Pelican Butte Lookout
US 499, OR 92
Pelican Butte Lookout - 2013

Pelican Butte Lookout - 2013 - courtesy of Ron Kemnow

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 499, OR 92 (view other lookouts in United States, Oregon)
Date Registered March 31, 2003
Nominated by Howard Verschoor, Oregon Registrar
Location Winema National Forest
Klamath County, Oregon
Coordinates N 42° 30.799' W 122° 08.745' (view using Google Maps)
N 42° 30' 48" W 122° 08' 45"
N 42.513320° W 122.145750°
Elevation 7,994 ft (2,437 m)
Built 1986
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Klamath Ranger District


Voted Oregon’s ugliest lookout by members of FFLA, Pelican Butte Lookout on the Winema National Forest nevertheless has a colorful history.

The first structure was an L-4 on a cable braced pole tower. In 1954 it was replaced by a classic new model L-4 on a treated timber tower, described in the book: “Walls of Glass.” Only 12 years later that was replaced by a R-6 live-in cab on a 20’ treated timber tower.

In 1986 a cable company requested use of the mountain top as a relay station, and proffered the present metal 10’x10’ cab on a 20’ metal tower as part of the bargain. Currently on standby status.


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Pelican Butte Lookout - 1942

Pelican Butte Lookout - 1942 - courtesy of Winema National Forest Archive