Catfish Fire Tower
US 247, NJ 9

Photo courtesy of David Lemmo

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 247, NJ 9 (view other lookouts in United States, New Jersey)
Date Registered December 15, 1997
Location Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Warren County, New Jersey
Coordinates N 41° 02.855' W 074° 58.347' (view using Google Maps)
N 41° 02' 51" W 074° 58' 21"
N 41.047583° W 074.972450°
Elevation 1,555 ft (474 m)
Administered by New Jersey Forest Fire Service
Cooperators New Jersey Forest Fire Service

Description

Located on the Appalachian Trail in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Catfish Fire Tower was constructed in 1922, replacing a wooden tower. In 1993 the 7’ x 7’ cab was rebuilt on this 60’ Aermotor LS-40 tower.

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Visit Reports

July 28, 2018: David Lemmo

Condition

Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Not Applicable
Condition of wood OK? Not Applicable
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Warped angle iron on first and fifth Landings, but otherwise steel seems to be in good structural condition.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No
Comments? Following the Appalachian Trail, in either the northbound or southbound directions, there does not appear to be any signage, however the tower is visible from the AT within a hundred feet of his clearing in both directions.

Staffing

Staffed? Sometimes
No staff were present, however, the tower does appear to still be in commission.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Unsure
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Unsure

July 14, 2018: Anthony Diehl

Condition

Needs paint? No
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Not Applicable
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: The tower has awesome views spanning into NJ, PA and NY. If you go during the night, the skies are super dark if you go on a moonless night. Amazing night views of the stars

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No Response

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? About a 2 mile hike to the tower, nice and easy.

Staffing

Staffed? Sometimes
When I went there during the day there was a guy in the tower. He invited me up and we talked for about 45 minutes about his job and various other things. Such a nice guy.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Unsure
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Unsure

Photos

Photo courtesy of Anthony Diehl