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Bowser Fire Watch Tower
Bowser Lake Cabins
Elliot Fire Base

Route Briefing

  • This scenery is for "Return to Misty Moorings" only.
  • Suggested Altitude: See Altitude Notams in Plan
  • Landing zone is: Water (Freezes in Winter) or Land
  • GPS for destination: N56 25.31 - W129 43.29
  • Distance: approximately 32.4 mi [52km]
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  • Flight-Seeing Flight Plan & Map HERE
  • Scenery needed: Elliot Firebase and Bowser Lake Cabin

Bowser Lake Locations

Bowser Lake has three close-by destinations: (1) the cabins, (2) Elliot Fire Base and (3) the Watch Tower. The VFR plan below will guide you to all three. You will be leaving Stewart and flying part of the Bear River, going high over Eagle Pass, then dropping back down to Bowser Lake. This is a beautiful and mountainous trip.

NOTAM: If weather conditions are poor, low visibility at altitude, you should not attempt this trip. This is best for good visibility days only. However, if you MUST make the trip, you can use the FS (Flight Seeing) Flight Plan ... and if you make sure you are at the correct altitude for each leg, you can fly this in zero visibility!

WaveTop VFR Plan

FROM : Stewart Airport (CZST)
TO: Bowser Lake Locations

This trip begins at the Stewart Airport. Try to take off from Runway 36, the direction of the flight plan. If you take off on 18, then you will go out over the water and have to make a "U" turn to come back over the airport to intercept the flight plan.

  • Our flight begins in Stewart, BC. Stewart's setting can only be described in superlatives, combining an oceanfront location with alpine scenery, glaciers, ice fields and spectacular waterfalls. This setting and the outdoor recreation opportunities it offers, contribute in an important way to the community’s lifestyles. The area offers, fresh and saltwater fishing, boating, hiking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and numerous other activities.

  • Stewart's colorful history has been dictated by the fortunes of the mining industry. The first exploration in the area took place in the late 1890's and the town site was named in 1905 after its founders, the Scottish brothers, John and Robert Stewart.

  • An estimated 10,000 people resided in the area in the early 1900's, attracted by the prospects of gold, yet during World War I, the population reduced to less than twenty. Major mines such as Premier Gold, Big Missouri and Granduc Copper were established in the Stewart area. These projects created the impetus for population increases and attracted a skilled work force to the community, such as heavy duty mechanics, welding shops, and transportation-related businesses, which provide service to all the basic resource industries. Today, employment in the community is much more broadly-based and includes opportunities in transportation, mining, logging, retail and hospitality sector, and public administration.

  • As a contact zone between the Coast Range Batholith and sedimentary formations to the east, the Stewart area is highly mineralized and contains proven reserves of a wide range of precious and base metals including gold, silver, copper, lead and zinc

Leg: Stewart Airport to River Corner
Initial Course: 354
Leg Distance: 10.3 miles [16km]

When on the flight plan heading north of Stewart Airport, we will be flying up the Bear River Valley. About 10 mi [16km] ahead, Mt. Johnson blocks our path and the valley forks to port and starboard. You will be taking the port fork at River Corner.

  • Over the mountains to port are the major glaciers in the area, Chicamin, Boundary and Greenpoint. They are all there starting about 5 mi [8km] to the west of your position. RTMM has created a series of "Ice Stations" out on these glaciers that you can visit. In the summer, one may be flying in a lush valley here but even in summer, above to the left and right is winter, all year around! The glaciers are a beautiful thing to see, and a ‘must visit’ with your trip to this part of the world.
  • As you approach Mt Johnson ahead, you are flying over 17A, the Stewart Highway. The roadway follows the Bear River. When you get to Mt. Johnson, you will see the river and the road bear off to the right, you will be going to the left, climbing to High Pass, one of the highest mountain passes in this area.

Leg: River Fork to River Valley
New Course: 326
Leg Distance: 5.4 miles
Leg Altitude: 2500


Where the valley forks, you will take the port fork and fly the center of that valley, climbing steeply to make the altitude you will need at High Pass. You should have an altitude of 2500 feet on this leg. Continue to follow the valley.

  • About six miles [10km] away on your left, on the top of the mountains, is Salmon Glacier, you may get a glimpse of it here at 2500 feet.

Leg: River Valley to Kimball Lake
New Course: 009
Leg Distance: 5.4 miles [9km]
Leg Altitude:
Climb to 6500 feet.

The valley now takes a slight bend to the right. Now begin to climb to about 6500 feet. You should see a "flat" mountaintop soon to port ... and two small lakes below. Keep climbing to 6500 feet as you'll have to clear "high pass" ahead.

  • You are now following the valley for American Creek. You will notice you are climbing to be able to fly over High Pass. American Creek flows from the high mountain Kimball Lake, a pocket in the mountain that holds the cold glacier runoff water before it flows on down to the Bear River and Stewart.

  • The high mountain coming up to your left is Mt. Jancowsk.

Leg: Kimball Lake to High Pass
New Course:
Leg Distance:
Leg Altitude: 6500

Doug Linn
Charter Manager
Misty Moorings, Inc