Originally developed atop the volcanic cinder cone in 1931 with an L-4 cab, a 2-story R-6 flat cab replaced it in 1957. The first floor was expanded in 1960 for a visitor center. The structure was dismantled in 1997 to make way for a brand new lookout/visitor center. The present lookout, a 2-story replica of a gable-roofed L-4 with 1st floor visitor center, was built in 1998. More fires have been reported first from Lava Butte than any other lookout on the Deschutes!
Deschutes National Forest
9 miles SSW of Bend
Deschutes County, Oregon
Elevation 5016'
USGS Benchmark PB0704
USGS Benchmark PB0706

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Lava Butte in 1933 Lava Butte in 1948 Lava Butte in 1950 Lava Butte in 1950 Lava Butte in 1950 Lava Butte in 1959 Lava Butte in the 1990's Lava Butte in 1999 Lava Butte in 2013
Photos courtesy the Fire Lookout Museum, the U.S. Forest Service, Gary Weber and Rex Kamstra