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Attention Campers : Please be aware that the Lookout is now closed due to a wildfire in the vicinity - starting August 9, 2014 through the end of the season-September 26, 2014.
LOOKOUT BUTTE LOOKOUT, ID
part ofNez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Fri Sep 26 2014 Season Dates
OverviewLookout Butte has a history that spans nearly 80 years and has been home to three lookout towers. The first, built in 1923, was 45 feet tall with just a platform on which to stand. A cabin was put on the tower a couple years later. In 1935, a 50-foot tower was constructed. A new tower was built beside the old one in 1962, and this is currently available for rent.
The current 60-foot wooden tower offers panoramic views and the perfect setting for enjoying the area's tranquility and natural beauty. Guests can enjoy the scenery from the exterior catwalk or from inside the single-room cabin.
The lookout sits at 5,869 feet in elevation with breathtaking views of the Selway Crags in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness area, the Seven Devils Mountain Range, Coolwater Ridge, Pilot Knob Lookout and the Lochsa and Selway River drainages.
Several primitive roads in the area are open to mountain biking and off-road vehicles. Other activities in the area include hiking through second-growth forest and birding.
The lookout has room for up to four people and comes with two twin beds with foam mattresses. Other amenities include a propane stove and oven with fuel, a table and chairs, a broom, a bucket and a mop.
Guests can take a sightseeing drive from Lowell to Selway Falls and back. This 42-mile drive offers opportunities to appreciate the pristine beauty of the Selway River, a Wild and Scenic River, as well as picturesque Selway Falls.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Travel to Lowell, Idaho, located approximately midway between Lewiston, Idaho and Missoula, Montana on Highway 12, milepost 97. Cross the Selway Bridge, drive 3.5 miles and cross the Swiftwater Bridge on your right. Follow the signs 13 miles for about 1 hour to the lookout.
An alternate route involves traveling 6.5 miles upriver from the Selway Bridge, cross the O'Hara Bridge on the right and follow the signs for about 1 hour to the lookout. The last quarter mile can be traveled in a conventional vehicle at low speed and with caution.
Mailing Address:LOOKOUT BUTTE LOOKOUT
831 Selway Road
KOOSKIA ID 83539
Phone Number:Information: (208)926-4258