Trout Creek Butte Lookout
US 506, OR 98

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 506, OR 98 (view other lookouts in United States, Oregon)
Date Registered March 31, 2003
Nominated by Howard Verschoor, Oregon Registrar
Location Deschutes National Forest
Deschutes County, Oregon
Coordinates N 44° 14.457' W 121° 40.286' (view using Google Maps)
N 44° 14' 27" W 121° 40' 17"
N 44.240950° W 121.671430°
Elevation 5,438 ft (1,658 m)
Built 1933
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Sisters Ranger District


One of a handful of 7’x7’ Aermotor towers remaining in the central Cascades, the 86’ Trout Creek Butte Lookout has stood on the Deschutes National Forest since 1933. It has been on standby status since 1972.


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Visit Reports

August 21, 2015: Brody Swisher


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? No Response
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? No Response
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Main cab has bullet holes and almost no paint left. No glass or shutters remain in the cab. Stairs are usable but the wood is rotten. The steel frame, however, is in great shape. <br /> <br />Bottom three flights of stairs were removed by Forest Service

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes