IAA volunteers have been making improvements to this short airstrip during the last few years. The grass and dirt runway surface is in good condition by backcountry standards. In keeping with an agreement with administrators of the Hells Canyon National Recreation area, the volunteers assemble an outhouse in the fall and disassemble it in the spring so that river users don't see it during the summer boating season. Dispersed camping at unimproved sites. Take a 3.5 mile hike down river to visit the USFS Kirkwood Museum Complex.
Airstrips may have basic navigation aids such as windsock and runway markers and no user facilities. Typically located in the remotest settings away from roads and communities.
Stuck 'N Stay Emergency Accommodations
IAA Member Hosts
Airstrip Manager:Brandon Culley, USFS
District:#2 Lewis and Clark
District Director:Bill Ables
Observation Date: May 31, 2023
Big Bar, grass is dry but about a foot high.
Observation Date: April 22, 2023
Volunteers mowed the airstrip and parking area as well as weedeating and painted the runway marker rocks and also installed new runway end markers
Observation Date: June 27, 2022
There are two wrecked aircraft at Big Bar as of 6-27-22. One of the aircraft is near the southend and may impede a landing from the north and a takeoff from the south. The second aircraft is near the parking area to the east of the airstrip and doesn't appear that it would impede either a takeoff or landing.
Observation Date: April 6, 2022
Windsock good. Runway good. It gets a bit bumpy south of the wind sock. Pit toilet inop.