For more information regarding the Airport Master Plan click here.

Tree Removal

In an effort to maintain the safety of the flying public and airport, tree removal has begun on Port of Orcas property located South of Mt Baker Road, East of Lover’s Lane, North of the Saw Shop and Enchanted Forest Road and West of the Main Fire Station.  The Port takes the requirement for environmental stewardship of the Eastsound swale in balance with our obligation to protect the safety of pilots, passengers and the public near the airport.  We know the swale is a sensitive environmental ecosystem.

The environmental and engineering analysis, as well as permitting for this project has been a multi-year effort to comply with Federal, State and Local law as well as honor a conservation easement on the Southern portion of the property.  As required by law, that permitting process was publicly announced and invited public participation.

In the southern portion of the property where the conservation easement prevails, the trees and foliage will be removed without the use of heavy equipment, the stumps will be left in place, mulch placed and native grasses replanted.  The requirement is to minimize disturbance of soils and minimize the introduction of silt into the stream flow.  In the Northern portion of the property, the stumps will be grubbed, native grasses replanted and mulched.  Stormwater controls will be in place during work.

During construction, the path to town will be closed, beginning September 23rd.  The contract allows 45 calendar days for completion during which the path will remain closed.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Some of the documents relevant to this project are below and were previously posted on this website.  If you would like other documents, please call or email.

Orcas Island Airport – Obstruction Removal – Contract Documents

Complete Specs Here https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B91ByBdzVD90X3RaLTJMcVJwckE

(Plans and Specs as posted) http://www.bxwa.com/bxwa_toc/pub/2606/e1624_obstruction_removal_orca_36774/info.php

FONSI – Obstruction Removal EA – signed



2017 09 12 Orcas Island Contract Complete Signatures

Revised Notice to Proceed Signed

Another Camping Picture


Your camping view may vary!

 Island Air Ambulance

Island Air Ambulance is a service of Island Air, a local company which has been providing aviation services to San Juan County for over 25 years.  Island Air recently created the Air Ambulance Membership Program as an affordable way for island residents and visitors to be sheltered from out-of-pocket costs that could be incurred from the flight portion of an emergency medical transport on one of their fixed-wing, air ambulance aircraft.  If you would like more information, please see their website at www.islandairambulance.com, call 360-378-2376 or email membership@islandairambulance.com


If you need a quart of oil (or 12) at Orcas, you can now buy it from your friendly airport manager.

  • $10/quart for Aeroshell 80W or 100W
  • $8/quart for Phillips X/C 20W50

Tax included.

Biplane, the Sequel!


Bikes for free use (donations encouraged)

  • We have bikes for use free of charge near the fuel pumps.  The last 4 of our CTAF will open the lock.  Please take the lock with you and use it…and bring the bike and the lock back.  If you like these bikes, donations are accepted in the fee boxes or the Port office.  We don’t have helmets but encourage you to use one.

Annotated Nautical Chart of Island Flying References

San Juans (Annotated) Nautical Chart pdf

Phone-Sized Ferry Schedule

I put this here because I think some visitors to this website might appreciate a “cut-down” version of the ferry schedule that can be read easily on a phone.  This is why I started making it in the first place.

2017 Fall Cropped


The next regular meeting of the Port of Orcas Commission is Thursday, November 9th, 2017 at 4:30 PM in the terminal conference room.

Need Power!!

— We now have a small 12/24V GPU (with both alligator clamps and a NATO plug) for “jump-starting” an airplane.  Stop by or call the office when needed.  After hours, call the Airport Manager’s Cell phone (the number is on my business card which is in a dispenser by the conference room door).  Based on the limitations of our insurance, use is at your own risk.

New and Noteworthy:

If you have airport pictures you would be willing to share, please email them to me at orcasairport@rockisland.com.