Elk Mountain Lookout
US 30, SD 3
Elk Mountain Lookout - 2011

Elk Mountain Lookout - 2011 - courtesy of Ron Kemnow

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 30, SD 3 (view other lookouts in United States, South Dakota)
Date Registered November 15, 1991
Nominated by Burns L. Davison, District Ranger, USFS, Elk Mountain Ranger District
Location Black Hills National Forest
Custer County, South Dakota
Coordinates N 43° 43.451' W 104° 02.463' (view using Google Maps)
N 43° 43' 27" W 104° 02' 28"
N 43.724180° W 104.041045°
Elevation 5,631 ft (1,716 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Elk Mountain Ranger District


Located on the Wyoming-South Dakota state line, on the Black Hills National Forest, Elk Mountain Lookout remains active and reports an average of eight to twelve fires a year. The 67.5' steel tower, with 7'x7' cab, along with a 32'x22' log cabin living quarters, was constructed by the CCC in 1941. The log cabin burned down during the Elk Mountain Fire in the late 90s.


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