Gordon Lookout
US 1260, WI 46

Photo courtesy of Brian Ziegler

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1260, WI 46 (view other lookouts in United States, Wisconsin)
Date Registered December 6, 2017
Nominated by Tyler Bormann
Location Douglas County, Wisconsin
Coordinates N 46° 14.691' W 091° 48.450' (view using Google Maps)
N 46° 14' 41" W 091° 48' 27"
N 46.244842° W 091.807503°
Elevation 1,142 ft (348 m)
Administered by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


Gordon tower is a 100-foot Aermotor, likely an MC-39 model. Originally built in August 1935 in the SWSE, Section 36, T.44N.-R.12W. at an elevation of 736' it was moved to its current location at an unknown date. Gordon features a US Forest Service-style stairway and at some point its stair treads and landings were upgraded to expanded steel rather than wood. Gordon tower was staffed intermittently during spring fire season until 2015 when Wisconsin decommissioned its lookout network.

Douglas County has been working with a Friends of the Bird Sanctuary organization to preserve the tower since it was deactivated by the state.


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Visit Reports

October 10, 2022: Tonya R Mand


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

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No Response
Directions to tower signed? Yes


Staffed? Sometimes
Open some Sundays during the year.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Unsure
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Unsure