Air Transportation

Calaveras Airport

Calaveras County is well-served by air as well as roads. Fifty airports/ heliports of various sizes and capacities are within fifty miles of Angels Camp. And four major international airports, Sacramento (SMF), Oakland (OAK), San Francisco (SFO) and San Jose (SJC), are within a few hours drive from the County.

Additionally, several of the smaller metropolitan airports, such as Modesto City-County Airport (MOD), offer connecting flights to the larger international airports or flights to other less busy airports out of state. This can be very convenient as parking is inexpensive or free, the airports are not crowded, and the experience is calmer, thus making the start and end of long trips easier, and closer to home— generally with no traffic.

Calaveras County operates its own general aviation airport, Calaveras County Airport/Maury Rasmussen Field. It has hangars, tie downs, and aircraft maintenance services. It is located between San Andreas and Angels Camp at an elevation of 1,325 feet. The runway is 3,600 feet long and will accommodate 95% of general aviation aircraft; small jets land at the airport. The airport is active and popular because it is well-located in the center of the state, has very reasonable fuel prices and is in a beautiful setting. It is open all year and has two FAA designated examiners available for license testing. This airport offers a gateway to skiing, hiking and water sports.

Columbia Airport (COA) in Columbia and Westover Field Airport (JAQ) in Jackson are two other General Aviation Airports in the area. Columbia Airport, fourteen miles south of Angels Camp is located within walking distance of the historic town of Columbia in the Sierra Nevada foothills. It offers jet and other aviation fuel, general support services and is at a slightly higher elevation than Calaveras County Airport, of 2,118 feet. Columbia Airport has a lighted 4,650 foot paved runway and a 2,600 foot irrigated turf runway; both of which are well-maintained by the airport staff.

The Westover Field (Amador County Airport) is located approximately 15 miles northwest of Calaveras County in Jackson. It, too offers general support services and fuel. The runway is 3,400 feet; the airport is at a 1,690 foot elevation.

Calaveras County, Columbia and Amador County airports all have GPS approaches.

Other nearby airports with instrument procedures:

  • Oakdale Airport (027)—24 nm S
  • Pine Mountain Lake Airport (E45)—28 nm SE
  • Lodi Airport (CL11)—29 nm W

Cargo air transportation is available through the larger international airports, and also through airports specializing in commercial and cargo flights. These include the Stockton Metro Airport (SCK), in south Stockton, and Mather Airport (MHR) near Sacramento.

Stockton Metro recently launched a $10 million improvement program with air cargo in mind. The primary enhancement is an expanded air cargo ramp area encompassing approximately 10 acres. It also offers warehousing and cold storage facilities, low landing fees and access to the region’s highway, rail and port systems.

Mather Airport, a converted military air base, is a full service, fixed-base operator airport with one of the longest runways in California.

Additionally, the City of Angel Camp is a United Parcel Service regional hub. This affords great access to a national and international cargo shipping.