Big River Lookout
US 80, IL 1

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 80, IL 1 (view other lookouts in United States, Illinois)
Date Registered March 12, 1994
Nominated by David A. Gillespie, Illinois Division of Forest Resources
Location Big River State Forest
Henderson County, Illinois
Coordinates N 41° 02.802' W 090° 55.836' (view using Google Maps)
N 41° 02' 48" W 090° 55' 50"
N 41.046700° W 090.930600°
Elevation 576 ft (176 m)
Administered by Illinois Department of Conservation
Cooperators Illinois Department of Conservation


The Illinois Department of Conservation once had a network of 10 fire towers across the state, and the U.S. Forest Service had an additional 7 in the Shawnee National Forest. All of the federal towers are gone and only two state towers remain. Big River Lookout is located on the eastern bluffs along the Mississippi River within the Big River State Forest. The 60’ steel tower with 7’x7’ cab was constructed in 1941.


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