Kane Mountain Fire Tower
US 111, NY 10

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 111, NY 10 (view other lookouts in United States, New York)
Date Registered March 6, 1995
Nominated by Fred Knauf, NY Chapter, FFLA
Location Fulton County, New York
Coordinates N 43° 10.860' W 074° 30.948' (view using Google Maps)
N 43° 10' 52" W 074° 30' 57"
N 43.181000° W 074.515800°
Elevation 2,200 ft (671 m)
Administered by NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Cooperators NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation and NY Chapter of Forest Fire Lookout Association


Located in the southwestern corner of the Adirondack Park, Kane Mountain Fire Tower was the only one built in Fulton County. Although established in 1925 the facility did not begin operating until 1926. The 60’ Aermotor LS-40 tower with 7x7’ steel cab was staffed until 1988. The New York Chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association has expressed an interest in helping maintain the tower and the groundhouse.


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June 2003--Panoramic view of Canada Lake (Bill Starr photo)

June 2003--Panoramic view of Canada Lake (Bill Starr photo)

Feb. 2004--Tower and Cabin (Warren Johnsen photo-courtesy Bill Starr)

Feb. 2004--Tower and Cabin (Warren Johnsen photo-courtesy Bill Starr)

Visit Reports

January 1, 2018: Laurie Rankin


Needs paint? No
Shutters OK? Not Applicable
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Fire Tower is in good overall condition, but will likely need a coat of paint in the next few years. Kane Mountain fire tower is easily accessible. Because of this, there is often a great deal of graffiti on the inside of the cab. This is painted over frequently. The Observer's cabin has been vandalized and is open to the elements and has significant graffiti inside. There is a hole in the roof.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Yes
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes
The FFLA and the NYSDEC worked together to repaint graffiti in the summer of 2016. Discussions have been held regarding repairs to the Observer's cabin and how best to secure same once repairs are made. This facility would benefit greatly by a volunteer group that could maintain the facilities and educate the hiking public regarding fire tower history, the local area and regulations.