Cayuse Creek

Airport Identifier:








For many years, this airstrip was listed as "Restricted" on FAA charts, meaning planned landings could not be made without permission from the Forest Service. With encouragement from the Idaho Airstrip Network, that designation was removed in early 2011. The airstrip's turf surface is good by backcountry standards, although not regularly maintained. There are no camping facilities at the airstrip, but wilderness camping and good fishing are available along Cayuse Creek.

Airstrip Features:


Segmented Circle


Wild Classification

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.

Primary Runway:






Stuck 'N Stay Emergency Accommodations

Member Name

Tom Richardson

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Airstrip Manager:

Andrew Skowland


#1 North Idaho

District Director:

Don McIntosh
[email protected]

Observation Date: April 29, 2023

Stopped briefly with helicopter at Cayuse airstrip on 4/29/2023. Runway area is essentially bare of snow and while perhaps a little damp appears quite firm. Still snow on edges of airstrip flat and road is heavily snowed in. Cayuse Cr. is up some but mostly clear.

Observation Date: April 15, 2023

Flew into Cayuse airstrip on 4/15/2023 with helicopter. There is about 1 1/2 feet of heavy wet soft snow covering the airstrip flat and runway surface. One ski-equipped fixed wing had been in recently. Very difficult to get around on foot without snowshoes in afternoon due to soft snow. Creek was low and clear.

Observation Date: March 1, 2023

Landed at Cayuse airstrip on 1 March 2023 with the helicopter. The was a little over 2 1/2 feet of snow on the runway. The top two feet was very soft. The helicopter sank in a good foot and I was in over my knees when I stepped out without snowshoes. No tracks of recent fixed wing use. Windsock in good shape - appears almost new.

Observation Date: July 2, 2022

Flew into Cayuse Airstrip on 7/2/2022 with helicopter. Runway grass is green, healthy and cropped fairly short. Some ground squirrel holes and mounds. Windsock is a little faded but working, sensitive not ripped or torn. There is a new installed emergency phone system in place on main road at the airstrip sign just north of runway.

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