Priest Lake Splash In '17

  • 08 Sep 2017
  • 1:00 PM
  • 10 Sep 2017
  • 4:00 PM
  • Tanglefoot Seaplane Base, Priest lake, Idaho


  • Third Annual Priest Lake Splash-in
    September 8th 9th & 10th, 2017

    Please join us for the Washington Seaplane Pilots Association’s third annual splash in at Priest Lake, Idaho. Situated on lovely Cavanaugh Bay, Tanglefoot Seaplane Base (D28) is one of the most unique spots for seaplanes in the northwest if not the world. There is ample space for amphibs as well as straight floats and even for you wheel guys next door at the Cavanaugh Bay airstrip (66S).

Registration is $50.00 per person this year. This will be used to defer the cost of food and other consumable items.

Washington Seaplane Pilots Association (WSPA)

Priest Lake Fly-in

D28-Tanglefoot Seaplane Base

September 8th, 9th and 10th

Greetings and welcome to open registration for the 2017 Washington Seaplane Pilots Association (WSPA) fly-in to Priest Lake scheduled for Friday September 98h thru Sunday September 10th. Please refer to the WSPA website ( for event registration.  This year we are charging $50 per attendee (including your passengers). 

Situated in lovely Cavanaugh Bay, our gathering will be held at D28 (Tanglefoot seaplane base), home to Loel and Olson Fenwick.  The base features a dock, beach and ramp space for both straight and amphibious floats.  On wheels, the Cavanaugh Bay airstrip (66s) is located next door.

Accommodations will include camping with restroom facilities at both the airstrip and seaplane base.  If you prefer to rent a room, we have an agreement with the Welcome Inn located in Coolin (just down the road from the fly-in).  They are offering a 10% discount on rooms if you mention WSPA. The manager’s name is Cindy, phone 208-443-2447 for reservations.  You could also try Cavanaugh Bay Resort located next door to the fly-in venue. Their reservation number is 208-841-6111. The Washington Seaplane Pilots Association (WSPA) will be providing meals over the weekend on the grounds of the seaplane base including a dinner with guest speakers on Saturday night September 9th.  We have attached an agenda to this email.  If for any reason you encounter difficulty in getting to the fly-in or have a change of plans, kindly notify Jack Jacobson at 206-769-7436 or Olson Fenwick at 208-610-1579.

Upon arrival, you will be required to execute two agreements pertaining to the fly-in “Agreement to Assume Risk of Injury and Release of Claims” and the WSPA “Waiver of Liability”.  Copies of these agreements are attached to this email. Bringing executed copies with you will expedite your check-in process.

We are once again hosting a Boy Scout troop (Sandpoint Idaho) to assist them with their Aviation Merit badge. We need volunteer speakers and pilots to coordinate their participation in our fly-out Saturday afternoon.  Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Since most of you will be camping, I would encourage you to bring some warm clothes for the evening hours and a headlamp will be helpful in travelling between the various venues on site.

Last of all, I would like to thank Olson and Loel Fenwick for the gracious opportunity to utilize their private residence and grounds for this fly-in.  This is truly a unique spot on earth and to show our appreciation I would encourage you to practice “Leave No Trace” camping and respect for their personal property.

No doubt some of you will be drafted or may just be inclined to want to pitch in and help with meals and cleanup, which we will sincerely appreciate. 

CTAF for 66S and D28 is 122.9.  We are using this frequency in the air and on the water for ramping, docking, beaching and mooring instructions.  

This should be a fun event and we look forward to seeing all of you.  Safe travels.

Washington Seaplane Pilots Association (WSPA)

Priest Lake Fly-in

D28-Tanglefoot Seaplane Base

September 8th, 9th and 10th

  • Ø  Noon to sunset arrival (sunset approximately 19:16)
  • Ø  1800, social hour (BYOB) and fresh made pizza dinner to follow
  • Ø  0800               Boy Scouts arrive and breakfast at the hangar (Provided)
  • Ø  0900               Mandatory Pilot Safety Briefing (FAA will be in attendance)
  • Ø  0930               Boy Scout Merit Badge assistance, need volunteer pilots
  • Ø  1100               Make your own sandwich and snacks, (we supply the fixings)
  • Ø   1130              Fly-out to NE Priest Lake with Boy Scouts
  • Ø  1130-1500    Lunch at fly-out location
  • Ø  1600               Boy Scouts Depart
  • Ø  1630                Hosted social hour-Fenwick residence
  • Ø  1800              Dinner-at the hangar (Provided)
  • Ø  1900               Speakers (TBD)
  • Ø 0800                Departure Continental Breakfast at the hangar (Provided)

Sandwich fixings provided for your trip home

NOTE: Arrival and departure Cavanaugh Bay traffic Unicom 122.9

            Once on the water, 122.9 for mooring and ramping instructions.


We plan to invite an FAA representative this year, please practice safe piloting.

Please land outside the water buoys around Blue Diamond Marina, which is just north of D28.  Upon departure please reduce RPM’s for noise abatement. This marina has complained to the FAA and is not friendly, so please avoid patronage.

Please remember that although D28 is an FAA designated Seaplane base, you are visiting the private residence and grounds of Loel and Olson Fenwick. Your respect of the owner’s private property would be greatly appreciated.

Food will be provided at the Seaplane Base and to help defray costs, any WSPA Board Member will gladly accept contributions.  We look forward to seeing all of you.  Fly safe.

Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping

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