Johnson Creek Airport

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Coordinates: 44°54′44″N 115°29′08″W / 44.91222°N 115.48556°W / 44.91222; -115.48556

Johnson Creek Airport
Johnson Creek Airport as seen on approach to runway 17.
Airport type Public
Owner Idaho Transportation Department, Division of Aeronautics
Serves Yellow Pine, Idaho
Elevation AMSL 4,933 ft / 1,504 m
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 3,400 1,036 Turf
Statistics (2003)
Aircraft operations 5,750
A Maule M-6 landing on runway 17
The caretaker's quarters at the airport
Bunk houses are part of the free camping accommodations at the airport
Courtesy cars are available for a small fee at the airport
Pilots camping at Johnson Creek Airfield, ID

Johnson Creek Airport (FAA LID: 3U2) is a grass airstrip in Central Idaho three miles (4.8 km) south of Yellow Pine, a village in Valley County, Idaho, United States. It is managed by the Idaho Division of Aeronautics of the Idaho Transportation Department.[1] A caretaker resides at the field and the turf runway is well cared for. Johnson Creek is a backcountry airstrip and is popular with pilots who enjoy airplane camping.[citation needed]


The lawn mower keeps the grass at an even length

Johnson Creek Airport covers an area of 40 acres (16 ha) which contains one grass runway (17/35) which is 3,400 feet (1,000 m) long and 150 feet (46 m) wide. The field elevation is 4,933 feet (1,504 m) above sea level. For the 12-month period ending October 24, 2003, the airport had 5,750 aircraft operations, an average of 15 per day: 87% general aviation and 13% air taxi.[1]

Also on the airport is a campground for fly-in campers, along with complimentary hot showers, a bunk house, pit toilets, and two courtesy rental cars. The airport has a small shelter with a freezer, a telephone, map of the area, bench, and a small sign-in book that logs all the arrivals and departures. The caretaker frequently mows and waters the grass of the runway and parking areas, provides freshly chopped firewood for campers, and maintains the campground and courtesy cars.


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for 3U2 (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-07-05

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