Each month we highlight an airstrip where the RAF has had involvement. We hope that you will get out and enjoy these airstrips. This month’s Featured Airstrip is McKenzie Bridge Airport (00S) in Oregon.
McKenzie Bridge Airport in the Central Oregon Cascades is popular with recreational aviators. It provides access to the McKenzie River, mountain bike trails, and remote camping. “Following the inspirational example set by the long term commitment of Oregon Pilot Association and RAF members Paul and Rob in Ehrhardt, volunteers have been instrumental in maintaining and improving the McKenzie Bridge airport,” RAF Oregon Liaison Richard Mayes said. “Our efforts have been acknowledged by both the Oregon Department of Aviation and the US Forest Service. The positive outcomes at McKenzie Bridge demonstrate how collaboration between the RAF and public land managers can benefit the recreational aviation community,” he added.
For the past three years Mayes has organized at least two volunteer work parties each year to perform maintenance and safety improvements at the airport.
McKenzie Bridge Airport has primitive camping available on the airfield with a pit toilet, but no potable water. Across the adjacent highway is a USFS campground with facilities. There is walking access to the McKenzie River for fishing, kayaking, or rafting. From the USFS campground, there is access to the 25 miles long McKenzie River trail for hiking or world-class single-track mountain biking. The RAF works in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Aviation to maintain this beautiful airport.