Spring Butte Lookout
US 174, OR 25
Spring Butte Lookout - 2007

Spring Butte Lookout - 2007 - courtesy of Ron Kemnow

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 174, OR 25 (view other lookouts in United States, Oregon)
Date Registered May 30, 1996
Nominated by Ron Johnson and Gary McAtee
Location Deschutes National Forest
Klamath County, Oregon
Coordinates N 43° 31.394' W 121° 20.880' (view using Google Maps)
N 43° 31' 24" W 121° 20' 53"
N 43.523240° W 121.348003°
Elevation 5,449 ft (1,661 m)
Built 1992
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District


The new 41’ fire tower erected atop Spring Butte in the Deschutes National Forest in 1991 may be a prototype of things to come in the Pacific Northwest. The angled treated Douglas Fir pole tower is built to last. It is topped with a new 16’ x 16’ octagonal cab design with catwalk, and replaced an active L-4 pole tower dating from 1932.


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Spring Butte Lookout - 1942

Spring Butte Lookout - 1942 - courtesy of the Deschutes National Forest Archive