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Old 07-12-2021, 02:14 PM
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Default Friendly camping airports on the way to OSH? South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin

Hello again everyone, anyone care to share some tent camping friendly airports in South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin? I suppose I could start calling some airport managers but I'm betting you guys out there already know where you are staying.

I don't yet know if I can make it into Osh Friday evening (weather dependent) so I am trying to figure out where I should plan on staying. Most likely Minnesota if weather or time limits us. Thanks guys!
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Old 07-13-2021, 04:55 AM
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Default Pit stop to OSH

Hi Jereme,you’re welcome to stop at KAUW,(Wausau Downtown Airport and park by our hangar.Short flight to Osh from here.We have bathroom and shower inside and a sofa sleeper to sleep on.Going to be busy,Ercoupe convention starting Thursday and the cup racers are arriving Saturday.Happy to have company.
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Old 07-13-2021, 07:12 AM
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Hi Jereme! Ykn is good, you can camp, they normally have free food, courtesy cars if you want to go to town.
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Old 07-13-2021, 07:43 AM
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Default Gregory SD 9D1

Last year I pitched my tent overnight at Gregory SD, 9D1. They don't advertise camping, but I called the airport manager to check. He was fine with it. Suggest you do the same ahead of time and when you arrive. Pretty good little pilot building accessible 24x7. Courtesy car. The 2 lane road not far away has quite a bit of overnight truck traffic, so you may want to grab your earplugs in case it starts bothering you in the middle of the night.
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Thanks everyone, especially for the personal offer David!

Anyone have anything for Minnesota? I'm betting that is the most likely if I run out of daylight.
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Old 07-13-2021, 08:08 AM
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Thanks everyone, especially for the personal offer David!

Anyone have anything for Minnesota? I'm betting that is the most likely if I run out of daylight.
I'm at Alexandria MN (AXN), I have family in that weekend so probably couldn't be very social, and the spare bedroom is taken. I'm sure the airport manager Kreg wouldn't mind a tent and I can leave an extra vehicle out there if you need.

edited to add: if you're looking for something more on your direct line, https://www.dot.state.mn.us/aero/airportdirectory/ is an airport directory by MN DOT, it lists if the airport allows under wing camping.
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Old 07-13-2021, 06:11 PM
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Hello again everyone, anyone care to share some tent camping friendly airports in South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin? I suppose I could start calling some airport managers but I'm betting you guys out there already know where you are staying.

I don't yet know if I can make it into Osh Friday evening (weather dependent) so I am trying to figure out where I should plan on staying. Most likely Minnesota if weather or time limits us. Thanks guys!
You can access the Minnesota 2021 Airport Directory and Travel Guide at https://www.dot.state.mn.us/aero/air...R21_lowres.pdf. Airport entries indicate if airfield camping is allowed.
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Old 07-13-2021, 06:31 PM
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Thanks everyone, especially for the personal offer David!

Anyone have anything for Minnesota? I'm betting that is the most likely if I run out of daylight.
I suspect that there isn't a little airport in Minnesota that would tell you "no camping" next to your plane, but you'd likely want something with a crew car and some infrastructure for some amenities. Alexandria is a very nice little airport in that regard, but if you find yourself at Brainerd KBRD or Aitkin KAIT somehow (right in the middle of the state), let me know and I'll buy you dinner.
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Old 07-13-2021, 07:56 PM
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Granite Falls is closer to your line of flight but will require extra time . Friends stopped there for fuel and discovered the museum. Fagen Fighters WWII museum. Look them up. It looks impressive and fuel prices are reasonable and would be a good stop for your planes fuel range. Give them a call and see if they allow camping.
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Granite Falls is closer to your line of flight but will require extra time . Friends stopped there for fuel and discovered the museum. Fagen Fighters WWII museum. Look them up. It looks impressive and fuel prices are reasonable and would be a good stop for your planes fuel range. Give them a call and see if they allow camping.
Fagen's Fighters is the most amazing WWII aviation museum I've ever seen. It's an awesome story!

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