Keller Butte Lookout
US 1548, WA 78
Keller Butte Lookout - 2019

Keller Butte Lookout - 2019 - courtesy of Christine Estrada

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1548, WA 78 (view other lookouts in United States, Washington)
Date Registered April 12, 2022
Nominated by Christine Estrada
Location Colville Indian Reservation
Ferry County, Washington
Coordinates N 48° 03.693' W 118° 47.738' (view using Google Maps)
N 48° 03' 42" W 118° 47' 44"
N 48.061547° W 118.795630°
Elevation 4,800 ft (1,463 m)
Built 1964
Administered by Colville Indian Reservation


A camp lookout was established at Keller Butte in 1932. In 1933, the first Civilian Conservation Corp camp for the district was opened with 75 men who worked on building the Cache Creek Road, a new road from Cache Creek summit to Park City, and a road from the summit to the new lookout tour atop Keller Butte. In 1935, an 80′ 3-legged wooden tower with 7×7 cab and accompanying L-4 ground house for living quarters was constructed.

The Colville Examiner in 1943 reported that many teachers were staffing lookouts on the Colville National Forest and Miss Josephine Volger was stationed on Keller. The present 67′ steel live-in tower, built in 1964, is staffed every summer.

A plaque at Keller Butte commemorates fire lookout Ramona Peone, who spent 40+ years manning both Johnny George and Keller Butte lookouts. Her obituary from 2015 in the Grand Coulee Star talks of the details of her fire lookout life.

The Chuweah Creek fire, started July 12, 2021 by lightning, burned across the north shore of Buffalo Lake and across Keller Butte Road north of the lookout. The fire was eventually contained at 36,000+ acres.


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Keller Butte Lookout - Three leg tower - 1960

Keller Butte Lookout - Three leg tower - 1960 - courtesy of the National Archive

L-4 ground cabin - 1960

L-4 ground cabin - 1960 - courtesy of the National Archive