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About Lemhi County Airport

Lemhi County Airport is located in Lemhi County in east central Idaho. The airport is situated on approximately 266 acres and 4 miles south of the City of Salmon Idaho at an elevation of 4,043 feet.

The greater Salmon area is considered to be one of the more isolated communities in Idaho. The airport is surrounded by open rangeland and areas of low density residential development to the North, South and West, with a significant terrain surrounding all quadrants around the airport. This airport’s geographic location is significant because of the access it provides to the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the most remote wilderness area in the Continental United States: the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. It also provides access to Mount Borah, Wild and Scenic Salmon River, Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the Sawtooth Mountain Range. This area is a highly desirable destination and major attractor for hunters, fishermen, whitewater rafters, and other outdoor enthusiasts in addition to the focused activities of wildlife biologists, ecologists and academics. The Targhee National Forest is also nearby, only 130 miles to the southeast of the airport.

The Lemhi County Airport is a part of the FAA’s National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) and is recognized as a General Aviation (GA) airport.The airport facilitates incoming and outgoing mail and parcel service for this area, including the only means of communicating with remote areas in the wilderness, via the backcountry Idaho Airmail Route. Lemhi County Airport is also primarily used for:

  • Cargo activity
  • GA air taxi
  • Itinerant GA
  • Local GA
  • Recreational Flying
  • Protecting the public welfare
    • Fire fighting
    • Law enforcement
    • Medical evacuation
    • Search and rescue
  • Trace of military operations