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Methow Valley State Airport (WSDOT-Managed)

City: Winthrop
ID: S52

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Note: The PAPI's have changed to continuous operation and are no longer pilot activated. Airport Beacon has been retrofitted to pilot activation but remains out of service until further notice.

Please check NOTAMs for further outages or airport closures and contact the airport manager for additional information.

Note: Runway 13/31 is open year-round for aviation use only. During winter months, limited snow removal is provided. Due to budget restrictions, if snow is expected within a 24 hour forecast, no snow removal will be conducted. Some exceptions may be possible during holiday periods. Please do not land if snow is on the runway. Please check NOTAMs and call the airport manager for more information at 360-618-2477.

Note: Learn more about the  2011/2012 Methow Valley State Airport Improvements Project

Forest firefighting is common at this airport during summer months. Please check NOTAM's, TFR's and watch for helicopter activity. Contact the State Airport Manager for additional information at or 360-618-2477.

Transient fixed-wing aircraft parking on west side ramp only. Access parking area from Evans Road. Bring your own tie down ropes and expect to tie down during active helicopter operations. Transient vehicles are to remain outside of fenced airport area. Gate combination use CTAF.

Methow Valley (Intercity) is located five miles south of Winthrop, Washington in the beautiful Methow Valley. Originally constructed as a Forest Service installation, the airport has acquired an increasing importance as an airport covering the east side of the northernmost VFR routes through the Cascades. The airport also serves as an important access to the local recreational areas and the growing Methow Valley community. The area is famous for hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and winter recreation opportunities.

Methow Valley has a 5,049 foot asphalt, lighted runway, and is stressed for 30,000 pound aircraft. The Forest Service still maintains a base on the field, and is very active from May to September during forest fire fighting season. Heavily loaded aircraft may be making straight out departures and long final approaches during fire season. Helicopter long line activity and support personnel are also common on the west side of the airport.  There are trees in both approaches, and people, vehicles, and animals may be on the runway.


The airport is open year-round, but extreme caution must be exercised during winter months when snow and ice is present. Snow removal machinery may be on the active runway. The airport has limited snow and ice removal services.

NOTE: Airport Beacon and Pilot Controlled Lighting are currently out of service and the runway lights are stuck on low intensity.

Please check for Airport NOTAM’s and for additional information contact the Airport Manager by email at or by phone at 800-552-0666, or 360-651-6313.

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