West Fork Butte Lookout
US 173, MT 15

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 173, MT 15 (view other lookouts in United States, Montana)
Date Registered June 5, 1996
Nominated by Gary Weber, FFLA
Location Lolo National Forest
Missoula County, Montana
Coordinates N 46° 44.128' W 114° 24.906' (view using Google Maps)
N 46° 44' 08" W 114° 24' 54"
N 46.735460° W 114.415103°
Elevation 6,102 ft (1,860 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Missoula Ranger District
Available for Rental Yes, learn more


West Fork Butte is the only pre-1936 design hip-roof L-4 ground house lookout remaining in western Montana. It was generally staffed up to the late 1980s and has been extensively renovated by the Montana Chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association.


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