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Nowthen (Elk River) Launch Site

MASA lost the use of this field.  #sigh#

This page left standing for historical reasons.

MASA is very lucky to have arranged the use of an excellent flying field for club launches a little north and west of the Twin Cities metro area.  This field is located on a sod farm northeast of Elk River, near the town of Nowthen.  Both sod and crops (such as CORN and soybeans) are grown on these fields.

For 2013, MASA has again successfully received an FAA waiver for this launch site.  This means that, at official MASA launches, high power rockets heavier than 3.3 lbs and carrying more than 125 gms of propellant may be flown here!  The waiver allows flights to 5,500 ft msl.  The elevation of the field is about 950 ft msl, so flights may not exceed 4,500 ft agl (above ground level).   The field size is appropriate for up through approximately "I" impulse flights and some "J".  However, all high power flights are subject to RSO approval.

Based on field size and distances from occupied buildings, the maximum practical flight altitude is 4,000 ft agl.

The following waiver paperwork files are provided here so that all fliers may familiarize themselves with their terms and requirements.

2011 Nowthen waiver details (pdf)

"Sparky" type motors, such as Aerotech Metalstorm, CTI/AMW Skidmark, or any other brand of motor that emits showers of sparks, are NOT ALLOWED at any MASA launch.

All participants must be familar with both the Rules and Procedures for all MASA Launches and with the...

Rules particular to this launch site:

  • This site may only be used for official MASA launches.  It may not be used for private or personal rocket launches or for any other purpose at any time other than during an official MASA launch.
  • Please only enter and exit the field from Tiger St NW.  The driveway to the west, with the buildings, is a neighbor's private driveway.  Please don't use this driveway to get to Jarvis St NW!  This has been specifically requested by the landowner!
    LET'S REPEAT THAT.  WE HAVE REPORTS OF PEOPLE COMING IN ON THE GRAVEL ROAD FROM THE WEST.  THIS IS A PRIVATE DRIVEWAY.  DO NOT USE IT!!!  (EVEN IF GOOGLE OR GPS TRIES TO ROUTE YOU THAT WAY!)
  • The fields to the north & east of the red "barn" are off limits.
  • Please always assist the LCO in spotting aircraft above and near the launch site.  All launches are put on hold while planes are in the area.
  • Please pick up ALL trash and debris from the field EVEN if it's not yours!  Trash buckets will be provided at the field; please use them!
  • If you smoke, please refrain from dropping your butts on the ground.  We do not want to litter or cause a fire!  We use this location through the good graces of the landowner; we want to keep him happy.
  • Avoid driving on the sod.  However, it is all right to park your vehicle on the sod so that the road is kept clear.
  • THERE IS A "PORTA-POTTY" ON SITE.

Directions:

Please only enter and exit the field from Tiger St NW.  The road to the west, with the buildings, is a neighbor's private driveway.  Please don't use this driveway to get to Jarvis St NW!  This has been specifically requested by the landowner!
LET'S REPEAT THAT.  WE HAVE REPORTS OF PEOPLE COMING IN ON THE GRAVEL ROAD FROM THE WEST.  THIS IS A PRIVATE DRIVEWAY.  DO NOT USE IT!!!  (EVEN IF GOOGLE OR YOUR GPS TRIES TO ROUTE YOU THAT WAY!)

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From the north metro:

Take US Hwy 10 West, or US Hwy 169 North to where they intersect.  After crossing under US Hwy 10, the road that use to be US 169 becomes Ferry Street N ( I believe also Co. Rd. 47). Take this road to the north. This road also gets renamed to St. Francis Blvd/ Co. Rd. 47 after going around two corners. Stay on Co Rd 47 until you reach Nowthen Blvd NW/ Co. Rd. 5. Turn left onto Nowthen Blvd NW/ Co. Rd. 5. Stay on Co. Rd. 5 to the town of Nowthen, MN.

Choice #1

On the north edge of town turn left onto 201st Ave NW/ Co. Rd. 65. ( see map )  Turn right onto Tiger St. NW/ Co. Rd. 82. This road switches to a gravel road after going by 205th Ave NW/ Co. Rd. 82. The farm is located on the driveway leading west with the sign "Private Drive" located at the intersection of Tiger St NW and 211th Ave NW.

Choice #2

Continue on Co. Rd. 5 through Nowthen, MN. Take a left turn on 211th Ave NW. This is a gravel road. ( see map)  The farm is located on the driveway leading west with the sign " Private Drive" located at the intersection of Tiger St NW and 211th Ave NW.

From I-94:

Take the Elk River / Rogers exit.  Take Hwy. 101 north . Hwy. 101 becomes US Hwy. 169. Cross US Hwy. 10 and the Mississippi River.  Continue on US Hwy. 169 until Co. Rd. 33. Turn right onto Co. Rd. 33. Continue driving on Co. Rd. 33, until you reach Twin Lakes Road. Turn right unto Twin Lakes Road. Continue on Twin Lakes Road to Co. Rd. 34/ 205th Ave NW. Turn left onto 205th Ave NW for 1.3 miles. Turn left onto a gravel road (the Tiger St. NW sign fell off the post).  The farm is located on the driveway leading west with the sign " Private Drive" located at the intersection of Tiger St NW and 211th Ave NW.

(Slightly less annoying route - from 169, take a right onto Main Street.  Go two blocks, then take a left at the 4-way stop onto Hwy 13.  Follow Hwy 13 until you get to Co. Rd. 34 and take a right.  Rest of directions are as above.)

NOTES:

The farm is located on the driveway with the sign "Private Drive" located at the intersection of Tiger St NW and 211th Ave NW.  You'll be going down the gravel road that leads WEST.  (Do NOT take the road that leads north!)

For the GPS enabled, the field is at N45* 21.201', W93*29.961'

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This last image shows a satellite view of the field area.  Flights to 3,000 feet must be launched from within the yellow enclosed area.  Flights to 4,000 feet must be launched from within the red/white dashed area in the center.  The yellow stars show potentially-occupied buildings.