Fremont Island Upper | Utah Back Country Pilots Association

Fremont Island Upper

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Airstrip Info

Frequency 122.90
Elevation 4768 ft
Lat/Long 41.16, -112.3333
41° 9.6' , -112° 19.998'
Runway 15/33 1972 ft x 10 ft
Dirt
Ownership Utah DNR - FFSL

Amenities

Weather

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NOTAM: The airstrips at Fremont Island are managed by the UBCP in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding between the Utah DNR - Sovereign Lands Department and Utah State Aeronautics. Because of the nature of the land, there are a few rules that must be adhered to and pilots are required to review these rules prior to departing for the island:

No fires of any kind are permitted
No fireworks or explosive items
No discharge of firearms or hunting
No camping or other overnight use
Taking any plant, mineral, wildlife, or any other objects is prohibited
No motorized vehicles (except aircraft on designated runways)
No items such as geocaches, land art, etc may be placed on the island
Commercial guided tours are allowed through a permit through the DNR
Any commercial filming or photography require permits through the DNR

Furthermore, use of the airstrips atop Fremont Island is open to non-commercial use only. More information about the rules and regulations regarding the airstrips can be found at https://ffsl.utah.gov/fremont-island/. Takeoffs and landings on Fremont Island are restricted to the two established airstrips listed above. Landing or taking off elsewhere on the island is prohibited. Fremont Island is full of history, and we ask that you treat the island just as you would treat a wilderness area, by adhering to the UBCP Code of Conduct

Description: Fremont Island's upper airstrip rests along a ridge that slopes up at both ends, and has downward sloping terrain on both sides of the runway. 

Runway: 1972 ft long x 10 ft wide dirt runway that was once a four wheel drive trail that is in good condition. Slopes uphill on both ends. First 500' from the south is rocky. Last few hundred feet beyond stated distance is somewhat steep.

Approach Considerations: Weather station on the south end of the runway. Typically land to the north and depart to the south.

Amenities: None. Suggested parking area is either atop the hill to the south along the trail or just prior to the hill off to the west end of the runway.

Windsock: Yes, located west of the runway at the north end.

Weather: https://mesowest.utah.edu/cgi-bin/droman/meso_base_dyn.cgi?stn=freut

Roy Evans II
2 months ago in a PA11 with 8.00x6 tires

Airstrip is in GREAT condition. The ancillary (read: illegal) airstrips seem to have been getting use. Image below helps depict where the approved runway is on the top of the island. It should be very clear to a pilot which runway is the approved one, as it is the one that runs roughly 150º/330º, and is the road that runs the ridge from the weather station to the hill with the parking area on top. The airstrip that runs from the parking area to the northwest is a) not an approved airstrip and b) should not be used. Tracks on this illegal runway appear to be fresh, and used many times, with one deep cut in the west end of the runway where someone obviously turned around. Please do not use any airstrips besides this one and the lower strip as their usage may put future access in jeopardy, and be subject to law enforcement action. If anyone has any questions as to what airstrips are authorized I urge you to contact the UBCP prior to flight.

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Lynn Alley
4 months ago in a Aeronca 7AC Champ with 6.00 x 6 tires

Runway and windsock were in good shape. Runway was nice and dry. Great to be back on the island. PS. There really isn't a runway or camping area, but the form made me fill it out anyway.

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Josh Kelson
4 months ago in a PA-18 SuperCub with 31 tires

Despite some recent rains, the strip was in great shape and firm. One of my favorite places to visit!

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UBCP Travnicek
6 months ago in a Maule with 8.5 tires

Dry, very good condition for landing and hiking!

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Cory Wolf
7 months ago in a C205 with 850s tires

As has been mentioned, there is a little growth on it but otherwise the strip is in its normal, good condition. We saw a couple of people on the Kit Carson rock, so others are accessing the island via bike or foot. Fairly strong wind kept the bugs at bay. Great to be back!

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Kit Carson Cross

Added by Wendy Lessig 1 year ago

The Kit Carson cross is etched into the side of the highest point on Fremont Island, which is a short hike from the Fremont Upper airstrip.

https://mysteryofutahhistory.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-kit-carson-cross-pre-mormon-relic.html

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