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Park Falls considers first-in-the Northwoods seaplane base on Flambeau RiverSubmitted: 02/23/2018
Park Falls considers first-in-the Northwoods seaplane base on Flambeau River
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
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bmeyer@wjfw.com

PARK FALLS - The thousands of lakes in the Northwoods make it a popular place for seaplane pilots.

But there's no place set aside to park, repair, or refuel the planes in the area.

Park Falls could to become that Northwoods hub this year.

Mike Drover, who runs Phillips-based Long Lake Aviation wants to build a seaplane base where the Park Falls Municipal Airport meets the Flambeau River.


There's nothing like it between Duluth and Shawano "even though we've got millions of lakes and everything around here, and lots of different destinations," Drover said.

If the City Council agrees to the plan and the FAA and DNR grant the needed permits, construction could start this spring on a Flambeau River backwater.

"[It will be] a place for parking seaplanes out here, and docking them, and a ramp for putting them in and out, and eventually, we'll have a fueling facility out here, too," Drover said.

The economic development group in the city, Park Falls Area Community Development, strongly supports the project. It expects to draw more visitors, and maybe even a seaplane festival, once the base is in operation.

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