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By David Randall, October 2009


The Snell Ranch is a launch site just outside the town of Mansfield that offers a grassy field for parking and camping and a cleared field area for the launch site. The location is sufficient in size to support up to a hundred flyers and spectators.


Water: no available water

Electricity: no

Sewer/RV Dump: no

Porta-potties: Yes, brought in for launches

Cellular Service: Yes

Food: Mansfield has a grocery store and bar. The grocery store hours are 8 am – 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The bar serves food, but individuals younger than 21 are not allowed inside. The bar will make up takeout food, and the grocery store makes sandwiches.

Gas:The gas station in Mansifield is open during the day. Gas stations are also located in the town of Waterville approximately 22 miles West of Mansfield and Coulee City, approximately 20 miles Southeast of Mansfield.


Fires: No open fires allowed. BBQ and off-ground contained fires OK unless restricted by hosting club or fire marshall.

Fireworks: No fireworks allowed.


The Snell Ranch is located approximately 3 miles East of the town of Mansfield on State Road 172 off “O” Road. 

Flight Waiver

Normal launches have an FAA waiver of 25,000′ AGL from 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Please check for further details at each launch.

Reference Map


Maps and Directions

Bing Map

Google Map

From Seattle: From Spokane: From Portland:

  1. East on US I90; ~84 miles
  2. East on WA Hwy 970; ~10 miles
  3. North on US Hwy 97; ~35 miles
  4. East on US Hwy 2/97; ~29 miles
  5. East on US Hwy 2; ~23 miles
  6. North, then East on WA Hwy 172; ~21 miles
  7. turn left ~1 mile before Mansfield



  1. West on US Hwy 2; ~100 miles
  2. North on WA Hwy 17; ~14 miles
  3. West on WA Hwy 172 to Mansfield; ~13 miles
  4. turn right ~1 mile past Mansfield



  1. East on US I84; ~102 miles
  2. North on US Hwy 97; ~61 miles
  3. North on WA Hwy 22; ~3 miles
  4. North on US Hwy 82; ~50 miles
  5. West on US I90; ~5 miles
  6. North on US Hwy 97; ~49 miles
  7. East on US Hwy 2/97; ~29 miles
  8. East on US Hwy 2; ~23 miles
  9. North, then East on WA Hwy 172; ~21 miles
  10. turn left ~1 mile before Mansfield


GPS Information

Turnoff from SR 172 to “O” road: Lat 47 deg 48′ 55.18″N; Long 119 deg 25′ 37.87″W

Camping area: Lat 47 deg 47′ 12.33″N; Long 119 deg 25′ 39.63″W


Flying season temperatures average from a low of 45 to a high of 80, with extremes from 30 to 100 degrees. Winds average 5-15 mph, lower in the AM or mid-day, with peaks to 25 mph, and higher with local wind-devils or squalls. Be prepared for wind: use sturdy canopies & tents, with guy lines. There is a neglible chance of rain. However, if it does rain, it could be heavy.

Most of the surrounding area is state land cultivated with wheat, with occasional fallow fields or rocky uncultivated areas. The terrain is slightly rolling, with few fences.

Do not capture or disturb local wildlife under any circumstances. Rattlesnakes are native to the area. If you come across one, back away slowly and notify the RSO of its location. Please make sure your children are aware of the hazards associated with rattlesnakes. Ticks can also be an issue – please be aware of mitigation & inspection procedures.

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