Lava Butte Lookout
US 508, OR 100

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 508, OR 100 (view other lookouts in United States, Oregon)
Date Registered September 2, 2003
Location Deschutes National Forest
Deschutes County, Oregon
Coordinates N 43° 55.071' W 121° 21.380' (view using Google Maps)
N 43° 55' 04" W 121° 21' 23"
N 43.917850° W 121.356330°
Elevation 4,958 ft (1,511 m)
Built 1998
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District


With this listing, Oregon becomes the first state to place 100 stations on the National Historic Lookout Register. The honor on Number 100 goes to Lava Butte Lookout on the Deschutes National Forest south of Bend, OR. One of the most visited lookouts in the U.S., the station is also a visitor center for the Lavalands National Monument. The current structure, the third on the site, was built in 1998 as a reproduction of a gable roof L-4 cab with catwalk. It replaced a unique slant window flattop cab with downstairs visitor center constructed in 1957. The original lookout was an L-4 groundhouse built in 1931.


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