Bandera State

Bandera Airport runway.

Airport Alert

​Open June 1. Watch for possible openings sooner by NOTAM, but if it continues to rain the June 1 opening may get pushed out later.

An inspection on Tuesday April 26, 2022 has the runway soft and extremely wet with standing water in many places on, and adjacent to, the runway surface. Rwy reflectors have been put out, but the airport needs to dry out more before opening and several deep sink holes that have developed at the south edge of runway at approximately 600 feet and more at the northern edge at approximately 1,100 feet will need to be repaired before opening the airport.

Please check NOTAMs and TFRs. Contact the State Airport Manager for additional information at paul.wolf@wsdot.wa.gov or 360-618-2477.

Location

Bandera

ID

4W0

Sponsor

WSDOT

Rules

 Camping
Primitive
 Picnics
4
 Fire rings
2
 Outhouse
June 1 - Oct. 1 yearly
 No water
 No facilities

Available information for airport

Constructed in 1948, Bandera was one of our first state airports. Nestled in the beautiful upper Snoqualmie Valley 14 miles east of North Bend, this field still serves as a vital emergency airport. This quiet, scenic airport offers a calm way to spend an hour on a stopover, or for an overnight camping trip. The airport is just a few feet off Interstate 90, yet is quiet and removed from the noise of the city. The scenery and air are truly something to enjoy. The nearby Snoqualmie River provides fairly good fishing, though the trout generally run only six to eight inches long. It is an excellent location for mountain flying practice. Though surrounded by mountains, the valley is wide enough for maneuvering most light aircraft. The airport is frequently used by instructors for training students in soft field work and in mountain flying. Glider clubs frequently base out of Bandera.

Bandera has a 2,344 foot turf runway which is extremely soft when wet. Field elevation is 1636 feet, and some density altitude problems can be encountered on a summer day. Trees surround the airport close in, and there are trees close to each end of the field in the approaches. Elk, deer and motorcyclists may be encountered on the field. The surface is rough. Vehicle ruts, and frost heaved rocks are possible. The south third of the runway is almost always soft, and the runway is generally smoother the farther north you land. Overflight to check for surface damage, presence of obstructions, and height of grass is essential. The airport is usually open from June 1st to October 1st.

This airport has been adopted by the Washington Pilots Association, Seattle Chapter.