Watchman Lookout
US 401, OR 48

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 401, OR 48 (view other lookouts in United States, Oregon)
Date Registered December 1, 2002
Location Crater Lake National Park
Klamath County, Oregon
Coordinates N 42° 56.580' W 122° 10.272' (view using Google Maps)
N 42° 56' 35" W 122° 10' 16"
N 42.943000° W 122.171200°
Elevation 8,025 ft (2,446 m)
Built 1931
Administered by U.S. Dept. of the Interior
Cooperators National Park Service


One of the grandest lookouts in Oregon, if not the U.S., The Watchman is located at the edge of the Crater Lake caldera overlooking the lake itself. The imposing two-story stone structure was built by crews under the supervision of the U.S. National Park Service in 1931 and was completed in the early part of the fire season in 1932. Reached by a short hike from the west rim overlook, it is possibly the most visited lookout in Oregon (Lava Butte may claim that title). Carefully restored in 1999, the lookout is in service.


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