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State Lands Airstrips (Fremont / Spiral Jetty)

The UBCP has been in talks with the State Lands administrators that manage the Sovereign Lands across the state regarding the airstrips atop the newly-acquired Fremont Island. As we continue progressing through these meetings, it is important that we respect the rules regarding mechanized vehicles on Fremont Island and remind pilots that the airstrips atop the island (and the airstrip north of Spiral Jetty) are closed. As our meetings are going very well, we hope to have some news to share with you regarding our access to these airstrips. If you have any questions, please use the contact link at the bottom of the page.

Projcect Updates

Posted by Roy Evans II on May 25th, 2021

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021, the airstrips atop Fremont Island are open! Before you head out there, please review the updated information on the UBCP Airstrip Database for the Fremont Island - Lower Airstrip and the Fremont Island - Upper Airstrip

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 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


The Spiral Jetty Airstrip will require a separate MOU and is currently under development. Until further notice, the Spiral Jetty airstrip is closed.

Posted by Roy Evans II on April 1st, 2021

Thanks to everyone for their support and patience as we work together with the State and the land owners at Fremont Island to restore aircraft access to the two established airstrips. In our two previous meetings we have laid out most of the ground work for restoring this access and we are hoping that next week's meeting will clear up any last minute questions that may have come up since we started this project. The UBCP together with State Aeronautics have propsed many options to restore aircraft access, and while we put the finishing touches on them, please continue to exercise patience by not landing on the airstrips atop the island.

Posted by Roy Evans II on March 9th, 2021

This morning the UBCP had a meeting with the FFSL regarding aircraft access to the island. While our meetings continue very positively regarding restoring access, your continued patience in adhering to the temporary closure of these airstrips (Fremont Island - Upper, Fremont Island - Lower, and Spiral Jetty) helps these meetings continue in the right direction. Tentatively we are hoping for another meeting before the end of March with the goal of restoring access before the summer. If you have any questions about these airstrips, feel free to contact us.

Posted by Roy Evans II on January 23rd, 2021

The UBCP is preparing for our next meeting with the leaders of the State Lands. As a reminder, please refrain from using the airstrips atop Fremont Island and near the Spiral Jetty as we work to incorporate aviation's access to these areas.