Lyon Mountain Fire Tower
US 1174, NY 39

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Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1174, NY 39 (view other lookouts in United States, New York)
Date Registered January 23, 2017
Nominated by Laurie Rankin
Location Chazy Highlands Wild Forest
Clinton County, New York
Coordinates N 44° 42.285' W 073° 51.764' (view using Google Maps)
N 44° 42' 17" W 073° 51' 46"
N 44.704755° W 073.862733°
Elevation 3,813 ft (1,162 m)
Built 1917
Administered by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation


With views north into Montreal Canada, east into the Green Mountains in Vermont and south into the high peaks of the Adirondacks, Lyon Mountain played an important role in spotting fires. This 35' Aermotor LS-40 tower was built in 1917. The fire tower was in use until the end of 1988 and was officially closed in 1989.


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Visit Reports

July 14, 2016: Laurie Rankin


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Not Applicable
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Overall condition of this fire tower is excellent. New footings, landing boards, stairs, cab floor and safety netting were put in place in 2005 through a joint effort of the NYSDEC and the Student Conservation Corp. Materials were flown in by the NYS Police helicopter. In the Fall of 2016, the NYS Chapter of the FFLA signed an agreement to maintain the trail and fire tower. In 2017 the inside of the fire tower cab was repainted to cover graffiti.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Comments: A radio repeater is on the fire tower, with solar panels and antenna as well as the equipment in a large metal box in the cab.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? Trail is well marked.


Staffed? Sometimes
The Town of Saranac and the NYSDEC hire a summit steward each summer to greet visitors and inform them of fire tower history, land use regulations, the surrounding area, Leave No Trace principles and hikeSafe information.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Yes
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes
The FFLA can assist the Town of Saranac and the NYSDEC with volunteer stewards as needed and does maintenance on the tower as needed with the NYSDEC.