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CURRIER GUARD STATION, OR

part ofFremont-Winema National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: CURRIER GUARD STATION
Status: Open through Tue Nov 18 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Historic Currier Guard Station is nestled in a scattering of fir, pine and aspen, providing an ideal setting for guests seeking relaxation and recreation in the Fremont-Winema National Forest.

The guard station was named after a local ranch owner, and was constructed in 1933 as an out station for the Paisley Ranger District to house forest fire prevention and suppression crews in the field. Fire crews occupied the station seasonally until the early 1990s. Today, the cabin offers guests a secluded getaway in a landscape abundant with wildlife and nature.

Although the cabin provides some amenities for those seeking a comfortable lodging experience, guests must bring several of their own supplies.

Natural Features:

Fremont National Forest is known for its towering snow-capped peaks, volcanic landscapes, wide-open sage basins, scenic vistas and wild places where visitors can still find solitude.

Behind the cabin, an expanse of meadow stretches to meet the forest's edge, providing a perfect habitat for a variety of wildlife. Red tail hawks perch in treetops looking for field mice. Meadowlarks, Steller's jays and hummingbirds also frequent the area. Larger mammals, such as deer and Rocky Mountain elk find homes in the forests.

Recreation:

Currier Guard Station is a wonderful location for hiking, fishing, horseback riding and biking in summer and early fall. In the winter months, guest can take advantage of skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

The cabin is located one mile north of the Sycan Wild and Scenic River, a scenic spot for fly fishing. The river corridor winds from a steep canyon to broad meadows, containing a diversity of landforms, rocks and vegetation. Coniferous forests intermingle with riparian vegetation, and expanses of sage and bitterbrush grow in the drier areas. The river supports rainbow, brook, brown and bull trout.

Hikers and equestrians will enjoy numerous trails threading through the forest.

Facilities:

The 450 square-foot cabin has two rooms and can accommodate up to four people. The combination bedroom/living room is furnished with a set of bunk beds, a double bed and propane heating stove. The kitchen is equipped with a table and chairs and a propane cook stove. A picnic table and campfire ring are provided for outdoor cooking, dining and campfires. A vault toilet is located near the cabin.

There is no water on site, so guests must bring sufficient supplies for drinking, cooking and washing. Guests must also provide their own sleeping bags, sleeping pads, towels, dish soap, matches, cooking gear, first aid kit, toilet paper and garbage bags. Although propane lighting is available, guests are advised to bring an additional light source in case of emergencies. The Forest Service provides firewood collected from blown-down branches and trees.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s) With Mattress
  • Birding
  • Bunkbed(s) With Mattresses
  • Campfire Rings
  • Equestrian Sites
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Hitching Racks
  • Hitching Rails
  • Horse Corrals
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Propane Lights
  • Propane Stove
  • Table and Chairs
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
    Entry to the cabin is by combination lock; please stop by or phone (541-943-3114) the Paisley Ranger District to pick up the lock combination during office hours, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed holidays)
  • No water available at the lookout; guests must bring plenty of water for drinking, cooking and washing
  • Please bring your own garbage bags and clean the facility before you leave; this is a "pack it in, pack it out" site
  • All Forest Service cabin rentals are non-smoking facilities
  • Please contact the Ranger District prior to arriving at the cabin to check on any restrictions or conditions, such as fire or road closures, weather or storms that may affect the quality of your visit
  • The guard station may be closed for administrative use if large wildfires start in nearby areas
  • Off-road vehicles are allowed on designated trails only
  • Learn more about theFremont-Winema National Forest.


  • Don't Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
42.73083, -120.90556
42°43'51"N, 120°54'20"W

From Paisley Ranger District, drive 12 miles north on Highway 31 and turn left on Forest Road 29, also referred to as Government Harvey Pass. Drive 10 miles on Forest Road 29. Drive carefully on this road as it has narrow curves and washboard conditions. At the junction with Forest Road 2901, turn left and stay on Forest Road 29 for 2 more miles. At paved "T" junction with Forest Road 28, stay to the right and drive 3.5 miles to junction with Forest Road 30. Stay left on Forest Road 30 at "Y" intersection. One mile southwest on Forest Road 30 is a sign for Currier Guard Station; turn right.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

CURRIER GUARD STATION
303 HWY 31
PAISLEY  OR  97636

Phone Number:

Information:  (541)943-3114
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