Morrell Lookout
US 164, MT 11

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 164, MT 11 (view other lookouts in United States, Montana)
Date Registered February 26, 1996
Nominated by Tim Love, Seeley Lake District Ranger
Location Lolo National Forest
Powell County, Montana
Coordinates N 47° 11.362' W 113° 21.447' (view using Google Maps)
N 47° 11' 22" W 113° 21' 27"
N 47.189361° W 113.357449°
Elevation 7,700 ft (2,347 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Seeley Lake Ranger District


The first lookout atop 7,796’ Morrell Mountain was a 12’x 12’ log cabin with cupola. Built in 1921, it looks into Montana’s scenic Mission Mountains and expansive timberlands to the south. In 1962 it was replaced with a 15’x 15’ R-6 flattop with catwalk on a 10’ concrete block base. It remains the primary lookout on the Seeley Lake Ranger District of the Lob National Forest.


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Visit Reports

October 10, 2003: Mary Ann Verbeke


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? No Response
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Paint will be needed next year. Will need new catwalk and stairs next year. Needs roof repair. Started leaking OVER THE BED!!!! this summer. Thank goodness no downpours.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Comments: Used as a repeater site for large fires in the area when necessary.
Other enroachments? Used in the past as a State radio relay sited and currently used by Lolo N.F. as a repeater and radio relay site.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? Yes


Staffed? Yes
Usually staffed from July 4th until Mid October with a couple extra weeks on either end a possibility, weather allowing

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes
There may be a possibility for volunteer maintenance work. Crews from the Seeley Lake Ranger District usually handle maintenance but fire activity may make them unavailable. Lots of that lately.