Calamity Butte Lookout
US 73, OR 10
Calamity Butte Lookout

Calamity Butte Lookout - courtesy of Rex Kamstra

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 73, OR 10 (view other lookouts in United States, Oregon)
Date Registered January 30, 1994
Nominated by Gary McAtee and Mark Swift
Location Malheur National Forest
Harney County, Oregon
Coordinates N 43° 55.706' W 118° 49.502' (view using Google Maps)
N 43° 55' 42" W 118° 49' 30"
N 43.928435° W 118.825038°
Elevation 6,666 ft (2,032 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Emigrant Peak Ranger District


Calamity Butte has been in continuous use for 65 years, and in that period has probably lived up to its name! The wooden, ground level 14’ x 14’ live-in structure is a “Supervisor Hall Special” built on a revised California design. A predecessor design of the popular L-4 model, it is one of only two such lookouts known to remain in Region 6 (Oregon & Washington). This U.S. Forest Service lookout is still in active use on the Malheur National Forest.


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Calamity Butte Lookout - Ground cab - 1943

Calamity Butte Lookout - Ground cab - 1943 - courtesy of the Malheur National Forest

November 10, 2022 photo

November 10, 2022 photo - courtesy of Dillan Smith