Fox Butte Lookout
US 146, OR 22
Fox Butte Lookout - 2006

Fox Butte Lookout - 2006 - courtesy of Ron Kemnow

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 146, OR 22 (view other lookouts in United States, Oregon)
Date Registered January 19, 1996
Nominated by Ron Johnson, FFLA
Location Deschutes National Forest
Lake County, Oregon
Coordinates N 43° 36.631' W 120° 50.558' (view using Google Maps)
N 43° 36' 38" W 120° 50' 34"
N 43.610510° W 120.842639°
Elevation 6,065 ft (1,849 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District


In 1919 a heliograph was set up on the west point of the butte. In 1920 a telephone line was built to the western point from the Cabin Lake Ranger Station. In 1924, a standard D-6 cupola was constructed on the western point. In August 1926 a fire swept over the summit completely burning the cupola. A pole tower and a ground cabin for living quarters was constructed. The current 80’ steel Aermotor tower with metal 7’ x 7’ cab was built in 1933 on Fox Butte and the cabin from the western point was moved to the tower site on the eastern point. In 1934 the garage was built. The present ground cabin, a gable-roof L-4, was moved from Sixteen Butte in 1948.


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Fox Butte Lookout - 1942

Fox Butte Lookout - 1942 - courtesy of the Deschutes National Forest Archives