Tunk Mountain Lookout
US 648, WA 56

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 648, WA 56 (view other lookouts in United States, Washington)
Date Registered January 2, 2006
Location Okanogan County, Washington
Coordinates N 48° 32.725' W 119° 14.180' (view using Google Maps)
N 48° 32' 44" W 119° 14' 11"
N 48.545420° W 119.236330°
Elevation 6,056 ft (1,846 m)
Built 1966
Administered by Washington Dept. of Natural Resources
Cooperators Washington Dept. of Natural Resources
Lookout Steward Robert Kendall


Tunk Mountain Lookout was built by the U.S. Forest Service on the Okanogan National Forest is 1933. It was an L-4 cab on a 40’ pole tower. In the 1950’s the Washington Dept. of Natural Resources took over the tower and in 1966 replaced it was the current 40’ timber tower with a 14’x14’ WDNR cab with cat walk. Declared surplus in the 1990s, it was purchased by W.R. Morrison and kept on site with a special use permit. In 2004 the lookout was purchased by American Resources and was again staffed for a month in 2005 during reconstruction of nearby Bonaparte Lookout.


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Visit Reports

October 9, 2008: Michael B.Kirchner


Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? No Response
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? No


Staffed? Sometimes

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No Response