Camp Douglas Lookout
US 1296, WI 56
October 2015 photo

October 2015 photo - courtesy of J.R. Manning

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1296, WI 56 (view other lookouts in United States, Wisconsin)
Date Registered March 14, 2019
Nominated by Brecken Young
Location Volk Field Air National Guard Base
Juneau County, Wisconsin
Coordinates N 43° 55.428' W 090° 15.492' (view using Google Maps)
N 43° 55' 26" W 090° 15' 29"
N 43.923806° W 090.258194°
Elevation 1,175 ft (358 m)
Built 1932


The 68-foot Camp Douglas Tower is a Wisconsin standard stairway style featuring internal dogleg stairs, rather than the much more common cage-protected external ladder variant.  Both styles were developed by the Wisconsin Conservation Commission in the early 30’s.  While the external ladder type is abundant across Wisconsin, the stair style such as Camp Douglas is quite uncommon with relatively few ever being constructed.  The Camp Douglas Lookout was built in 1932 and was staffed intermittently during spring fire season until 2015 when Wisconsin decommissioned its lookout network.


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Camp Douglas Lookout in 1934

Camp Douglas Lookout in 1934