Drake Peak Lookout
US 487, OR 80

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 487, OR 80 (view other lookouts in United States, Oregon)
Date Registered March 31, 2003
Nominated by Howard Verschoor, Oregon Registrar
Location Fremont National Forest
Lake County, Oregon
Coordinates N 42° 18.001' W 120° 07.400' (view using Google Maps)
N 42° 18' 00" W 120° 07' 24"
N 42.300020° W 120.123330°
Elevation 8,352 ft (2,546 m)
Built 1948
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Lakeview Ranger District
Available for Rental Yes, learn more


The biggest excitement at Drake Mountain Lookout on the Fremont National Forest comes when lightning strikes the adjacent propane tank. Drake's Peak was first used as a patrol lookout and had fire-finding instruments installed in 1915. At some time later a small building was built. In the summer of 1927 a standard Forest Service road was constructed next to the summit. A D-6 cupola was built there in 1928. The present L-4 ground house was constructed, brand new, next to the cupola in 1948 at a cost of $3451.47. Drake Peak (elev. 8352’) has the distinction of being the highest lookout with road access in Oregon.


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