the fall there are wild apples and grapes that grow around the old homestead.  This is a common place for rafters to end there float trips and fly out.