Yaak Mountain Lookout
US 1071, MT 61
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Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1071, MT 61 (view other lookouts in United States, Montana)
Date Registered January 3, 2015
Nominated by J Frank
Location Kootenai National Forest
Lincoln County, Montana
Coordinates N 48° 33.615' W 115° 55.290' (view using Google Maps)
N 48° 33' 37" W 115° 55' 17"
N 48.560250° W 115.921500°
Elevation 4,959 ft (1,512 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service

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Dave Bula

Condition

Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No
Comments: No "e-junk" at all, thank goodness. They haven't discovered this one yet.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? Just one sign down at the bottom of the mountain, says 3 miles, when it's really 5 miles. Road is usually gated 5 miles down, but loggers working inside the gate had left it open.

Staffing

Staffed? Sometimes
Last regularly staffed in 1988. But was staffed in 1995, 1998, and 2000 also. Beginning this year it is on the rental program. No Osborne firefinder in the LO, but it could still be staffed sporadically, and probably will be.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No Response

August 9, 2006: J Frank

Condition

Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Comments: Secured some sagging ceiling tiles w/screws provided by FS. Fixed Osborne Fire Finder Front sight. Flying Ants- common problem in area; easy to take Flying Insect Spray- Troy, MT w/in 15 minutes. Lookout great place to go w/family.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No
Comments: Gate chain cut by ?whoever- reported to Ranger Station as someone kept coming up the road- they will take care of it. Not a real problem- just report if happens and don't let it deter you from going here!!
Other enroachments? none

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? We put the sign back up

Staffing

Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes