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Copalis State Airport, United States

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The Washington Department of Transportation owns the Copalis State Airport. The Copalis State Airport operates on an ocean beach. It’s the only airport legalized to do so in Washington State.

Copalis State Airport occupies a modest 16 acres. Its 1,372 sand runway extends from the Copalis river along the beach to rocks on the otherside.

Since Copalis State Airport resides on a beach, it’s only 1 foot above sea-level.

In 2011, Copalis State Airport listed 200 civil aircraft operations. This averages to 16.6 flights per month.

Why are flights so infrequent at the Copalis State Airport?

High tide and other river and beach conditions prevent the Copalis State Airport’s use.