Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed


The view of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness may be a sight to behold from the Quail Prairie Lookout site at 3,033 feet above sea level, but it becomes truly breathtaking after the 52-foot climb up to the primitive cabin that awaits at the top of the tower. Visitors to this rustic spot gaze with awe at the spectacular view, the sunrises and sunsets, and the night sky crowded with stars.

The one-room cabin, with windows all around, rests on the top of a 41-foot timber tower with eight by eight inch wooden legs, and is surrounded by a catwalk. It is furnished with a single bed, a table and two chairs, a stool, broom and fire extinguisher. It also features a wood stove (firewood is provided), as well as a propane stove for cooking and a propane refrigerator. A vault toilet is located near the tower. There is no water on site, so visitors must bring enough for drinking, cooking and washing.

Warning: Due to safety concerns and the height of the tower, children under the age of 12 years are not allowed.

  • Availability: Quail Prairie Lookout is available for rent June 15 through October 15, weather permitting.
  • Price and Capacity: $50 per night per group, with a maximum of four occupants. Fees are used directly for the maintenance and preservation of the lookout.
  • Reservations: There is a 10-day minimum advance window for reservations. The maximum length stay is three consecutive nights.   Phone 1-877-444-6777 or visit


Built in 1963, this was one of the last fire lookouts to be built by the Forest Service in southwestern Oregon. Even the early 1960s, the Quail Prairie vicinity’s Forest Service road system remained very limited, making it important to have a "fixed" fire-detection facility for this area. It was used as a lookout until the mid-1990s.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This site is temporarily closed due to structural safety concerns.
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns:
  • Brookings, OR
Information Center: Gold Beach Ranger District

General Information


From Brookings, Oregon, from US Highway 101, drive east on North Bank Chetco River Road (County Road 784). This becomes Forest Road 1376 in approximately 8 miles. Turn left after crossing the South Fork Bridge (16 miles from Brookings). Turn right on Forest Road 1917 approximately 1 mile after the bridge. Follow Quail Prairie signs staying on Forest Road 1917. The lookout is 3 miles beyond Packer’s Cabin. The total distance is 26 miles. Plan on an hour and a half of travel time on forest roads. The roads are generally one-lane and gravel, with pullouts. Many people use these roads, including logging trucks, forestry workers, and recreational vehicles. Drive slowly, stay to the right side of the road at all times, and use pullouts. Above all, be alert and drive defensively.

General Notes:
  • No smoking
  • Pets are welcome
  • Due to the height of the tower, no children under 12 years old are permitted


  • Vault Toilet
  • Wood Stove
  • Firewood
  • Propane Cooking Stove
  • Propane Refrigerator

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Visitors enjoy views of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness and the Chetco River drainage. Brookings and the southern Oregon coast are close by. The nearby Upper Chetco Trail #1102 (area is unavailable) provides good hiking; it accesses grassy meadows and viewpoints.

Reservation Info This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at
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3,033 feet