The guard station at Lodgepole Meadow was built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps to replace the original station built in 1911. Lodgepole Meadow was used as a remote guard station for the early Forest Service crews working in the area.
During WWII, Herb and Zella Wright, a husband and wife lookout team, lived throughout the winter high up on the Blue Rock Lookout several miles away watching for enemy aircraft. Lodgepole Guard Station served as their base camp.
Today, Lodgepole Guard Station is a perfect destination for horse enthusiasts, families and those looking for a unique camping experience in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.
Considered to be an outstanding example of Civilian Conservation Corps construction in the Pacific Northwest, the one story cabin is designed to comfortably sleep 4 occupants. The bedroom is furnished with a full-size bed, a small closet and one dresser. The living room is furnished with a futon and coffee table. The kitchen is equipped with a table and chairs, a sink, a refrigerator, a stove, and basic cooking utensils. The bathroom has running water, a shower and flush toilet.
The heater, stove and refrigerator are operated by propane and potable water may be available for drinking and cooking from the faucet. (call ranger station to check status of water at cabin) A picnic table in the backyard permits comfortable outside dining.
Lighting is not available at the site, so bringing lanterns and flashlights is a must. Guests will also need to bring sleeping bags & towels.
A former bunkhouse, tool shed, barn and stable with several horse paddocks, are also on site. There is additional space for tent camping in the yard.
You may contact the Prospect Ranger Station at 541-560-3400 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.
Lodgepole Guard Station is surrounded by 40 acres of cross-fenced pastures dotted with pines, and surrounded by forested rolling hills. The large grassy meadow has a long history of being a major grazing area for horses and cattle, and that tradition continues today.
Diverse landscapes of the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest provide habitat for a wide-range of wildlife in the area, including spotted owls and bull elk to salamanders and salmon. These species, along with many others, depend on the surrounding undeveloped wilderness, undisturbed wetlands, clean streams, and diverse forests to live.
Diamond Lake Resort, Crater Lake National Park, Lost Creek Lake, Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, National Falls, Rogue Gorge, Natural Bridge and Mount McLoughlin are all wonderful sights to see.
The meadow offers plenty of room and even terrain for a large group of visitors to spread out, camp, horseback ride, hike, mountain bike or just relax.
Additional horseback riding trails are a short trailer ride away, and include the Alta Lake, Middle Fork and Seven Lakes Trails, all of which lead into the Sky Lakes Wilderness.
PO BOX 227 BUTTE FALLS OR 97522
For campground inquiries, please call: 541-865-2700
From Butte Falls, OR, drive east on the Butte Falls - Fish Lake Highway (County Road 821). Less than a mile from town, turn left onto the Butte Fall - Prospect Highway (County Road 992) and travel north on County Road 992. Go 9 miles on County Road 992 to Forest Road 34. Turn right, go 5 miles on Forest Road 34 until its junction with Forest Road 3400-600. Unlock the gate and travel north / northeast on Forest Road 3400-600 for 1 mile. Turn left through gate and proceed 200 yards to the guard station. For an alternative route to Lodgepole that bypasses the town of Butte Falls, take State Highway 62 to the town of Prospect, OR. At the Prospect Hotel turn east onto the Butte Falls - Prospect Highway (County Road 992), travel approximately 14 miles and take the left turn on Forest Road 34. Travel 5 miles on Forest Road 34 until its junction with Forest Road 3400-600. Unlock the gate and travel north / northeast on Forest Road 3400-600 for 1 mile. Turn left through the gate and proceed 200 yards to the guard station.