Russell Mountain Lookout
US 1471, ID 163
1983 site photo

1983 site photo - courtesy of Ray Kresek

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1471, ID 163 (view other lookouts in United States, Idaho)
Date Registered December 7, 2020
Nominated by Brad Eells
Location Idaho Panhandle National Forests
Boundary County, Idaho
Coordinates N 48° 48.539' W 116° 32.722' (view using Google Maps)
N 48° 48' 32" W 116° 32' 43"
N 48.808981° W 116.545371°
Elevation 6,618 ft (2,017 m)
Built 1930s
Former Fire Lookout Sites Register US 2079, ID 30
Administered by U.S. Forest Service


A camp with an alidade was established in 1927, a cabin built in the 1930's.

The site was not staffed after 1967. The tower was removed sometime after that point, although the lookout cabin was left.


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Lookout cabin

Lookout cabin - courtesy of Kyle Cossairt

Tower footings in 2006

Tower footings in 2006 - courtesy of Gary Weber