Oakland Fire Tower
US 704, GA 7

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 704, GA 7 (view other lookouts in United States, Georgia)
Date Registered July 26, 2007
Nominated by John Mayer
Location Oconee National Forest
Greene County, Georgia
Coordinates N 33° 38.100' W 083° 15.500' (view using Google Maps)
N 33° 38' 06" W 083° 15' 30"
N 33.635000° W 083.258330°
Elevation 554 ft (169 m)
Built 1942
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Oconee Ranger District
Lookout Steward Drew Boswell

Description

Built by the U.S. Forest Service 1942, Oakland Fire Tower is 80’ tall with a 7’x7’ metal cab. It is located on the Oconee National Forest in central Georgia.

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Visit Reports

October 9, 2016: Drew Boswell

Condition

Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Comments: This tower is fenced off with a gate locked with Rayle EMC padlocks. There is a small building inside the fence at the base of the tower with an electrical line running to it and antenna lines off the tower going to the building. <br /> <br />I visited on the morning of 10/9/16 and did some light cleanup. I removed one deadfall limb from the fence and cut away encroaching weeds, vines and small tress on the outside of the fence. I do not have access to the inside of the fence. My notation of wood and glass conditions are based on what I can see from outside the locked gate. <br /> <br />Looking at the tower through binoculars, the glass in the hut on top appears to be intact. The metal sides and roof appear rusty. The steps look like pressure treated lumber and are not very old. There are four antennas attached to the tower, owners unknown (by me). <br /> <br />I shot several photos which I will attach to this report if possible. Since I volunteered to be the tower steward for the Oakland Fire Tower, I plan to make regular visits to it (as indeed, I have done for several years prior to becoming a member of the FFLA) and will file reports noting any significant changes in the tower or its surroundings.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No

Staffing

Staffed? Yes

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes
As noted in the comments above, I have volunteered to be the tower steward for the Oakland Fire Tower. My signed volunteer paperwork is on file with the local Forest Service Office in Eatonton, GA. Unless otherwise directed, I plan to continue regular visits to the tower and will perform light cleanup, including removing encroaching vegetation outside the padlocked fence surrounding the tower base.

Photos

Photo courtesy of Drew Boswell