Each month we will be highlighting an airstrip that the RAF has had an impact on.  We hope that you will get out and enjoy these airstrips.  This month’s Featured Airstrip is Blackwater Airstrip in Florida.

Blackwater Airfield 8FD3 is a Florida Forest Service(FFS) airfield to which the FFS is willing to permit public access on a ‘request’ basis, should its condition be judged safe and not otherwise in use.  The Blackwater staff and the RAF have developed a cooperative relationship to make this access possible and to further improve the airstrip. The RAF is partnering with Blackwater River State Forest, both in helping to maintain the airstrip through occasional work parties and by helping to fund airstrip improvements as they are approved by the FFS.   

A variety of campground amenities and recreational opportunities are readily accessible nearby. There are plumbed restrooms with showers in Krul Recreation Area’s Campgrounds #1 and #2, which are adjacent to the field.  There are both individual and group camping sites adjacent to the airstrip, which makes it possible for those arriving by aircraft to join those arriving by vehicle.  The Krul Recreation Area is a camping and ‘Day Use’ area next to the lake. It is an attractive and popular swimming area. The Sweetwater Trail starts at the Krul parking lot and runs 1.3 miles to Bear Lake.

For more information on Blackwater, visit the Airfield Guide.


  1. Brandon Reissiger on September 1, 2022 at 6:44 am

    Good morning. I fly to this air strip several times a year and camp with my family. The last two times this year that I’ve flown there the grass was really tall. Do you know how often they cut the grass? Or do you know who I can contact locally to ask about this?
    We love this airstrip. My kids really enjoy swimming in the lake and camping near the plane.
    Thanks so much!

    • Bobby Capozzi on September 1, 2022 at 8:14 am

      Hi Brandon —
      This is the first I am hearing of the grass length being an issue. When you call to get your permit, it is always a good idea to ask about the condition of the airstrip as Blackwater it is used for many other events including equestrian opportunities and parking. The mowing is via the State Forestry Service and maybe with high fuel cost some cutbacks have been made. Thank you for bringing this to the RAF’s attention. Please contact me to discuss this and any other items you may have.

  2. Bill Rial on October 25, 2022 at 6:44 am

    I was one of 3 planes who landed here 22 Oct ’22 for 1-night. Beautiful set up. Runway was in Excellent condition, well mowed. Camped with the planes and used the great fire ring and grills set up by RAF. Short walk to adjacent park for hot shower. Firewood was very limited except for a little we got from the park host.

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