Omak Mountain Lookout
US 1557, WA 84
Omak Mountain Lookout - 2018

Omak Mountain Lookout - 2018 - courtesy of Christine Estrada

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1557, WA 84 (view other lookouts in United States, Washington)
Date Registered April 13, 2022
Nominated by Christine Estrada
Location Colville Indian Reservation
Okanogan County, Washington
Coordinates N 48° 26.963' W 119° 18.541' (view using Google Maps)
N 48° 26' 58" W 119° 18' 32"
N 48.449391° W 119.309018°
Elevation 5,747 ft (1,752 m)
Built 1986
Administered by Colville Indian Reservation


An L-4 cab lookout was first constructed on the summit of Omak Mountain in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

In 1943 it was reported in the Colville Examiner that many teachers were employed as fire lookouts that summer across the Colville National Forest, including Miss Rachel Butte from Chewelah Junior High on Omak Mountain.

The L-4 was replaced in 1968 by a 20′ timber tower with R-6 flat cab, then again in 1986 with the present 53′ all-steel live in tower that is still staffed in summer.

 Lookout added to NHLR as a National Lookout Register listing until it reaches 50 years of age.


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1952 - courtesy of the Washington Digital Archive