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    Default Big Indian Creek airstrip

    Anyone know details about this airstrip? Length, condition, etc.? It is mentioned in this publication, but can't seem to find anything else out about it.

    The cabin looks cool, but I'm also just thinking of pitching a tent there for a night.

    https://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/Re...an_details.pdf

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    I flew over it in my 0-300 c170b and it seemed a little tight with tall trees, so I passed. It also looked to have some grade to it.

    You have a 180hp 170b right? So you'll have to make your own call. There are a few places to land on the chikaloon flats that are pretty easy to land.


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    I've been there in a truck. The cabin/outhouse was simple but very nice. The firewood was stocked. I think we paid almost $50 a night to reserve it. I heard sometimes pipeline folks have stayed there for long periods of time. It didn't look like the strip had seen much action as it was grown in a little bit and there was debris on it. I do remember a nice cutout to park in. This was about 8 years ago though.

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    Yep, O-360 170. Thanks for the pointer. I found this map that indicates the places they allow wheel plane landings. https://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/ma...kaloonRegs.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianwalch View Post
    Yep, O-360 170. Thanks for the pointer. I found this map that indicates the places they allow wheel plane landings. https://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/ma...kaloonRegs.pdf
    This link seems more current and has much more areas open to land. I'm not sure which one is correct?

    https://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/Ai..._Regs_2016.pdf



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    AKFlyster, that link is correct and what I have pulled as well. Very few places to land in the refuge on wheels and the wording of landing on lakes in skis is interesting to stating for ice fishing. Chugach State Park and Kenai Refuge limit wheel aircraft significantly.
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    I have heard but not confirmed that if lake levels are low you can land on the shore of Skilak, assume that is state land since it's usually covered by navigable water.

    I overflew the strip last year but also didn't land, it did appear to have a grade and tall trees that could be tight if you needed a go around (at least as a new pilot in a J-3), don't remember it being particularly narrow, measures about 1400' on Google Earth with a 40ft elevation difference between the ends. Need to go check it out again.

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    I used to land there frequently MANY years ago when I was a new pilot in my stock PA12. Have not checked it out in recent years. As I recall it was slightly uphill coming in from the water and did have a slight slope.

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