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Smiley Creek Airstrip

FAA Code: U87 Latitude: 43.9121389
Elevation: 7206 Longitude: -114.7960556

This is another of the Idaho Division of Aeronautics' well-maintained airstrips, complete with caretaker and 8-passenger courtesy van ($5 per day and 30-cents per mile). The airstrip campground provides tables, stoves, showers, potable water and flush toilets. Caretaker is Ron Robinson. Phone (208) 774-2984 Food, lodging and supplies are available at a lodge 500 yards west of the airstrip.

Airstrip Location:
City Ketchum
Manager Dan Conner
Manager Phone 208-334-8893
District Director Kerry Requa
District Director Phone 208-221-7417
Airstrip Features:

Classification: Developed pdf
Segmented Circle
Potable WaterPotable Water

Primary Runway:
Id 14/32
Length 4900
Type Turf
pdf Runway Diagram

Stuck 'N Stay Emergency Accommodations

Emergency Accommodations Emergency overnight accommodations are available at this airstrip. See the Stuck 'N Stay Airstrip Host Directory

Smiley Creek Live Webcams

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Smiley Creek Weather Reports

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Upcoming Events at Smiley Creek Airstrip

June 05, 2020 - 182 Straight Tail Fly-In
All day

First Idaho Gathering of Straight-Tail 182 Owners - 1956-1959!
- Camping available Friday and Saturday nights.  Optional motel rooms at the Smiley Creek Lodge a short walk across the highway.  Reservations required.
- Bring your own meals or eat at the Smiley Creek Lodge  restaurant.
- If you plan to attend, write to Phil (info below) with your group size for planning purposes and to receive any last minute details about the event and other information about the area.
-Fly-Outs to other backcountry airstrips will be at the pilots discretion and depend on runway conditions at the higher elevation strips based on snow melt and weather.
-Strongly suggest purchasing Galen Hanselman’s book Fly Idaho which details the Idaho backcountry network.

For more information, contact: Philip Ackerman
Phone: 208-871-8520

Management Plans

pdf Standard Operating Procedure

Smiley Creek Info Last Updated: October 24, 2019

More Airstrips Near Smiley Creek:

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Weather Weather Station
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Airstrip Features:

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Camping Camping
Water Potable water

Showers Showers
Stuck-N-Stay Stuck 'N Stay host
Weather Report Weather report
Webcam Webcam

This information has been compiled from a number of sources. The status of airstrip facilities, conditions, available services, ownership, and managers are constantly changing. The Idaho Aviation Association assumes no responsibility for incomplete or inaccurate information contained herein.

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