Budd Lake Fire Tower
US 246, NJ 8

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 246, NJ 8 (view other lookouts in United States, New Jersey)
Date Registered December 15, 1997
Location Morris County, New Jersey
Coordinates N 40° 53.704' W 074° 45.026' (view using Google Maps)
N 40° 53' 42" W 074° 45' 02"
N 40.895067° W 074.750433°
Elevation 1,182 ft (360 m)
Administered by New Jersey Forest Fire Service
Cooperators New Jersey Forest Fire Service


Originally known in 1905 as the “95 Mile Tree Lookout” because of its location at Mile 95 of the old state turnpike on the west shore of New Jersey’s largest fresh water lake, Budd Lake has served as a lookout point for 92 years. The current 60’ steel Aermotor tower with 7’ x 7’ metal cab was constructed in 1924. It is the only lookout in the state equipped with an Osborne fire finder and is active.


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Visit Reports

February 20, 2015: Jan Braidech


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

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No
Other enroachments? Trees and/or tree branches should be considered cut back as we understand that we should have been able to see Budd Lake from Milton fire tower.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No


Staffed? Yes
I had a visit with Matt Watson who was manning the tower at the time. He was willing to answer all my questions. He was prepared in case of fire...

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

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

Other Comments

Comments As of April 2016, we could not see Budd Lake fire tower from Milton fire tower as it was blocked by tree growth. (We think at least branches need to be taken down.)